What does it take to knock off the big bad Angry Birds? Try the 14 year old 1 man show game developer Robert Nay, who has created Bubble Ball, a physics puzzler which has been bursting with popularity in the App Store, reaching over 2 million downloads in just a few weeks. The app was created using the Corona SDK, and has hit the #1 spot in the free iPhone games charts, pushing down those ever so popular angry little birds.
Bubble Ball has 21 levels. You pick any level you want and drag and place a set of either wooden or metallic bars and beams on the screen, so that a bubble when dropped will be guided to the finish flag without falling off the screen. Tapping the pieces rotates them around little by little. Besides beams and triangular shaped objects there are also stoppers, gravity reversing arrows and turbo boosting arrows that you can use in some levels. When all is set you hit the Start button, and if you get stuck you hit Stop to reposition your pieces.
The graphics are nothing to brag about, resembling basic 2D geometric shapes. The physics in the game are actually quite solid, and the gameplay is challenging enough to get you hooked for a while. If you have larger fingers expect some hit or miss when trying to drag the pieces onscreen. You won’t find any frills in Bubble Ball whatsoever. The is no point system in the game, no leader boards, no unlockable items, nothing really besides just the basic level based gaming. Yet it is still quite fun to try, and for free it’s something you can easily afford to check out. Kudos to the young developer on his first iOS app.
Here is a video demo of the Bubble Ball app on the iPhone
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