The physics game poised to bring down Angry Birds
Bubble Ball, a physics puzzle game, caught everyone’s attention last week when it wrenched the top spot on Apple’s free iPhone apps list from perpetual leader Angry Birds. The most amazing part about the coup? Bubble Ball was designed by a 14-year-old. The game’s creator, Robert Nay, is an eighth-grader from Spanish Fork, Utah, who taught himself programming.
It’s a great back story, but how is the game? With its sparse graphics and gameplay, Bubble Ball leaves out story lines and gimmicks and simply lets you pit your wits against the laws of physics.
Fun, addictive and surprisingly challenging, Bubble Ball is also free of programming bugs and physics quirks that can plague games in this genre.
The game’s mechanics are easy: Use the provided materials to get a ball from point A to point B. Wooden pieces are affected by gravity; metal pieces can float. You can move the pieces anywhere you want and tap them to rotate. Combined with a few special pieces that can make the ball float, fall, speed up or slow down, players have to navigate the ball through obstacles to reach a flag at the end of the level. It sounds easy, but some of the levels might get your teeth gnashing as you adjust and readjust your setup.
Players can choose to move through the game sequentially or hop around among levels. Although the puzzles aren’t necessarily harder in higher levels, they are more complex.
Overall, it’s a great debut product for Nay Games, and Nay has said he might introduce further levels for 99 cents later.
The app is free and available on Android, the iPhone and the iPod Touch.