iPad Game Review: Turboball HD
Reviewed by Shaun Price
Turboball has a fast astonishing gameplay based on the classic idea of balls & walls: two players shoot the balls trying to destroy enemy's platforms and protect their own and collect the bonuses along the way.
There was a galactic war between earth and the invaders. The best pilots went to fight but were no match for the invaders. The hero whom you play as was heavily damaged in the fight and crashed landed in a rural town. The hero leaves the wreckage in search of the nearest space station base to rejoin the fight.
Turboball HD is a single player game on two settings, easy or normal. Even for a veteran gamer, the easy level is actually hard and normal level qualifies as insane. There are several power-ups within each level that give you a slight advantage if you hit them with your ball. One splits your ball into three and another makes you taller. There are over 10 characters and six different game locations. Once on the map there is an option for you to increase several aspects of your character. Jump height, Hero speed, Laser sight, and Balls count. It uses your overall score to pay for the upgrades.
Turboball HD integrates the social platform OpenFeint. You get a global and local leader board. There are also seven achievements to obtain in this game. The game awards you ?Ball ?o- Thrower? when you throw more than 150 balls in one game, ?Ball Catcher? when you catch five balls in a row. ?Sprinter? is achieved if you can complete a level in 30 seconds or less.
The game is extremely short! With only a handful of levels it can be completed in less than 30 minutes.
The background environments, characters, power ups, even the balls are very detailed. The characters movement is restricted to only back and forth. You can also jump but only a few inches. The artwork was done with time and care. Absolutely stunning! The controls are somewhat sluggish. The joystick control on the left hand of the screen slips a lot.
The Background music is engaging and different for each level. Though the Sound FX does help create the right atmosphere which makes the game more enjoyable considering it?s a very short play. Unfortunately there is no iPod support in Turboball HD.
The casual gamers will love this game. It has a unique story which is very cool. However, if you want a game that last a little longer than an hour this is not a game for you. The AI difficulty setting is off which hurts the replay value especially given the $5 price tag. The game has a lot of promise, it needs more levels and serious adjustment in difficulty setting.
Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):
Graphics: - 5 - Great character detail, Very detailed background scenes.
Sound: - 4 - Interesting background music, No iPod support.
Controls: - 4 - Slightly sluggish when launching balls, Joystick control slips.
Gameplay: - 3.5 - Unique story, Very short.
Playing Hints and Tips:
-Launch everything you have in the beginning
-Catch every single ball you can
-Don?t touch the screen when loading the app, it will crash it.
Developer: Game Era
Release Date: June 3, 2010
Buy App: Turboball HD
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