Forget about Blitzball. We'd rather watch dudes run for their lives.
Blast Ball proves that soccer would be infinitely more enjoyable if there were monsters chasing the players. Equal parts sports, action and platform game, UNCADE's newest creation benefits from a visually stimulating futuristic/retro vibe, along with the addictive gameplay to match.
That said, the beauty is in its simplicity. You take control of a stick figure and must score as many goals as possible using a soccer ball, basketball, football and even a rubber duck. Meanwhile, a bunch of monsters drop from chutes in the ceiling, and you need to avoid those guys at all costs, since getting hit ends the game.
What makes this especially challenging is the fact that each ball behaves differently. The basketball, for instance, bounces all over the place, making it difficult to push into a goal (there are two nets at opposite ends of the field). Meanwhile, the screen scrolls depending on the direction you travel, so there's always the possibility of monsters suddenly appearing.
It's quite an intense experience and we love every second. The game's frantic pace gets those adrenaline levels rising, and there's a satisfying rush whenever we manage to jump over some creatures, double back and score a tough goal. On top of that, the balls double as weapons, so feel free to kick the giant soccer ball right into the monsters' ugly faces. Factor in three unique boards to master (Cloud, Cosmo and Hypno) and various objectives, and you have a decent amount of content to justify spending a buck.
Need another reason to purchase this title? Check out the vector graphics. The artwork gives Blast Ball a 1980s arcade-style appearance, bringing to mind Atari's Star Wars and that short film in Nightmares with Emilio Estevez, The Bishop of Battle. Great stuff.
Of course, the eye candy takes a back seat to seeing how many goals you can score in a given round, and expect to spend more than a few hours trying to beat your high score. Blast Ball is one of the coolest $0.99 titles on the App Store, and we hope it serves as a blueprint for new sports in the years ahead. Now all we need are some monsters.
What's Hot: Outstanding vector graphics, furious gameplay, sweet retro music.
What's Not: Only three stages.