Gaming on mobile phones has advanced far beyond the imaginations within the massive consumer base of what is now known as the smartphone industry. Largely in part to Apple’s App Store, we are seeing everything from your basic puzzle release such as Candy Crush to your more hardcore, demanding games like the recently released, Infinity Blade III. While both of these games provide enjoyable experiences, sometimes I only have a couple minutes to spare after a long, busy workday and want to relax not only physically, but mentally. Hyper Ball achieves just that.
In Hyper Ball, players take control of the Hyper Ball utilizing your favorite iOS device’s accelerometer or touchscreen. In control of the Hyper Ball, the goal is to traverse the longest distance possible without leaving the on-screen boundary. While bouncing your way down, you will encounter various obstacles that will challenge your ability to stay alive. The standard blocks don’t pose much harm, but Hyper Ball wouldn’t live up to its name if the game consisted of just plain, boring blocks. Featuring a variety of blocks that impact the gameplay, quick movements will need to be made to survive. For example, TNT blocks are laid throughout the course and to keep it simple, you want to avoid these at all costs. Failing to dodge such blocks and making contact will cause an explosion, likely causing your Hyper Ball to go flying outside of the boundaries. There are also spring blocks that will cause Hyper Ball to bounce off the block as if it were a trampoline, disappearing blocks that will diminish over a short period of time, and coin blocks that when destroyed, will add to your coin count.
How are these blocks destroyed exactly? Hyper Ball not only features unique blocks, but it’s own powerups such as the slowdown doing just that, slowing down the speed for a limited amount of time and the hammer allowing you to destroy blocks once they turn red. Collecting coins along the way, this in-game currency can be used to purchase new balls and a higher coin count in the coin blocks throughout the game.
Featuring four unique balls all with their very own characteristics, players have the option of collecting the amount of coins required to purchase the balls, or using real currency through in-app purchases. While players will start with the standard Hyper Ball, the experience becomes enriched when being able to switch in gameplay between the Hyper Ball and let’s say the Super-Light Bounce Ball that bounces at a more substantial rate. The different balls also offer different score multipliers that will assist in driving those scores up as high as you can.
Including 20 challenge-based levels, Hyper Ball will challenge you in ways other than just collecting a certain amount of points. While all of the levels contain point thresholds that must be met in order to progress, there are also unique challenges such as obtaining a certain amount of points without collecting any coins. I found myself determined to beat these levels and never once felt exhausted by its intriguing gameplay.
Overall, Hyper Ball offers an enjoyable and incredibly addictive experience on Apple’s iOS platform. Offering a simple, yet feature-rich experience, Hyper Ball is a game I would recommend to anyone with an iOS device, especially when the game requires absolutely nothing out of pocket.