Game Review: BuzzBall for iPhone

There is a ball, the wind factor, a target and…a lawn chair? Check out BuzzBall!

BuzzBall by Howard Nager and Jeff Cutler

BuzzBall is the latest game in my growing arsenal that is neither addicting or boring. I like to describe BuzzBall as one of those games that work really well if you are kicking back somewhere and want to play a relaxing game on your iPhone.

The game comes with two game modes, each offering their own level of difficulty and required skill. The first game mode is called “Balls and Strikes” which requires you to throw as many strikes as you can before throwing four balls.

When you start this game mode, you are presented with a lawn chair that has a red square target in the center. Your goal is to throw your ball into that target. If you are successful, you get a “strike” (its a good strike) and you gain points. If you miss, you lose one of your four balls. I prefer this game mode over the next one and yes that has a lot to do with the fact that I am in the Top 10 high scores. 🙂

The second game mode is called “Target Practice” which requires you to score as many balls as you can with your 10 given balls.

When you begin, you are presented with a large target area in which the closer to the middle that you land your ball, the higher your score. As you move outward, you get less score. If you completely miss the target, the game has very amusing voices as encouragement from the local neighbors such as “we want a pitcher, not a belly itcher!“. Since you only have 10 balls to get the highest possible score, make them count!

In either game mode, you have to adjust your shot by the wind variance which is indicated by the moving flag during game play. You can adjust your ball in any direction by simply moving it as you want and when you are ready to throw, just tap on the ball once to initiate the throw mode.

The controls are very easy and intuitive, but it will take a lot of practice to get the angle and accuracy correct, especially against the wind. The game also becomes slightly more difficult once you begin getting a higher score as you will begin to see obstacles that you must throw the ball through before hitting the target.

BuzzBall also includes local and global high scores for each game mode, so you can track your own progress as well as challenge yourself against the worldwide players of the game.

Overall, BuzzBall provides simple and amusing game play that challenges you to compete on a global level. The visuals are nice, the controls are easy to pick up and the sounds of “encouragement” offer some amusement. I really enjoyed BuzzBall and highly recommend it to those looking for a low priced, amusing challenge and easy to pick and play type of game.

BuzzBall is scored a 5 out of 5.

BuzzBall is available in the iTunes App Store for $0.99.