- Obstacle courses become quite complex and inventive.
- Bowling mechanics are solid and enjoyable.
- Agreeably daft sensibilities.
- Visuals are a tad iffy.
- A little light on content.
It's daft and a little rough around the edges, but Rollabear's silly bowling-inspired shenanigans offer some entertaining moments.
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What is it about the iOS platform that makes developers want to fire animals from slingshots? Nope, we're not talking about those Angry Birds again. This time, we talking about bears. Bears being fired at little men dressed up as bunnies. And the men dressed as bunnies are actually bowling pins. And the bear has a fish which can turn back time.
Still with me? Nevermind - let me explain.
You've heard of crazy gold, right? Well, Rollabear is essentially crazy bowling. You launch your chosen bear from a slingshot. You must then guide this bear down an obstacle course, collecting crates for fish along the way. At the end of each course there are 9 people arranged as bowling pins whom you must knock over.
Clearly this is a game which doesn't take itself too seriously. This is just as well, as it's a relatively lightweight affair. The visuals are colourful, but not particularly impressive. The controls respond well, allowing you to tap either side of the screen to steer the ball of fur left or right. If you misjudge a corner or smash into a rock, you can rewind time by pulling back on the screen. This only works when you've collected enough fish, and so can only be used sparingly.
You can rattle through the levels fairly quickly thanks to the generous progression system. It'll take you a good deal longer to max out the stars on each course, though, something which you just might be inclined to try. It may be a little rough around the edges - the pause screen is horrible and some of the textures are pretty dreadful - but the act of flinging, steering, and striking is surprisingly good fun.
We weren't bowled off our feet, but Rollabear certainly raised a smile, and prompted more than a few victory air-grabs. It's light and slightly insubstantial, but there's enough here to give bowling fans something new to do with their spare time.
Description“Insane rolling platforming starring a bunch of bears curled up into spherical shapes, Rollabear is a bit of a runner, a bit of a Super MonkeyBall game and a bit of a cautionary tale about buying cheap detergent at laundromats:” – IGN
“I feel like way too often we find ourselves saying, "Oh, it's another one of these." That's a phrase that's absolutely impossible for anyone to utter when referring to Rollabear.” – TouchArcade
“It's like someone sat down with a super-creative five year old and asked, "OK, what game should we make," and then they executed on it 100%” – TouchArcade
“Move aside Angry Birds, Bad Piggies, and Cut the Rope’s Om Nom, because the App Store has a new cute, colorful character for iDevice users to meet. “ – App Advice
“I’m really enjoying Rollabear right now, and I would say that this is a must-have game for the week. It’s cute, delightful, and quite challenging with plenty of content to go through.” – App Advice
“It's not always the most obvious combinations that work. Sometimes you need to go out on a limb a little if you want to create something original - otherwise you're left with the same staid content that everyone else is producing. Which is exactly what Rollabear has done.” – Pocket Gamer
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Fly, fall and roll in a ball through the magical 3D animated world of Rollabear.
Join Bubba Bear, Poppy the panda, Otis and friends in this totally original, action packed bowling adventure across three magical wonderlands.
Meet Lord Gillsworth, the dapper goldfish ready to lend a helping hand to the Rollabears who veer off course. Scattered across the lands are his golden boxes of his magical time-warping fish which allow players to rewind time, correct their mistakes and get closer to the perfect strike.
Roll through the Rockies, collecting fish and knocking down the Lumberjacks as you go. Embark on an adventure through mystical Asia, rolling down the Great Wall, shooting through the bamboo forests and bouncing across the colourful lily ponds… Finally slip, roll and slide through the icy Arctic wonderland, encountering a host of characters and obstacles, pesky penguins, killer whales, and some pretty scary, pretty hairy mammoths!
No bears were hurt in the making of this game…but a few got a little dizzy!
· 60 unique action packed levels
· 6 chapters
· 3 magical worlds
· 20 original bear characters to unlock
· Simple controls
· Unique style and gameplay
· Beautiful bespoke animations
· 3 unique modes of play
· Unlockable levels
· Incredibly addictive fun
· Facebook/Twitter functionality
· Gamecenter support