Airo Ball ($0.99) by Dualcarbon is a deceptively simple action-arcade game that will surprise you. This is a mix of strategy and reflexes, and the most important thing you’ll need when playing this game is patience.
I love arcade-style games, so I was intrigued with this one when I first heard about it. I’m not that big of a fan of the graphics, as I personally don’t find them that visually appealing, but for a game like this I suppose it works. You’ll find visuals that are like a mix of old fashioned arcade games with a dash of futuristic tools to help you get the balls into their respective goals. The sounds are a bit simple, but that is to be expected in a game like this.
There are two game modes in Airo Ball: Arcade and Time. Each mode will have 50 levels, so there are a total of 100 levels for you to maneuver your way through while meeting the target point goal. Arcade will provide you with a certain number of lives that you will need to hold on to as you try and complete the levels, which get progressively harder as you advance. Time mode has infinite lives, but you will need to act quick to rack up the points before the time runs out. There is also the Airo mode, where obstacles will change randomly as you play — this isn’t for the faint of heart!
The controls in the game are simple. You will have colored balls floating in from the bottom of the screen, and you’ll need to maneuver them carefully through the obstacles in the center. If the ball touches these hazards, it will be destroyed on impact. On the sides there will be panels that will blow the ball left or right, and you can use these by tapping on them. You can also temporarily freeze the ball in place with the Freeze option if necessary. The ball will move faster over time, so you will need to use it occasionally.
I’m finding the game a bit frustrating at the moment, because it’s incredibly challenging. It may look simple from screenshots, but once you start playing, you’ll realize how difficult it can be thanks to moving obstacles, electrifying hazards, spikes, and more. They aren’t kidding when they say that a lot of patience is needed for this game, so if you are looking for a challenging little strategy puzzle for the week, Airo Ball is worth a try.