Falling Balls: Simple Tilt-Game May be too Simple for Some


falling balls iphoneFalling Balls - When it comes to simple flash animation games, there are a couple of schools of thought, not all of them favorable. Some games are extremely addictive by nature and others are just ridiculous.

Falling Balls by BIT-101 is indeed a simple flash animation game along the same lines as Poke the Bunny and Line Rider, but with its own simple concept and a pretty apropos title. To play, you tilt your iPhone side to side to move a little stick man so that he avoids the falling balls. Sound simple? Well it is.

While no one expects anything visually stunning from a basic flash game, it’s hard to say where the appeal for some comes from. Perhaps the fascination is based on the simplest of simple design and regardless, how wonderful is it that the iPhone has become a platform for independent designers? In the case of Falling Balls, you are promised nothing more than what it is and because it’s free, you’ve nothing to lose.

That’s not to say you have anything to gain either and it would have taken bigger falling balls to charge for this app. Falling Balls itself is not exactly entertaining to play and the sound effects of the bouncing balls are pretty near irritating. When the little stick dude can’t outrun the balls, he splatters into a blob of gore with a scream that’s nearly as irritating as the bouncing balls. Sadly however, that’s sort of the most entertaining part. Maybe if the game could be played while simultaneously listening to music, it would have more appeal.

Falling Balls is at least proof that anyone can design an app for the iPhone and kudos to the designer of it, and others, who stake their claim to fame in the App Store. If you’re super bored and looking for something mindless to do, a quick download of Falling Balls will kill some time — and a stick figure or two. However, unless you’re ten years old, in which case you’ll crack up laughing at every splat, you probably won’t play it more than four or five times. But again, it's free.

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  • Notsofast

    Whatever, this game rules. You probably didn't play it more than 4-5 times, and so never got far enough for the balls to speed up to where it's challenging. Up around 100 balls when there are 20 or so on the screen at once and you're running him back and forth at full speed, if you aren't having a good time you're probably dead.

  • Mike

    I found this game to be pretty interesting after you reach 100 balls as well. My current high score is 145, and until you take the time to try to reach that point, you don't quite understand how it could be appealing. Now, it's not something you necessarily just get thrilled about by urself, but when you and a few friends are competing on the same system for the high score, it becomes more fun. My girlfriend and I played periodically every other day for a while until I reached 145, which she is unable to match and i haven't spent enough time to beat it. it's something you gotta have time for, if you care to spend the time. better with competition instead of yourself.

  • Jesse

    I agree it is a lot better with a competition going on. Wondering if anybody has a higher score than me though. I play on advanced mode and my record is 1386, so i doubt it lol

  • Patrick

    My highscore is 1751!!! Good game though, I think after the most recent update with the game modes it is even better. It is now smoother and I think easier to play. The worst thing is I can't submit my awesome score... It doesn't work.