- Lots of personality and humor with the different bucket personalities and all the conversations.
- They really use the game premise to its fullest. Store is full of useful items.
- Some of the voices are a little grating.
A simple game of flicking and balance brought to life through great visuals, fun voicework, and a load of personality.
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Sometimes you just have to admire the level of dedication given to certain aspects of a game. Often it's the attention to detail in the programming, wowing the player with intriguing answers to the question of “hmm, I wonder if I can do this”. In Bucketz however, the dedication is in the level of commitment to the personalities of the characters in game. Not only are they are an amusing lot of sentient buckets with distinct characteristics, but every single level contains its own set of funny conversations between them with fairly decent voice acting. That plus the general level of humor throughout the game does a lot to draw players into this game of balancing acts, and yes, the game itself while not an original concept is quite engaging.
The buckets are all different sizes and find themselves precariously placed on a ledge as objects of varying widths and weights rain down. It's up to your finger to keep the buckets from becoming too heavy and toppling the ledge, thus ending the level. Large objects will crush smaller buckets, and sometimes the combination of buckets makes for some interesting balancing acts indeed. Each level introduces something new that will help or hinder your progress (and upgrades can be bought in the shop to help you out). Don't worry about the prices as every stage ends with a bonus round, where coins fly with wild abandon across the landscape, waiting to be scooped up by your tapping fingers, and like the Ode to Joy in Peggle, this is always a welcome and satisfying end to each stage.
The presentation was mentioned before, and it really is one of the highlights of the game. The characters themselves are a rather simple cartoon style, but everything is crisp, full of color, and most importantly the characters are very expressive. The buckets themselves are archetypes (the grizzled war veteran, the hillbilly, the know-it-all brat), and their voices and personalities match these archetypes, but it's the combination of characters plus the punchy writing that really brings the whole thing to life, with plenty of fourth wall jokes and meta humor, if you like that sort of thing.
Bucketz shows that a decent enough game can be elevated to something more engaging through a great aesthetic if the proper creativity and effort is put in. Oh sure some of the voices are going to grate with some people, humor is very subjective, and we've all seen this type of game before, but this is a complete package that should definitely amuse all who make the purchase.
DescriptionBucketz is #1 in Iphone Quality Index' Top 10 iPhone games of July 2012!
*** Featured Game by Apple in App Store in 146 countries!! A major thanks to all our fans for their immense support and positive reviews!***
A GAME ABOUT BALANCE… and pretty much everything else…
Join The Nine, the most unlikely gang of heroes in their desperate quest to restore balance to all things and uncover the mystery behind the Dark Bucket and the Minions!
***SEE WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING:***
“Like a beacon of light within a storm, Bucketz is everything that a physics puzzler should be: Unique, full of personality, and plenty addicting with excellent voice acting” Gamezebo
"I can’t think of a better way to spend two dollars." 148Apps -Editor's Choice- 4.5/5
“If you’re looking for a great casual game to pick up this week, then make it Bucketz.” AppAdvice
“Bucketz features a style similar to the hilarious You Don’t Know Jack in terms of presentation, which means it’s in good company.” Appolicious
“Bucketz is a goofy-styled puzzler starring a brigade of sentient, smiling buckets, and it's up to you to keep them all properly balanced on a beam below by keep the weight of their contents evenly distributed.” IGN
"A simple game of flicking and balance brought to life through great visuals, fun voicework, and a load of personality." AppSpy
*** IMPORTANT: InApp functionality in this game is Completely Optional! You can play through the whole game and win Bucks during Bonus Rounds to purchase stuff in the shop without paying anything extra!***
Stash hundreds of ITEMS into your BUCKETZ, fight a horde of devious MINIONS, face relentless BOSSES, and utilize countless POWER-UPS while dodging increasingly challenging OBSTACLES throughout and maintaining BALANCE.
Will you emerge as the Master of Balance or watch the Bucketz tumble away into oblivion?
ADDICTIVE AND INNOVATIVE GAMEPLAY STYLE:
Prepare for split second saves and hours of adrenaline filled, edge of your seat gaming as you stow hundreds of items in the Bucketz, in a daring attempt to preserve equilibrium. Intuitive touch screen controls allows you to play the game as you like and develop your own play style: Showcase your acrobatics prowess or brawl your way to victory!
CHALLENGING AND FUN ENCOUNTERS:
Play your way through an impressive array of adversities such as MINIONS that shape shift into lethal forms and smart BOSSES that dodge your fingertips, aliens that try to kidnap your Bucketz and fake items that morph your Bucketz into evil versions of themselves. Prepare for a surprise around literally every corner.
UNIQUE POWERUPS AND UPGRADES:
Utilize or avoid insane Power-ups (and downs) plus situational ones that don’t always work in your favor. Equip your Bucketz with EPIC UPGRADES to beat the odds.
HILARIOUS CHARACTERS AND AN ENGAGING STORY:
You’ll love The Nine, a cast of characters with distinct (and vastly clashing) personalities with,
• Amazing hand drawn graphics and thousands of frames of animation in full Retina Display.
• Professional Hollywood voice acting from start to finish
• Lame-proof humor woven throughout hundreds of funny interactions between the characters, minions and the bosses.
• A rock solid story leading to the epic finale with major twists along the way.
EXCEPTIONAL REPLAY VALUE:
• Levels (after Tutorial) are dynamically generated from hundreds of thousands of hand crafted algorithms, allowing for a different experience every time you play!
• Unique extra Game Modes can be unlocked as you progress, and new content is on the way!
• COMPETE with Friends on Points and Achievements via Game Center.
Bucketz is a Universal Application and will work on all iOS devices with the EXCEPTION of iPod touch 3rd Generation 8 GB, iPhone 3G and OLDER devices.
What's New in Version 1.2• Bucketz is now fully optimized for the iPhone 5 and IOS 6.
• You can now win tons of extra Bucks simply by inviting your friends!
• The “Minion Mayhem” Mode in Extras is now available from the start!
• A special Halloween surprise for all our fans.