This is probably what you start seeing after a drug crazed binge watching classic seventies television shows. There are quite a few psychedelic games in the App Store, but so far nothing beats the zany presentation in Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint. That is a remarkable feat, and the only game close to the blissful colours and effects is Peggle. The gameplay isn’t as out there, as the presentation. Still it brings a few new mechanics that most of us aren’t used to. For example it is better to make many shots instead of few. That goes against everything I know about billiards, but then this isn’t billiards. This is a completely unique game that was discovered in an attic, and then translated to the touch screen.
Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint shares some aspects with billiards. You have balls, and you take shots with a cue. From that point on it is worlds apart. Magnetic Billiards comes with magnetic balls that cling together when they touch. Clearing the table quickly equals less points, and the idea is to slowly make your way around doing trick shots that only connects with one similarly colour ball. If you strike the wrong colour ball you lose a life, but if you get close without connecting there is an increased bonus multiplier. There are loads of reasons for the game to translate a shot into a super or mega shot, and that is certainly part of the fun. You can kind of guess how a good shot is made, but not how well. Often the best part about the game is to get the feedback about a cool megashot. To me this is both a blessing, and a curse. The good thing is the positive surprises when I nail shots, and the bad is that I find it hard to really know how to actually make good shots. It makes skill harder to develop in my opinion.
Magnetic Billiards plays really well, but I am not that happy about the level structure. You play a level, and get graded from S to F. A key fills up depending on your skill, and you can use a full key to unlock a new level. There are only 20 levels to play in the now free (used to be $0.99) game, and for a free game that is definitely ok. The 20 classic mode levels can be expanded with 20 new harder ones at $1.99. There are also three different arcade modes to buy as IAP. I have not tried any of these, and only base my review on the classic mode. Finally you can buy an unlock everything key that grants access to every addon, as well as future modes.
The presentation is minimal, but highly functional. Everything is done in a blueprint style, and it works really well. Having the developers staring in the game, as well as all the wacky effects really enhances the zany aspect of it all. Overall it is a feel-good experience to play Magnetic Billiards. The sound is also a part of this package.
Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint is a fun psychedelic diversion that works well as a casual game for shorter moments. Trying to play longer sessions is taxing because of the randomness of awesome to poor shots, and the weak level progression. Still it is a free game, and well worth spending your bandwidth on.
Magnetic Billiards Free Universal for iPad/iPod/iPhone
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