Very similar to Arcade Bowling, 10 Balls 7 Cups is an arcade-style skeeball game for your iPhone or iPod touch. Displaying on the screen as a wooden alley with the traditional seven target cups or rings of varying point values, 10 Balls 7 Cups replicates the arcade classic very well and frankly, is a buck cheaper than the aforementioned similar app and has an added bonus — tickets! Yep, with 10 Balls 7 Cups you get tickets to redeem for random, imaginary stuff, which though utterly pointless, is like a small little detail that rounds it out.
The controls for 10 Balls 7 Cups (yes, you do get 10) are fairly intuitive. You can aim, touch and swipe up with your finger or apply touch with your thumb and flick the phone up in a bowling gesture (think Wii bowling). With 10 Balls 7 Cups you can also tilt your device to maneuver your aim after the release of the ball. Your score in 10 Balls 7 Cups is determined by the point value of the cup your ball lands in and bonus points are awarded if you can hit the glowing cup target.
While 10 Balls 7 Cups itself is easy to like and the controls are smooth and responsive, there is an interesting absence of sound. Not action sound effects, because those are present, but in 10 Balls 7 Cups there is no background music or sound effects. I’m not implying this is a drawback, just interesting as it makes for a quieter game than I expected, and no, you can’t play your own music in the background —I tried. Aside from that, and the oddly not-so-fluid graphics where the alley ends and the target area begins, I can find nothing out of the ordinary and have no real complaints with 10 Balls 7 Cups.
10 Balls 7 Cups saves high scores and as you collect tickets, you can opt to redeem them. This is the part I think I like best — don’t ask me why. Even as an adult, when I take my kids to a real arcade, I prefer the games that shoot out tickets. I love how kids run up to the redemption counters with a wad of tickets acting like its a major life decision to choose between sweet tarts and tootsie rolls or plastic vampire teeth and army men. So the fact that you can earn tickets and redeem them for random stuff in 10 Balls 7 Cups is poignant to me. My first virtual redemption in 10 Balls 7 Cups was for a fancy pencil, and some how I got a taco, too. You can email other people a list of your loot as well as your total ticket count to challenge them to do better (and yes to promote more downloads).
Overall, for a buck, I feel like 10 Balls 7 Cups is worth it. A quick game here, a quick game there and a plastic ring and a crayon set to boot. What more could you ask for from a simple little game?