Neverball is a 3D ball rolling game released by Studio 3D.
“Tilt the floor to roll a ball through an obstacle course before time runs out. Neverball is part puzzle game, part action game, and entirely a test of skill.”
The idea behind the game is that you need to guide the ball to the target as quickly as possible, but making sure you collect enough coins on the way to reach your goal and therefore activate the target so you can exit the level.
The basics of the game is to move the ball around the platform areas of the map. In the easy starting levels you have barriers stopping you from falling off the side and no real dangerous areas. The only thing you are up against is the time limit. As you progress, the barriers are removed, more holes are added and things like lifts are added into the mix.
Neverball offers lots of levels to play, with well over 120 levels available at time of release.
The game is controlled by touching the screen to tilt the maze around you allowing the ball to roll in that direction. Annoyingly, there appears to be no on-screen button to pause the game or return to the main menu etc.
The graphics and sound are good, the areas and balls are nicely drawn in 3D.
On the upside:
- Nicely Design Levels
On the downside:
- The touch controls are not the greatest even after tweaking the sensitivity. Tilt controls would have made the game far more playable.
- Lazy port with references to mouse and keyboard shortcuts, like press Esc to return to the menu.
- Time limits can be tough.
Overall, this is a nicely designed game, but suffers from being a lazy touch screen port. It tilt controls had been used or even giving access to the keyboard short cuts on the touch screen could have improved this game. I hope the developers will make use of the Touchpads abilities in a future update. If you can get the hang of the controls the game does offer a lot to do. However, younger kids will give up before they get any real enjoyment from the game.
Size: 136.2 MB
Price (at time of review): £0.79
Link: Neverball – Studio 3D