Can a game be a piece of art? So asks Geardome, who strives to deliver just that in their recently released physics-based, ball-roller style game Ozone [App Store].

Dive into the galaxy of Ozone and unveil the secrets of this unique audio-visual experience, a mix of art and technology, never before seen or heard on a mobile device.

The game puts you in control of an inflatable ball that can be moved about various maze-like levels by way of touch-directed bursts of air. The goal is to collect all of the yellow orbs strewn about each of the game's more than 50 pseudo-3D levels in order to exit each maze. But there's more in each level than just yellow orbs. You must negotiate a wide variety of obstacles and enemies in order to make your way through each level. There are, among other things, moving traps, doors to unlock, weapons to collect and use, spikes to avoid, and end-bosses to contend with. A steel ball power-up renders your ball impervious to damage and able to plow through certain walls for a short period. Some pathways require you to deflate your ball in order to fit through, and then it's fingers-crossed that an air pump is just around the corner, because when you're out of air, you're out of luck. And those bursts of air that move you hither and yon -- they're not freebies; each burst lowers your air level just a bit.

It's a lot to juggle.

But luckily, time is something you have plenty of in this game. Ozone is not a race against the clock, but is a slow-paced, intricate affair that requires a high level of precision to master. In that way, it's really not akin to Dark Nebula, a comparison some in our forums have made, in seeing posted screenshots. It reminds me more of Bubble Ghost, actually. It's a game for the patient, and an experience that is both frustrating (in a good way) and relaxing at the same time. A very well-matched, ambient soundtrack sets the mood and helps deliver what feels like a rather "zen" experience.

The developers have also created a custom level editor that can be used to create your own levels, available for Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows. The game's upcoming first update will enable the ability to play custom levels, and downloadable content is also on the way. Ozone HD, a version that takes advantage of the iPad's features, will soon be released, the developer indicates.

The reaction to the game in our forums has been extremely positive. Your Personal Robot shared his thoughts.

...I am playing this gem and WOW am I impressed.
This really is a little indie masterpiece. The graphics, the sound...simply amazing...

This game just feels very deep, very thought out, every detail just seems right in place. Hard to describe it. It's a complete console game with a fantastic look and feel. And it's definitely NOT too expensive. This is a title with so much quality, many - or most - of the App Store games are far from reaching.

Ozone is a very well done and highly enjoyable game that should have great appeal to those who enjoy problem solving and being rewarded for precision. It's certainly one of the more engrossing titles I've spent time with in recent months.

App Store Link: Ozone, $4.99

TouchArcade Rating

  • Jon

    Sounds interesting, but I'll need to play a demo version first. Why isn't there one?

  • Jon

    Sounds interesting, but I'll need to play a demo version first. Why isn't there one?

  • Vinvu

    Its a really fun, polished gane. But the marketing is really grating as hell, i hate it when video games try to take themselves so seriously, but when a sci-fi themed maze ball roller does, it feels way too over the top.

    • Dran

      How can you say that, it is clearly ART, there's a ball, and it makes music when it hits the tiles. ART!

      Jokes aside, I think Ill wait for a lite version before forking out cash for this one. EspgaludaIIs till has me too enthralled to pay attention to other apps atm.

  • Vinvu

    Its a really fun, polished gane. But the marketing is really grating as hell, i hate it when video games try to take themselves so seriously, but when a sci-fi themed maze ball roller does, it feels way too over the top.

    • Dran

      How can you say that, it is clearly ART, there's a ball, and it makes music when it hits the tiles. ART!

      Jokes aside, I think Ill wait for a lite version before forking out cash for this one. EspgaludaIIs till has me too enthralled to pay attention to other apps atm.

  • http://www.thegamelessplayed.com Dominic White

    I forget its name, but this looks a LOT like a very old DOS PC game. Similar deal - you played as a ball which could expel air to move, at the cost of deflating.

    Anyone remember that?

  • http://www.thegamelessplayed.com Dominic White

    I forget its name, but this looks a LOT like a very old DOS PC game. Similar deal - you played as a ball which could expel air to move, at the cost of deflating.

    Anyone remember that?

  • Jatf

    Sweet!! this was orginally a psp homebrew game that was really relaxing to play, glad i can play it on my iphone now too!

    now i whish the psp homebrew game Hexaxis gets ported and the no gravity game while im at it too.

