Red Ball 3 HD

Red Ball 3 HD

We get the jump on the iPad’s latest hot platform game

With its generic name and basic-looking visuals, Red Ball 3 is a game that seems cheap and unpolished on first impressions, but is actually a great little platform game with some clever touches.

The objective is similar to just about any iOS platformer out there: reach the end of the stage, and if you want an extra challenge, collect the three stars trickily placed around the level.

The controls are simple – just left, right and jump buttons – but it’s the way that little red ball moves that adds challenge. Learning how to make use of and/or compensate for his momentum is the key to getting around, as is the ability to switch directions mid-air.

Each level is designed in such a way that it brilliantly exploits the floaty control you have over the red ball. There are tons of gaps to cross and ramps to roll off. And, later on, those gaps get wider, bridged by ever more complicated contraptions that you’ll have to precariously perch on while also manipulating. Unlike so many other games, Red Ball 3 manages to become more fun the more complicated it gets.

There’s a wonderful level early on, for example, where you have to push a boulder down a ramp and then jump over it and get across the gap first to activate a bridge. These kinds of moments, which you’ll almost always fail the first time, are the sorts of learning processes that make Red Ball 3 a fun game to play.

Rated 4 out of 5

An apparently basic game that’s stacks of fun once you actually start to play it. Cheap but cheerful.

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