Developer: MiRE Software Handelsbolag
Price: free Download on the App Store
iBalls:Steel — So, by now you've had some time to play around with TightWire. And you may be thinking, "Hey, I've got this accelerometer thing down!" I'm so good, I should get PAID for this. Well, ok maybe you can.
If you like accelerometer-based games or the chance to earn money, then you should rush to download iBalls: Steel from Mire Software. The app has players brushing up on their tilt control skills in the hopes of winning real cash prizes, up to $10,000.
iBalls:Steel is a a marble-maze game similar to Labyrinth. Here, the goal is to keep your marble moving about for as long as possible — touch the walls and it's game over.
If you're tempted to play it safe in the center of the box, you can try but it won't last long. iBalls: Steel has a second twist. In addition to not touching the walls, you also need to keep the marble cool by catching water drops. The water drop will appear in random locations, roll the marble over it to cool down. You have about 13 seconds between drops, any longer than that and your marble will experience a meltdown, and again, it's game over.
As mentioned previously, you control the marble exclusively with the accelerometer. It takes some getting used to. The controls often don't respond as expected to slow or reverse the marble's trajectory. What I can't tell is whether this is a planned part of the game or a flaw in the system. The help section is non-existent and even the App Store description is pretty light on details. At least there seems to be a pattern to the response. So, while it's definitely a challenge to overcome, dedicated players will eventually master the controls.
iBalls:Steel is a fine game. But it would have been just another app in the App Store were it not for the final twist. Real. Cash. Prizes. September 1-30 iBalls is hosting a competition. Submit your best scores to the global online leaderboard and at the end of the month the top score from each level will win. Prizes start at $100 and go up to $10,000 for the winner of level 10.
There is another twist that's not readily apparent until after you've installed iBalls:Steel. Each level must be purchased separately. Level one is installed when you buy the app. After that, additional levels are available for a price which corresponds to the value of the prize being given away at the end of the competition. Fork over your $1.99 and you might win $200 for level 2, $2.99 will net $300 for the winner of level 3 and so on up to $8.99 for a chance to win $900 on level 9. The big leap comes at level 10.
The player with the highest score on level 10 of iBalls:Steel will win $10,000 sent directly to their Paypal account. But you'll pay $49.99 for the chance to try. Only you can decide if you've got the cojones to pony up $50 for a game. But, if you do the payoff could be big. Either way, it's worth taking level one out for a spin. It's only $0.99 and you might walk away a hundred dollars richer.
Watch a video demo for iBalls:Steel