APP NAME: Ink Ball
GENRE(S): Physics puzzle
RELEASE DATE(S): May 19th, 2011
Physics puzzles seem to be all the rage these days, and here’s another one for you to take a look at. The app is Ink Ball, and the game is reminiscent of Enigmo where you add platforms to transport dropping orbs to the container at the end. The app reminds me of an old mesmerizing desk toy where little droplets of ink run down ramps from top to bottom. The most noteworthy aspect of the game is the striking art style of the black ink on the bright green background.
Ink Ball contains 64 levels which give you various platform types, and different obstacles to deal with as you transport the ink. Every platform you use costs ink balls, and you try to complete the level with the most ink balls left over. Each level uses a three star scale dependent upon the number of ink balls it takes to complete, in an attempt to improve replay factor. Ink Ball doesn’t include Game Center, but that’s really the least of its worries.
The main problem with Ink Ball is that it really is unremarkable in anyway. The visuals stand out at first, but they’re so minimalistic, that even they quickly fade. We’ve seen the gameplay time and time again, and there are no real nuances to the style. The game is extremely easy to play, as most levels only take one or two platforms, and it’s pretty obvious where to place them.