A great innovation to the genre
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 11 Jul 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Takes an old formula and spices it up, features on-screen controls instead of tilt controls, has a beautifully simple but colorful aesthetic
Level design gets redundant at times, some kind of unlock system like characters would be a great inclusion
Platforming games are among the oldest games ever created, and many of the most popular are lauded as being some of the best games ever created. The genre is so timeless that even today there are quite a large number of new additions to the genre that are critically acclaimed. Bounce for Android is a platformer that takes some ideas from some of the first mobile platformers and shakes things up a bit.
This is one of those endless runner type games that challenges you to rack up as high a score as possible. You take control of a ball that is perpetually bouncing, and you want to guide that ball as it bounces its way vertically towards the sky. There are various platform types that do different things like they may begin to move or crumble when you land on them. There are also other hazards that will instantly kill you and level obstacles you’ll have to jump through.
There are a few games that I can think of right off the top of my head that have the same core mechanics, but this is the first game that has really taken that formula and done something different with it, which I have to give it credit for.
I’m also a huge fan of the fact that it opts for touch controls rather than the traditional tilt controls, which have always been pretty uncomfortable to use.
I came into Bounce with pretty clear expectations and it met them almost exactly, which is great. The jumping mechanics are solid, I really enjoy the colorful but clean aesthetic, and it actually moves the genre a bit forwards in terms of difficulty in variety. If you’re tired of watching cows jump on floating patches of sod then you should definitely give this game a go.