  • Jatf

    Sweet!! this was orginally a psp homebrew game that was really relaxing to play, glad i can play it on my iphone now too!

    now i whish the psp homebrew game Hexaxis gets ported and the no gravity game while im at it too.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    Best ball rolling game out there.
    As polished as Dark Nebula but with a lot more deepness and content.

    • MrMuesli

      Gratuliere! I liked Dark Nebula a lot, so will definitely check this out: )

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    Best ball rolling game out there.
    As polished as Dark Nebula but with a lot more deepness and content.

    • MrMuesli

      Gratuliere! I liked Dark Nebula a lot, so will definitely check this out: )

  • Silent Pork

    Best ball rolling game is Mad O Ball 3D,
    even if it seems is not paying enough to be published as a review on this site.

    It doesn't have an editor for user made custom levels, but it feels more a piece of unique art to me than this title.

    All seem polished here, and I'd love to see the editor running on my linux distro.

    Well done! How much did the developers pay to be here ?

    • Soulis6

      What a douchey attitude. I'm pretty sure no one paid them to put it on here.

      dick.

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      They paid our standard rate of two mules, four chickens, and a large bag of corn meal.

      • Breakdown Studios

        Nice looking, where's the demo??

    • Fred

      Good said my friend. How much did they pay?
      But ok this game look enough good to be here, but man...the games you can see on the front page... it is hard to believe no one didn't pay for it to be on the front page.. it definitely doesn't deserve to be anywhere...but still its on the front page for the love of god.

  • Silent Pork

    Best ball rolling game is Mad O Ball 3D,
    even if it seems is not paying enough to be published as a review on this site.

    It doesn't have an editor for user made custom levels, but it feels more a piece of unique art to me than this title.

    All seem polished here, and I'd love to see the editor running on my linux distro.

    Well done! How much did the developers pay to be here ?

    • Soulis6

      What a douchey attitude. I'm pretty sure no one paid them to put it on here.

      dick.

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      They paid our standard rate of two mules, four chickens, and a large bag of corn meal.

      • Breakdown Studios

        Nice looking, where's the demo??

  • Jimmy

    i saw this and instantly got the special stage them stuck in my head from sonic 1

  • Jimmy

    i saw this and instantly got the special stage them stuck in my head from sonic 1

  • Cookies

    As much as that looks pretty cool, the pun at the top could do with some re-thinking because ozone is a horrbily poisonous gas.

  • Cookies

    As much as that looks pretty cool, the pun at the top could do with some re-thinking because ozone is a horrbily poisonous gas.

  • festival

    $4.99 .....to mutch

  • festival

    $4.99 .....to mutch

  • The Theory

    best game I've purchased in a long time.

    good stuff.

  • The Theory

    best game I've purchased in a long time.

    good stuff.

  • Steve

    I'm loving this game. It's a really nice experience, not just a go-go-go style. Looks good, sounds good, has a great feel...

  • Steve

    I'm loving this game. It's a really nice experience, not just a go-go-go style. Looks good, sounds good, has a great feel...

  • Jim

    Game looks good, but I downloaded and it keep crashing on my ipod 8gb.

    Dodgy coding...

  • Jim

    Game looks good, but I downloaded and it keep crashing on my ipod 8gb.

    Dodgy coding...

  • http://www.apple.com Mike

    Same here Game crashed once during the middle of a game just 10 minutes after I downloaded it from app store. Most likely a coincidence. I hope.

  • http://www.apple.com Mike

    Same here Game crashed once during the middle of a game just 10 minutes after I downloaded it from app store. Most likely a coincidence. I hope.

  • http://www.apple.com Feth

    Created by people that previously worked in Motorstorm 2 and Heavy Rain , O_O, Wow !!!,MUST !!.

  • http://www.apple.com Feth

    Created by people that previously worked in Motorstorm 2 and Heavy Rain , O_O, Wow !!!,MUST !!.

  • TKO

    Looks good .. sounds good (nice to have a bit of artiness and relaxation in the games collection.) Bought.

  • TKO

    Looks good .. sounds good (nice to have a bit of artiness and relaxation in the games collection.) Bought.