Funkyball Worlds, an engaging new marble-rolling platformer from Handmark, is available from the app store. A lengthy game with nice controls and a cheery presentation, Funkyball Worlds is certainly worth taking a look and you might just find yourself drawn into the challenging gameplay.
Funkyball Worlds Pros:
- 72 levels worth of ball-rolling fun
- Nice map scrolling option
- Fairly soothing and relaxing soundtrack
- OpenFeint achievement system
Funkyball Worlds Cons:
- None with version 1.10.003
There are 24 levels worth of ball-rolling fun to be had in each of three environmentally-varied worlds (Forest, Desert, and Water), a total of 72 levels broken up by difficulty. Your goal is to get the ball from its starting position to the end goal as quickly as possible, as a timer tracks how long it takes to get there. There are stars to collect along the way which reduce your overall score by a second for each one you collect. Obstacles exist to hinder your trek, such as exploding mines, blowtorches, laser beams, disappearing platforms, and more. Various environmental factors also add a twist, as you’ll compete against desert winds and the buoyancy of water. Upon completion of each level, you receive a gold, silver, or bronze star based on your speed and performance in reaching the goal. Proper utilization of momentum is key to landing the difficult platforms and setting record times. The game includes a nice map scrolling option, where tapping on the icon pauses the game and allows you to pan around to get a sense of where you need to go next. Re-tapping the icon brings you back to the ball and unpauses the scene.
Graphically, the game employs a palette of bright, pastel colors and thick outlines, giving it a light, airy feel. The levels are littered with stars and objects have a thick, children’s-game-style appearance, which works for the game but might be a turn off for adult gamers. The soundtrack has a very dreamlike feel to it, which is fairly soothing and relaxing. It seems in keeping with the smooth rolling animation and fits the game well. If you don’t agree, you can turn off the soundtrack and access your own music library from the Settings menu. Controls utilize either touch or tilt to move the ball around. Tapping the screen facilitates jumping from platform to platform, and it works unquestionably well. We liked that both the appearance and controls had a Spy Bot Chronicles-type feel.
Replay value is pretty good, as the harder difficulty levels will require repeated attempts to pass and the OpenFeint achievement system (of which there are 33 to earn) should keep you playing for a while. The game is quite fun, with a pick-up-and-play feel derived from the relatively short levels. Many can be completed in less than a minute and few will take more than a couple of minutes. There is a great deal of content and enjoyment to be found here for the low price of $0.99. We give Funkyball Worlds our 5-Dimple rating.
Funkyball Worlds An Excellent Lengthy Platformer,