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Ball Slam Fantasy Tournament Review

By , on January 20, 2011


Ball Slam Fantasy Tournament
Download on the AppStore
3 out of 5

PROS

Not your traditional brick-breaker title.

Multiple 'paddles' with unique power-ups.

Plenty of levels to keep you busy; multiplayer also available.

CONS

  • Control system not immediately intuitive; lots of swiping for little accuracy.
  • Lots of elements feel recycled from the earlier release.

VERDICT

While needing to swipe around like a mad-man can be a bit odd, it's a change of pace from the usual brick-breaking title, making Ball Slam Fantasy Tournament at least somewhat more interesting to check out.


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You have to be pretty ballsy (get it?) to decide make a brick-breaker based title these days, let alone one that's genuinely entertaining, but it seems that Zed Worldwide were up to the challenge and the result is Ball Slam Fantasy Tournament.

In what is essentially an update of the 2009 release of Ball Slam Fantasy, players are pitted against what appears to be a fairly traditional brick breaking title, but after a few levels it's clear that you'll need to think outside the box to succeed. Each 'paddle' can be dragged around the screen, leaving a vertical or horizontal trail behind as it moves, acting as a barrier that can be used to bounce the ball on the screen. Additional paddles can be unlocked as you progress through the game, with each one having a handful of unique power-ups that can drop along with the regular assortment of positive and negative ones.

However this freedom of movement comes with a price as the walls themselves can open and close, creating gaps that need to be covered all around the level. A lot of intense concentration (or just plain luck) is needed to prevent losing a life, however a lucky stream of power-ups will make short work of any remaining blocks on screen. A local multiplayer mode is also available for those after a change of pace.

Ball Slam Fantasy Tournament isn't your normal brick-breaking title, as it chooses to shoot down a completely new path with its controls and adds a few interesting environment hazards that will keep you on your toes. Ultimately it still feels like Arkanoid, but the changes make it worth checking out.

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FalloutNewVegas 3 years, 9 months ago

No thumbs-up symbols in pros box in this review...