Balloon Loons review (iOS / Universal)

January 21, 2013

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10 word description: Floating collect-em-up with balloons and rabbits. 45 levels.

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10 word review: Joust, reimagined by very cheerful people. A lot of fun.

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You will like this if you enjoy: Joust – seriously, the basic gameplay is very similar. Arcade games with an emphasis on fun. Games without IAPs or adverts.

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The good news: The gameplay is very good and fun, which is important despite what a lot of app store games would have you believe. Graphics are pretty although not jaw-dropping. Music is decent, sound effects and audio cues for power-ups are amusing and suitably silly. Plenty of control options. Runs perfectly ok on 1st gen iPad and 4th gen Touch.

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The bad news: On the smaller screen (iPhone/Touch) using the control buttons can obscure some of the action at the bottom of the screen. No iCloud sync for playing on more than one device. I suppose the lack of pay-to-win IAPs might disappoint a few drooling imbeciles who have more money than sense, but that’s just good news for the rest of us.

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Arcadelife verdict: I’ve been waiting a while to review the big version 2.0 update and it has definitely been worth the wait. Balloon Loons plays a lot like Joust, as you fly/float around, attempting to pop the enemies’ balloons from above. There’s far more variety to the environments, enemies and power-ups, and the gameplay is jovial and entertaining. Ultimately, it’s a fun arcade style game with no pretensions at being serious or anything more than what it is. It also has no IAPs or adverts, which is really refreshing these days! Recommended.

Arcadelife rating

Presentation – 9/10
Visuals – 8/10
Controls – 8/10
Content – 9/10
Fun – 8/10
Final rating – 8/10


Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 2.0
iTunes link

Balloon Loons website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (iOS 6.0.1)
4th gen iPad (iOS 6.0.1)
1st gen iPad (iOS 5.1.1)

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