Crafty Act today is pleased to announce Fish Balls Free for iOS, a free version of Fish Balls, their underwater, casual strategy game that puts a fresh twist on the classic brick breaker. The goal is to help the small fish aim and shoot a billiard ball-like bubble from the bottom, so that it will pop brick-like Fish Balls without bouncing back into the sea grass. When the bubble stops, it expands until it touches an outer wall or another bubble and becomes a new Fish Ball for the player to pop. Players score points by shooting bubbles, one at a time, at the immovable, expanded Fish Balls until they pop, which gets harder with each level. Fish Balls features realistic billiard-style physics in an underwater environment. The ball is shot with much force, but decelerates quickly as it moves through the water. The Fish Balls themselves act like pinball bumpers, adding some acceleration to the ball as it bounces off. All shots are made from the player's fish that swims below a foul line at the bottom of the screen. The game ends if any shot results in the bubble/ball crossing back over the foul line and popping on the grass.
- Realistic graphics, animation, and sound effects
- Realistic, underwater game physics
- Ideal pick-up-and-play or serious strategy game
- Universal app (iPod, iPhone, iPad)
- HD Retina graphics support for the new iPad
- Game Center support with Leaderboards and 21 possible Achievements
- Social sharing of scores on Facebook & Twitter
Fish Balls is much more than billiards played underwater.
First, is the ingenious method of making shots. An energetic, young fish swims back and forth from left to right behind the foul line at the bottom of the ocean, as the sea vegetation sways gracefully in the water. When the player taps the screen, the fish turns to aim, and then shoots at the location the player touched. A small white targeting bubble appears, temporarily marking the touch location. The fish pauses, and then blows a small colored bubble towards the touch location. The bubble speeds towards the touch location leaving a trail of colored bubbles in its wake that briefly mark its path of travel. The angle of the shot is determined by the location of the fish at the time the player taps the screen. Carom, single, and combination shots depend upon the timing and accuracy of the player's tap.
Second, while the "cue" ball/bubble remains the same small size while moving, all the Fish Balls created from previous balls/bubbles have expanded to different sizes, becoming brick-like and immovable. When planning a shot, players must take into account the solid Fish Balls left from previous shots. All sizes of multi-colored Fish Balls eventually cover the gameboard, making planning each shot a challenge. Whether struck directly or gently grazed by the "cue" ball/bubble, the Fish Ball pops, leaving only the quickly rising colorful bubbles and a void where the Fish Ball once was. Shots that break multiple Fish Balls earn a bonus as points are multiplied by the number of balls broken in that shot.
Advanced players, those reaching Level 4 and beyond, will develop strategies for successfully breaking Fish Balls on an increasingly crowded board, while avoiding the risk of having a "cue" ball/bubble bounce back across the foul line.
"Fish Balls was designed to be easy to learn but hard to master; a game of friendly one-upmanship shared among friends," commented Spencer Barron of Crafty Act. "We wanted the player to pick up the game for a short round and be able to feel challenged, relaxed and entertained in a way that left them feeling ready to face whatever they were doing next. The perfect quick escape for anyone needing a quick distraction from their day."
Fish Balls Free
Fish Balls 1.2 is $0.99 (USD) for a limited time, which is 50% off the normal price of $1.99, and it is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. A Lite version of the game is available free. Review copies are available on request.
via PR Mac