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Bix Review

By Andrew Nesvadba, on December 28, 2009


Bix
  • Publisher: Padadaz
  • Genre: Action
  • Released: 31 Oct, 2008
  • Size: 714.1 KB
  • Price: $0.99
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PROS

  • Games auto-save and continue.
  • Deceptively complex arcade gameplay.

CONS

  • No enemies to add challenge to levels.

VERDICT

Bix is one of those great little simple solitaire arcade games where it's less about competing for a good score and more about just getting better at the game itself. It's a rare little gem and one that can waste your time with ease.


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Bix by Padadaz is a great new arcade game that fuses the classic gameplay from Taito's Qix with more modern gameplay adaptions from Jezzball and KBounce. For those who don't know these iconic games, Bix is an arcade game that has you racing to claim screen's space without being hit by balls bouncing around the increasingly smaller play area.

Your "tracer" is controlled by simple directional swipes to indicate which direction it should draw a line and subsequently create a box. Lives are lost as the balls that bounce around the screen hit an unfinished "box", so you'll need to be agile with your drawing. Swiping does take a bit of getting used to, especially as it's not particularly suited to quick-reactions, but it is playable and fun to use.

Bix uses a very basic design for its interface and the game itself consists of simple colored blocks. The brushed metal look is at least preferable to flat colors and basic special effects make the game easy to follow. iTunes is supported for background music, so you won't be without something to rock along to.

As far as solitaire arcade games go it's refreshing to play something that's still relatively unique as only a handful of other games on the App Store have used Qix as an inspiration. Bix is a great addition to anyone's arcade collection for something different.

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