Radballs iPad Review

Radballs is a combination of great things. In the casual sense, it's a 1980s puzzle party. For hardcore gamers, it's a cross between Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo and Lumines. Providing this news didn't cause a massive brain explosion, we strongly suggest downloading this app right away.

The developers at Glow Play essentially borrowed different elements, mashed them together and put their own spin on things. Like many puzzle games, multicolored objects (in this case, Radballs) constantly fall from the top of screen, and it's your job to group them in 2X2 or larger blocks.

Meanwhile, a Beat Wave (hence the Lumines reference) slowly scrolls from the top of the screen to the bottom, destroying those aforementioned blocks, but there's a catch. You can stop the Wave with a finger and scratch it like a DJ to affect the music while causing blocks to explode faster.

The idea is to pause the Beat Wave right as it appears and create as many blocks as humanly possible (don't worry about Radballs filling the screen). Then you let that sucker go and watch the fireworks. Most times, the chain reactions are so huge that you'll advance to the next board.

Meanwhile, the developers keep things stressful with the Radness Meter, a constantly depleting bar that requires constant refilling or else it's game over. How do you keep it topped off? Destroying Radballs, of course. The larger the square or rectangle, the more juice you'll obtain.

All the while, the game keeps you entertained with slick 80s inspired backgrounds and custom music that would have been a huge hit during the decade of excess. Hardcore fans will love every neon filled second. As for everyone else, the game lets them import music from their iTunes libraries.

Unfortunately, the Beat Wave tends to get in way, since both it and the Radballs are touchable; you get used to it. We also think Arcade is pathetically easy on Normal, though cranking up the difficulty makes Radballs near impossible, so if you're in desperate need of a challenge, you'll certainly find it.

Factor in universal support, achievements and additional modes (Survival, Time Trial) and Radballs is, well, totally rad. Do yourself a favor and indulge.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad. Requires iOS 4.1 or later.

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What's Hot: Fantastic 1980s inspired graphics and music, addictive Radball matching play, universal support, the ability to import music.

What's Not: Normal difficulty is too easy.

5/5