Feb 17, 2011
If you’re thinking of giving 3D Bio Ball HD a try, be prepared for a challenge. You’ll be rolling, bouncing and teetering dangerously on the edge of 109 levels filled with puzzles, traps, enemies and other hazards to keep you from your goal.
Arb Studios packed a huge amount of content into 3D Bio Ball HD, making sure you’re getting plenty for your money. But there are also a number of problems here, which I’ll address in a moment, so don’t plunk down your hard-earned, just yet.
In 3D Bio Ball HD, you play as a living ball that must make its way through a number of obstacle courses set on platforms that hover in the air. The platforms tilt depending on how you tilt your Android device, requiring a very steady hand and nerves of steel.
You’re given 5 chances to make it through all the levels in each world. Use them all up and you go back to the beginning of the world, losing all the bolts and coins you collected along the way. Coins are helpful because you can use them to buy upgrades while bolts give you extra power against the boss at the end of each world. You’re also running against the clock, so you’ll want to get through each level as quickly as possible. You won’t lose if you don’t beat the par time, but you won’t get as many points, either. So, you’ll want to be very cautious, but not so cautious that you run out of time and lose your bonus.
The graphics and music are probably the best things going for 3D Bio Ball HD. Simple, yet stylized and good looking with fantastic texture work. Quite impressive. The music and sounds are also well done, although you have the option of turning them off if you’d like.
Unfortunately, this is where I run out of nice things to say because, as I mentioned earlier, this game has a few problems.
The number one, most aggravating aspect of the game is that it doesn’t save your progress between levels. If you run out of chances, quit out to buy upgrades or exit the game to take care of something else on your device, you have to start the world all over again. All your progress, your bolts and coins that you collected? All gone. Who really wants to go through that?
On one hand, this could be seen as just another challenging aspect of an already exceedingly difficult game, which I can respect. On the other hand, this makes it impossible to pick up the game for a quick session while killing time. I can put up with the less than accurate controls, the quirky physics and the nearly non-existant story, but playing through each level again and again is a recipe for endless rage.
3D Bio Ball HD is for someone looking for a challenging, skill-based game with great visuals. Other than that, you’ll probably want to save yourself the frustration.