Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint
A new...err...old...take on pool that keep you playing for hours.
Legend has it that the hairy Pickford brothers discovered a mysterious bundle of papers hidden in the family attic while arguing about Manchester City.
But the subject soon turned from the worth of Tevez and Ballotelli when it emerged that the papers contained a blue(moon)print for a strategic puzzle game involving the removal of magnetic balls.
With no pockets on the 'table' to aim for, the primary objective is to remove all the balls off the table by uniting all the balls of the same colour.
Taking a shot is performed via an intuitive pool-style drag-and-slide system, but it's not enough to simply hit your target. In Magnetic Billiards, the scoring system demands that you ricochet the ball around the table as many times as possible before the ball hits its target. The more bounces you can manage, the greater the risk, and the more you score as a result.
As a puzzle formula, it's incredibly simple but alarmingly addictive once you get going. 20 so-called 'casual' tables set the tone, but beyond that you can get your teeth into various other modes for a few pennies, including the time-pressured Countdown mode, as well as more taxing 'Serious' tables. For a modest sum, you can unlock all current and future content, which is pretty generous for a game with ludicrous amounts of replay value.
And on top of all that, you get to have your dreams tormented for all eternity by the sight of the Pickford's scary Zzap 64-esque cartoon avatars.
Used under license from Eurogamer.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
What's Hot: Super addictive, free to download, costs a little amount of cash to unlock everything.
What's Not: The Pickford brothers...so hairy.