A fun game for basketball fans. Just remember, NO DUNKING.
"Through the window, off the wall, nothing but net." Those were NBA superstar Michael Jordan's words in the iconic McDonalds commercial also featuring Celtics legend Larry Bird, thus giving way to millions of fans coming up with their own dream shots, or just shoving more Big Macs into their faces. We forget which.
While not as dramatic, this basic concept (sans hamburger) serves as the framework to Clickgamer/Chillingo's Backyard Bounce, yet another physics based puzzler.
Each of the game's stages task you with putting the ball in the basket, and it's much tougher than spreading your fingers apart and executing a perfect stroke. You must make use of different objects to set in motion a chain of events that guide the rock through the hoop.
These include, but are certainly not limited to, pieces of wood, bowling balls, wheels, dominos, springs and plenty of other items, some of which come attached to set pieces within the environment.
Take the hammer, for instance. To succeed, you'll need to do things in such a way that said hammer strikes the basketball at just the right moment.
To that end, timing is everything, especially if you intend to pick up all of the whistles scattered around a board; it's the only way to complete puzzles 100 percent. Expect plenty of good old fashioned trial and error, along with frustration.
What's especially cool about Backyard Bounce, though, are the multiple solutions per puzzle. In fact, you don't even have to use all of the items, opening the door for the sort of creativity unseen in these types of games; there's normally one solution.
That definitely put this app in a class by itself. We'll stop short of calling Backyard Bounce revolutionary, but given the number of physics games out there (96 percent of which come from Clickgamer), it's definitely one of most challenging.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
What's Hot: 72 levels, multiple solutions per puzzle, realistic physics, universal, easy to retry stages, $0.99.
What's Not: Gets the slightest bit repetitive.