BOLLS: Roll with this simple obstacle challenge

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Jessica Buchanan
December 4th, 2014
In this article: BOLLS, games, gaming, review
BOLLS: Roll with this simple obstacle challenge

Players navigate a ball through obstacles in BOLLS

Players navigate a ball through an ever-changing course of obstacles based on their environment such as wood or glass in BOLLS. The longer players can keep the ball from hitting an obstacle, the harder the game gets which in turn means a higher score. BOLLS is compatible with iOS devices running iOS 4.3 or later.

BOLLS is a simple game where players have to focus on where the ball is at all times. While the ball moves, players can swipe left or right to change its direction quickly. This type of game is not anything new, but this iteration does have some nice features. This includes power ups and the slightly addictive nature of the gameplay. BOLLS also features different backgrounds for players to choose from, which also affects the look of the ball itself.

Players get power ups which boost them through obstacles in BOLLS

One annoying part of BOLLS is the amount of ads that almost plague the game. There is a banner ad the pops up at the bottom of the screen when players start a new run. There is also a full screen ad that appears often after completing a run. Occasionally, this ad will be a timed ad where players have to wait a certain amount of time before they can continue playing.

Players can earn coins for how long they stay alive in the game and these coins can be used to purchase environments and power ups. The price range for these items varies significantly. Power ups cost 500 coins each, however, environments can cost anywhere from 10,000 to 60,000 coins to unlock, which is a bit high for most players.

Players can purchase backgrounds and power ups using coins in BOLLS

Power ups add a little extra fun to the base gameplay. Usually players can wait for a random power up drop in the main game. This means they can save their coins for environments. There are four power ups in BOLLS: unstoppable, shrink, slow down, and magnet. Unstoppable shields the ball from damage for a short period of time. The shrink power up makes the ball small and easier to maneuver around obstacles for a limited time. The slow down power up is useful for players having trouble maneuvering between obstacles. Finally, the magnet power up draws in coins from farther away which helps player unlock environments quicker.

Another fun feature of BOLLS is that the longer players remain in a run, the faster the game gets. This means player have to make quick choices on whether or not to risks trying to get coins or just continue on to a higher score. This adds a bit of challenge for players who have mastered the basics of the gameplay to keep trying to get the highest score.

Players avoid obstacles while picking up coins in BOLLS

BOLLS is free on the App Store. While the gameplay can get repetitive, overall, BOLLS is a challenging yet fun game worth the download.

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