January 13th, 2013 | By Mark Isaacson
If you’re looking for something to pass the time, maybe a puzzle game that really makes you think long and hard about what you’re doing, then you might want to look at a new puzzle game called Bouncer.
Released this past week by Aussie dev Brennan Hatton, Bouncer presents a simple goal of bouncing a ball towards an exit. Wait, did I say simple? Scratch that part. Bouncer presents a challenging, brain taxing goal of bouncing a ball towards an exit. There, that’s better.
Across the 70 levels on offer, with more on the way, you’ll have to bounce off walls at just the right speed and trajectory whilst avoiding various pits, obstacles, wind conditions or in some instances other balls to arrive at the destination. More often than not, you’ll be playing your move more than once whilst your existing ball(s) bounce around like mad, ignorant of your attempts.
As the landscape changes so does the difficulty level. The area may narrow into tighter passage ways, or pits of water and sand along the way can reduce your bounce property to zilch. That puts greater emphasis on an accurate aim, you can’t just throw your ball out there and hope for the best. Luckily there’s no life meter here, in the same way as Super Meat Boy, so you can attempt the move as many times as you like. Well, as long as your head doesn’t spin out before then.
Bouncer is available for free for a limited time on the App Store for iPhone/iPod and iPad. Check it out and let us know what you think.