Red Ball 4 – Classic Platforming For Free Flowing Fun

4.0 Overall Score
Gameplay: 4.5/5
Design: 4/5
Duration: 4/5

Classic platforming fun | Precise touch controls | Great level flow

A bit on the short side | Some bland sequences


When you think of platformers, you don’t normally think of Red Ball, but surprisingly enough the character has starred in four different platformers. You don’t need to be familiar with, or even aware of the first three to be interested in number four, as the series has seemed to progress with the times. Red Ball 4 offers a classic 2D side scrolling platformer designed with a great flow throughout. There are 45 levels included of rolling, and jumping action with super precise touch controls for the ball to move exactly as you want.
Every single level is designed extremely well for every challenge to roll right into the other to keep you constantly rolling, and engaged. There are the classic elements of jumping across gaps, bouncing on top of enemies, and dodging obstacles. The game also includes some physics puzzle elements of positioning blocks to leap on, rolling carts into position, jumping across moving swings, and more. There’s a surprising amount of variety to keep every level fresh, while delivering just excellent platformer style. It’s simply fast paced fun with a brilliant difficulty curve to keep the entertainment going from level to level.

One of the best parts of Red Ball 4 is how smooth the game engine is, so that each level just flows in. There’s no level complete pause, or loading screen, and instead there’s just a simple transition throwing you right into the next level. The exact speed, and position of the ball is continued as the screen transitions, so that it’s one constant experience. The levels also include checkpoints, and deaths work the same way, so that you’re back to the challenge in an instant. The design keeps you just going from level to level, and the only real drawback is that the game feels a bit on the short side because of the flow. Still though, it’s great to see in action with a great deal of polish, and more enjoyable to play.

Red Ball 4 ($0.99, Universal) is an outstanding iOS platformer that is a must have for the free flowing fun that is provides.


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2 Comments on "Red Ball 4 – Classic Platforming For Free Flowing Fun"

  1. BT96 July 19, 2014 at 7:07 PM -

    “but surprisingly enough the character [Red Ball] has starred in four different platformers”

    Those “four different platformers” are actually part of a single video game series, and that is Red Ball, developed for real by Evgeniy Fedoseev. The first two games in the series were presumably ported to iOS by one Michael Friedman and published under the moniker “Mid Atlantic Engineering,” while the third is published by Chillingo.

    • Trevor Sheridan July 19, 2014 at 8:04 PM -

      Good to know. More of a joke intro, but thank you for the clarification.

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