Ketchapp’s latest casual puzzle game for Android and iOS is as simple as the games they tend to release in quick succession. The new game is called Ballz, and as Ketchapp puts it, this is the “champion of time killer(s),” and a great way to relax your brain. There isn’t much to this game – just swipe your finger in order to throw the balls and break the bricks. Your goal is to break as many bricks as you could before they sink to the bottom of your screen, and collect more items so you can get additional balls and “make an endless ball chain.” Brick levels will be increased with each round you complete, and Ketchapp also suggests that it’s “very hard to reach high scores,” despite the game being easy to play – guess this is their take on the time-tested catchphrase for these casual games, “easy to learn, hard to master.”
If you’ve seen the game’s sample images on the App Store or Play Store, or opened the game and given it a few spins, you’ll realize that it’s very similar in concept to Breakout and other classic arcade games of a similar nature. (But not the same!) This is good old-fashioned retro fun from a company that specializes in the casual arcade genre, so read on for some Ballz tips and hints to help you get the highest possible score.
1. The Bricks / Tiles Shouldn’t Hit The Floor
Although we did mention that Ballz is similar to Breakout, Arkanoid, and other games of that kind, it is ultimately different as the goals are different. The former games would require you to break all the bricks. But the opposite holds true in Ballz – in here, your goal is to prevent the bricks from reaching the bottom. Still, there are some things that you’ll need to do that are more similar to the mechanics of Breakout, etc., such as clearing bricks that are falling down. Also, take note that each of the bricks have a number, which designates the number of times you should hit it before it’s cleared; if you see the number 2 on a brick, you have to hit it twice, and you’ll have to hit a brick with the number 3 three times, and so on. We would recommend prioritizing those bricks that have higher numbers, then working your way down to the easier ones.
2. More Balls, More Bricks Cleared
Clearing tiles and making sure they don’t hit the bottom is one thing. But may also encounter flashing circles, which you should hit in order to get more balls. At the start, you’ll have just one ball, but you shouldn’t misconstrue the number of balls as your equivalent of lives. Once all of the balls hit the floor, that’s the end of your turn, but one thing you should remember is that more balls means more chances to clear more bricks. Also remember that you won’t have full control over the balls, which means some of them may bounce or drop immediately.
3. It’s All About Angling Your Shots
There is a physics mechanic to this game that’s similar to the physics in Breakout and its ilk. It’s normally not recommended that you aim the balls in a straight line; instead, you’ll have to angle your shots to get the best possible results. For example, the manner in which you angle your shot would determine how high it will bump upwards. And that’s actually what you want to happen, as it’s going to take longer for the ball(s) to make their way down. You may even end up with more bricks cleared if it takes a while for the ball to descend. The best angles to use in this game will all depend on you, but the main thing to avoid is firing the balls straight away each and every time.
4. Make The Ball Bounce As Often As Possible
Although it’s important that you’re able to come up with the ideal angle, it’s also important that you angle your shots in such a way that they bounce as often as possible, and for as long as possible. More bounces means more chances to clear the bricks, and in order to get more bounces, you should try to aim the ball so that it sneaks into those gaps. Once a ball makes it through there, it will keep on bouncing and keep on chipping away at the bricks, thus allowing you to clear levels faster and further your progress in the game.
That’s all for now. If you know other tips and tricks for the Ketchapp’s new mobile title, Ballz, then feel free to leave us a message!