TGWK’s Review – Cannonball Bounce v1.1 (iOS)

Cannonball Bounce is a physics based puzzler from indie developer Michael Wildermuth. The object of the game is simple, shoot a cannonball and try to get it to his the target. It sounds easy but between you and the target lies many obstacles that stand in your way. Since the game is physics based, you’ll be able to bounce your cannonball against walls and try to angle your way to the target. It’s very challenging especially with all the different kinds of objects and obstacles there are in the game.

The first thing you’ll notice about CAnnonball Bounce are the graphics. In fact, for most people, that’s the very first thing you’ll notice about a game. For starters, there isn’t anything to be really excited about in the graphics department. They are flat, 2D vectors that are very simplistic and might even be a bit of a turn off for some. That’s a shame because underneath lies a fun, challenging game with a solid physics engine.

If you look past the graphics, you’ll find that this is a very deep and challenging physics puzzler. The game starts off quite easy but with each subsequent level, the difficulty gets harder and harder. The main goal of each level is to get the cannonball to the target. Each new level introduces a new challenge and as you progress, you’ll also be introduced to new types of obstacles and objects you can use to help you get the cannonball to the target. Luckily with each new element introduced, the game gives you a brief tutorial on how to use those objects so you aren’t left scratching your head on what they do.

Cannonball Bounce is an addictive physics puzzler. If you can get past the simplistic graphics, you’ll find a deep, challenging game that will really get your brain working. It has about 100 levels and each offers something different that will test your skills. What I like is that this game was developed by just one man. Sure the graphics aren’t as great as some of those big production games with huge budgets, but Cannonball Bounce has what really matters – gameplay. I recommend that you check out this game as I think you will enjoy it.

Cannonball Bounce is available now in the App Store for $0.99. It is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.


Game Features:

* Easy to play touch mechanics
* 100 challenging and fun levels
* Levels naturally progress in difficulty
* Multiple ways to solve each puzzle
* Defying Physics in changing worlds
* Many unique obstacles
* Independently developed (a one man team)

How To Play:

* Move/Rotate Your Blocks
* Aim Cannon
* Shoot Cannonball and Watch it Bounce to the Finish!

Cannonball Bounce is a fun and challenging physics puzzler. It’s easy to play but tough to beat. The 100 levels progress in difficulty naturally.

There is only one goal in every level, bounce your Cannonball into the target. You simply play by first moving/rotating the blocks highlighted in red around the screen, then aim your Cannon and shoot the Cannonball! The Cannonball will then follow your shooting path and bounce off the objects in the level, and if you hit the target you win!

Sounds simple eh, but as you play through the game you will encounter many different types of blocks that react differently to the ball, some will break when hit, some push or pull the ball away, some require a switch to move, some kill the ball, and many others!

Also, the environment you are playing in changes from no gravity, to gravity, to space like gravity, to reverse gravity! You’ll never get bored of this!


[via App Store]


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