Hailing from New Jersey, I have fond memories of going down the shore, stopping by the shops on the boardwalk, and playing all those lovely games. One of my favorite was actually skee ball. So it was much to my surprise when I first laid eyes on 10 Balls 7 Cups, and much more to my surprise when I discovered just how good of a game it was.
“Skee ball (also spelled skeeball, ski-ball or skee-ball; sometimes called skee roll) is a common game found in arcades and one of the first redemption games. It is similar to bowling except it is played on an inclined lane and the player aims to get the ball to fall into a hole rather than knock down pins.”
From wikipedia’s Redemption Game entry:
Redemption games are typically arcade games of skill that reward the player proportionally to their score in the game. The reward most often comes in the form of tickets, with more tickets being awarded for higher scores. These tickets can then be redeemed (hence the name) at a central location for prizes.
Both these entries describe exactly what you get with this App. It faithfully recreates the game and experience for the iDevice platform.
Gameplay is simple. Stating from the beginning of the lane on the bottom of the screen, you flick your finger upwards. Your speed and direction translate well into the balls movement. There is also the slight twist of being able to tilt your iDevice to the left or right. This will add spin to your ball and move it accordingly.
Each round gives you 10 balls to bowl into 7 cups. The cups are arranged according to points with the more difficult, so therefore more valuable, ones residing in the upper right and left corners. Getting those involves just the right amount of speed with an extremely high level of accuracy. There are also times where a cup will glow. Getting your ball into the cup will give you a bonus multiplier to improve your game’s score.
The more points you win, the more tickets you collect. All this is translated into an anonymous global leaderboard. Yet, there is also the inclusion of prizes. On the main page, you can redeem your tickets. The selection of prizes switches often and once in a while a rare item will appear. The more you play, the more you can collect.
There is a selection for “Your Loot”. It will list the various items. You can also brag to a friend. Pressing this button will sent you to the iDevice Mail program. It will allow you to mail your friend an automatically typed paragraph that acts as a a self-promoter for 10 Balls 7 Cups, your highscore, and your list of loot.
This is one drawback to the game. I’ve grown used to in game advertisement that affects me and me alone. This promo email message is a bit more heavy handed, albeit inventive. It feels like shameless self-promotion. I do admit though that deleting the paragraph is a simple solution in overcoming this.
All in all, 10 Balls 7 Cups is a good translation to a classic boardwalk game. Its global leaderboard, loot gather, and mail integration definitely gives the player more incentive to play. If you like a quick distraction and skeeball, then this is definitely your game. If you like bragging about your accomplishments, no mater how trite, then this definitely for you.
|Title:||10 Balls 7 Cups (v1.0)||Developer:||Graveck Interactive LLC|
|Price:||$0.99||App Size:||11.4 MB|