864389_2Pirogue Studio's Dinky Ball [$1.99] is fast-paced ball rolling game that managed to suck me in.

While the game is set in a 3D environment, you simply control the ball's forward and backward motion on a circular platform by tilting your iPhone. Tapping on the screen causes you to jump, and the goal is to get your ball to the red box which completes the level. Each level comes with a time limit and you want to complete each level as quickly as you can. The game starts off easy enough, but special types of surfaces soon appear that impact your ball's behavior. Black blocks slow your ball down, while white speed it up. Later levels have disappearing blocks, jumping blocks, and more.

The game comes with 60 levels total but each level is a rather short timed run. Depending on your past experiences with ball rolling games, this is more a feature rather than a flaw. The game's simple controls and short level designs offered quick challenges that kept me interested in the next level, reducing some of the frustration found in other ball rollers. The downside, of course, is that levels can be run through very quickly. I made it through 24 before things got very challenging.

See the game in action:

Overall, the game is nicely put together, but does seem to have some basic flaws. There are 4 save slots that allow you to play the game through starting at Level 1. There's no way to go back and play a particular level, however. While you get timed per level, there appears to be no way to access these times. It's possible that the entire 60 level run time is summed together, but I'm currently stuck on level 45.

Still, a surprisingly good ball rolling game that keeps you playing.

App Store Link: Dinky Ball, $1.99

TouchArcade Rating

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  • Chris

    Looks pretty fun. That spelling error bugs me, though - probably more than it should :P

  • http://scifly2.com Josh Rosen

    Looks like nicely designed gameplay, but man it must frustrating to fall all the way down right at the end of a level. Especially for people like me who didn't grow up on retro arcade games.

  • kalel39

    The game looks pretty fun and so does the misspell. "You loose" or "you looser"

    Classic!

  • SoyLocoMoco

    Chris, I have a pet peeve with "Loose" and "Looser", too. And yes, I am petty enough to skip this otherwise pretty cool looking game because of it. :-P

    • Chris

      Haha. Yeah - I guess I'll have to wait for the update...

    • Matt

      You need to losen up.

    • Peter

      I would like to know if this will be fixed ......I hope the dev visits TA :)

  • http://www.taykron.com/ matriax

    As i was said in the forums remember me "hamsterball" for PC. But this game is more or relatively "Simple" than dinky ball. I say this why the last level in the videos seems tricky and other levels can be more harder.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    I like the looks of this. Just a fun little game. Though "You Loose" drives me nuts, too! Hope I don't have anything like that in my final game (I did have convection instead of confection at one point, though. lol.)

  • moocow

    I'm sorry but that annoying "thump-thump" noise that you think is music is a huge turn-off, no sale for me.

  • lespaul

    This is an awesome game i got it :D. A lite version could definitely push this to the top ten. A level editor could definitely make up for the lack of levels.

  • ILoveChildishJokes

    "Pirogue Studio's Dinky Ball [$1.99] is fast-paced ball rolling game that managed to suck me in."

    Is this sentence intentionally dirty or is it just my warped mind? :D

    • ImNoSuperMan

      It's probably just your childish mind playing tricks with you only :p