- Clever interactive musical elements; upbeat Jazzy style.
- Simple Jazzball/Qix style gameplay with a modern influence.
- Clean, effective visuals.
- Playing without sound can lose its appeal quickly.
- No real variety in the challenge.
If you like funky jazzy tunes and fun, simple gameplay, you'd do worse than spending some time with Pizarro's classic arcade gameplay.
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While you may not have heard about Jezzball, it's likely that if you've owned a desktop PC during the mid to late 90s that you've encountered this simple game in one form or another. Based, in part, on the Arcade classic Qix, it has seen several iterations on the App Store already however Pizarro by Corrino Software has to be the classiest version to date.
The basic gameplay revolves around touching the screen to inflate circles and players will need to cover at least 80% of the screen to continue to the next level. However, there's a catch - tiny balls are constantly bouncing around the screen (often at different speeds) and if they collide with your circle as it's growing it's completely canceled. To add a small unique twist to the game, collisions will also result in losing the energy used to create the circle, with the game ending if you run out of energy before completing a level.
This is all well and good, but so far so similar, right? Thankfully this is where the game's presentation begins to shine as Pizarro features a soundtrack with a jazzy influence that changes as you interact with the game. Piano keys tinkle as the balls bounce around the screen while bass lines slowly thumb their way in the background, occasionally punctuated by trumpets that signify a completed circle. The overall experience is simple, but effective as you occasionally encounter a clever riff.
However, without the backing of its soundtrack, Pizarro quickly loses its appeal as its dated gameplay serves well only as a temporary distraction. The implementation of an energy bar shows an understanding of modern gaming tastes and influences, but it's not enough to keep players coming back for more; a great game for those who like to play with their headphones on.
Description"Pizarro is a great arcade game that's as simple as it is compelling." -- 148apps.com
Pizarro is an arcade strategy game with a smooth, jazzy feel and simple but addictive gameplay which makes intelligent use of the touch interface.
SIMPLE, ADDICTIVE GAMEPLAY
The objective in each level is to cover 80% of the area by creating expanding circles while avoiding collisions with moving objects. Although the basic gameplay is simple, it is difficult to master and offers virtually endless replayability.
Gameplay gets progressively more difficult as you advance through the levels, demanding more strategic placement of circles while challenging your co-ordination and mastery of the touch screen.
BLUESY, MUSICAL ATMOSPHERE
Pizarro integrates blues music into the gameplay itself. Groovy walking bass lines and musical notes played on object collision create a smooth, off-kilter atmosphere.
Pizarro is fully integrated with Apple Game Center. Post your scores to the leaderboards to share with friends. Try to unlock all 12 achievements by mastering the game mechanics.
Pizarro is a game by Corrino Software. Visit our website http://www.corrinosoftware.com for more awesome iPhone/iPad games.
What's New in Version 1.1* Improved physics simulation
* Higher animation quality
* Improvements in gameplay
* Bug fixes