Should You Play It? Ball King
The inaugural edition of Should You Play It? checks out Ball King.
Sometimes games make the rounds across the entire mobile and handheld blogosphere. Maybe you hear about a specific title from coworkers. Maybe it's sitting on the App Store just begging for you to pick it up. Whatever the case, these games usually end up as some of the most memorable titles in your collection. This weekly feature will attempt to answer the most important question of all: Should you play it?
Ball King, from developer Qwiboo, is one such game. You've probably heard about it on social media or saw one of your friends playing it -- one of those things, right? It sounds lame, but what kind of game actually is it? Well, it's what you'd expect -- it's a basketball game, but only slightly. In the same vein as Timberman and Flappy Bird and games of that ilk, it's a simple tap-to-win game where you only need worry about getting the basketball (or whichever item you're playing with) in the hoop. Challenge mode finds you attempting to make as many baskets as possible, and Time Trial asks you to make as many as you can in sixty seconds.
You need to line your directional compass up with the hoop, which changes all over the place during the course of play. Then you tap to shoot, and hope you make it. Of course, you've got to worry about all sorts of factors, like weather, where the basket actually is, overshooting, or not shooting hard enough. It's difficult, more so than you'd expect by simply looking at it, and it's definitely a game you're going to spend a massive amount of time on just because you have to see everything.
And by everything, I mean the amount of different types of balls you can play with. No, dirty minded readers, I'm talking about anything from rubber duckies to cupcakes. You can spend a dollar apiece to choose new ones, or you can keep playing and use in-game currency (diamonds) to get mystery prize boxes, where you're not guaranteed to get new items every time you open one, but you won't have to come out of pocket for any more money. You can also unlock additional stages to keep the party going.
Ball King is an interesting "slam dunk" of a free app, but you can spend a little cash on it if you think you need to have a few extras here and there. But the bottom line is it's a little timewaster with a lot of heart, and before you know it after starting to play you're going to get hooked. Fast.
The bottom line? You should play it. Probably right now. Go ahead and download it. I'm waiting.