Filled with neon colors, ball physics, wonderful electro music, Mr. Bounce adds new ingredients to the classic formula. Trajectory projection and slow motion for additional sense of control plus blockers, pipes and wind makes the classic Arkanoid experience come back to life.
I have only played a few levels and very impressed. Whether we are seeing a new trend of bouncing ball games evolving, but the recently mentioned Squareball and now Mr Bounce are easily entering the list of CAN’s top 10 games this year. Simply wonderful!
Here are also a few tips: Use two hands to control the game, use headphones for optimal sound experience, hit more than one circle of the same color in one bounce for bonus points.
Cost: $0.99 (Introductory Price 50% off)
Developer: Spaces of Play
UPDATE 16/11/2009: Andreas of Pixelate was kind enough to send us 5 promocodes for our readers. If you would like to get one leave a comment below and we’ll pick 5 winners by random later today.
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