Usually, when picking our App of the Week, we are attracted to apps and games with eye-catching artwork or an extensively immersive environment. To us, a good-looking app usually means a much more enjoyable and accessible experience that creates devoted fans and often reels in new ones.
Yet, our latest Game of the Week, Bubble Ball, looks nothing like our previous, prettier choices.
So, what does Bubble Ball have going for it? One word: Gameplay!
In Bubble Ball, you’re tasked with a simple mission: Get the ball from point A to point B. Each of the game’s 21 levels gives you a different route to navigate with different game pieces to assist in your deceptively simple-worded quest. Place the geometric pieces however which way you please to create ramps, platforms, and even catapults to send your ball to the finish line. At first, it’s easy; but in the later levels, it can be quite the stumper — but, you will not put your phone down until you figure the very last one out!
Of course, creators Nay Games have left open the option of future updates, which we already imagine will make Bubble Ball be even better. Nay Games say that new levels will be added routinely and different challenging elements (time limits, score by number of attempts, etc.) could also be on the horizon. But even with its bare-bones design, Bubble Ball‘s gameplay alone will be enough to keep us checking back for updates — this game will definitely be on our phones for a while, even though we already beat it in an hour.
Skeptical? Well, Bubble Ball is a free download, so head on over to the App Store or Android Market (cross-platform, hooray!) to see why we — and 300,000 other users in its first week — love it so much!
* Update, 01/15/2011: Here’s a quick video of Bubble Ball in action: