B.I.T.S Pinball in Review – Play With Blue Bear’s Bouncing Red Balls!

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Pinball is one of those universal games that everybody likes. Just like some of the most addicting games of all time it’s easy to pick up, but can take a life time to perfect. Take that and combine it with an increasingly popular tech or grunge style of graphics and you come up with the great little title from developers Blue Bear Studio.

As I mentioned, the graphics style is very “grunge” slash “tech”. Lots of bars, gears, blinking lights and more. There is a surprising amount of “things” that make up the pinball board but it looks surprisingly uncluttered. The graphics are drawn smooth enough to not look pixelated but not so smooth that it takes away from the grunge look.

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With the size of the screen on your iDevice, you are limited to how much room you can design for your “pinball” to bounce around.  But Blue Bear did a great job of keeping the board open and mashing in good ball effects that change based on whats happening on the board. The end result is a very easy to see/control ball on an well designed and spacious board.

Drag your finger down the right side of your screen to launch the ball. After the ball is launched you can then tap anywhere about halfway down to activate the flippers. The top half is where you tap to either pause(left side) or go back to the menu screen(right side). Tapping the side of the flipper you want to control is smooth and works glitch-free.

The devs also tossed in a tiny flipper halfway up the board to add to the mayhem.  In the same way that 2 heads can be better than 1, 3 flippers is definitely better than 2.

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There is no real “end point” in B.I.T.S. The ultimate goal is simply to get the highest score possible. Using all the various point multipliers and multi-ball modes all you have to worry about is trying to get the best score you can using the 3 balls and any free plays. If you were curious about anything related to the controls or the power ups they have laid it all out for you under the help section accessible from the main screen.

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Ball Cloner and Multi-ball Mayhem are nice innovations. Once enabled, the cloner will allow you to clone your ball as many times as you can shoot the ball into it. The mayhem mode is probably my favourite. If you can complete all 5 of the B.I.T.S levels you go into Multi-ball Mayhem. The result is, that for 20 seconds a new ball will spawn every second. You think you were good at the arcade when you rocked the 3 ball multi-ball? See how you do when you add another 17 to that.

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After you have run out of balls, you have the option to post your score to their global leader board. A pop up appears asking if you would like to, as well as remind you about their privacy policy in case you had any concerns.

In the end B.I.T.S Pinball is an excellent pick up and play title. With a great design and simple controls, it’s the perfect game for both pinball enthusiasts as well as gamers of all levels. This is one of the few titles that I think anybody can enjoy. At a more than reasonable $0.99 there’s no reason for you not to give it a go.

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App Summary
Title:B.I.T.S PinballDeveloper:Blue Bear Studio
Reviewed Ver:Version 1.1Min OS Req:2.2.1
Price:$0.99App Size:9.6MB
  • Great design
  • Easy Controls
  • Global Leader board
  • Physics can be overbearing

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