Balls of Fury
Could use a little more depth, but it's still a nice diversionary mobile ping-pong release...
I have to admit, I knew I would like this game just because the title made me giggle a bit. The only way the title would have been better is if it were "Great Balls of Fire!" Silliness aside, Balls of Fury is a fun little diversion in the form of a ping pong game.
The game is set up where your perspective is that of someone standing behind your character. You can move your character left and right in addition to pressing a button to hit the ball. At first, I was worried that my character would block the ball from my view whenever it was in front of him, but that isn't a problem and I was still able to hit balls even if I couldn't see them.
Moving around too much depletes your stamina, which makes hitting backhands harder. Constantly hitting backhands also depletes your stamina. Luckily, there are items that pop up on the table that you can hit with a ball to replenish stamina, as well as other power-ups, like an item that makes two balls appear on the table at the same time. If you time your hit right, you can also pull off special moves such as making the ball zigzag randomly toward your opponent.
Playing mobile games sometimes makes my eyes hurt because of the screen, but I'm pleased to say the visuals of this game are charming and easy on the eyes. The hand-painted look of the static background makes the 2D moving sprites of your character, the opponent, and the ping pong ball stand out very well. This makes the game easy to play because you can actually see what's going on when you're in a moving vehicle, which is one place I find myself playing games on my phone. For being on a small screen, the text is also very easy to read, which my eyes are thankful for.
The humor in Balls of Fury might not be for everyone, but it got a laugh out of me when the instructor said "You hit like a drunken mule!" The faux-oriental setting and characters are also a nice touch, but might be offensive to some sensitive people. I don't mind though, especially these days now that everyone is so concerned about being P.C.
Balls of Fury is a nice diversion, but it isn't a game that you would want to play for more than fifteen minutes, because the matches start to all feel the same. It's still a decent addition to your mobile library for small bursts of time-killing fun.
What's Hot: Simple yet fitting graphics. Game has an almost offensive sense of humor.
What's Not: Not much to keep you playing for more than ten minutes at a time.