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Published on October 2nd, 2009 | by AppTrawler


Skee-Ball – Review

I dig skee-ball.  I’ve played it for as long as I can remember whether going to a carnival or to the shore.  It’s hard to believe the game is older than my dearly departed grandfather.

The creators have gone out of their way to capture the look and feel of the classic game in this app.  They even have a version of the famous type of tickets skee-ball machines would dispense on the app’s splash screen.

There are a few ways you can “throw” the ball at the alley.  One is to swipe your finger in different directions upwards.  Another is to hold your thumb on the device and “flick” it with your wrist.  You can tilt the device to add spin to the ball.

The game does include a few extras that make this version of skee-ball better than life.  One is that at times during the game, certain holes start to glow.  If you get the ball into the glowing holes, you earn extra points and extra tickets.  Another is that, as with skee-ball in reality, you win tickets good for prizes which can be cashed in and actually affect the game.  For example, you could win skee-balls of different colors and designs to use in future play.

The graphics are excellent.  Kudos to the creators of this game for so accurately recreated the skee-ball environment.  My only complaint is that it’s really difficult for me to set up my patented bank shot off the side of the alley.  I keep trying to no avail.

Other than that, this game is well worth the $.99 investment.Skee_Ball

Quick Take

Value: Excellent
Would I Buy Again: Absolutely.
Learning Curve: Low to Medium.
Who Is It For: Skee-ball lovers.
What I Like: The game.  The graphics.
What I Don’t: Tough to do a bank shot.

Final Statement: Well worth the investment.

Developer’s Notes:

Skee-Ball! Bring the fun of the boardwalk to the palm of your hand with 3D graphics, great physics, and awesome prizes. A true American classic.With a quick flick, roll the ball up the ramp and into one of the numbered holes for points, tickets, and unlockable achievements.Win enough tickets and go on a shopping-spree for fun prizes like a set of vampire teeth, a Peruvian Flute Band CD, or even a custom ball to use in-game. Over 80 prizes in all.Skee-Ball is easy to learn and easier to love: Play by simply flicking your finger across the screen or making a bowling motion. Tilt the iPhone/iPod Touch to add spin. Simple to play, almost impossible to stop playing!The NVIDIA PhysX engine delivers console-quality physics so the ball rolls and bounces hyper-realistically. Worldwide hi-scores let you see how your hoard of tickets compares to everyone else’s. The Plus+ Network lets you challenge friends with score tracking, achievements and leader-boards.Skee-Ball is celebrating its 100th birthday, but has never felt more modern!Check-out our other great games and apps… Moto Chaser, Flick Fishing, Postman, Flick Bowling, SlotZ Racer, and more!Skee-Ball is©Skee-Ball Amusement Games. All Rights Reserved.


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Ian loves to write about everything he does. Whether he is playing video games, trying out new apps, running a successful business, or jumping out of a plane... he documents it!

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