Civiballs – Indie app of the day
What is Civiballs?
Civiballs is a puzzle game from Herocraft. In each level, there is at least one green ball and red ball. Your goal is to use the elements in the level to move the balls to their designated spots. There are also bonus diamonds in each level that you can grab if you work your way through the level in the appropriate fashion. Behind it all is a lighthearted story that involves time travel.
The game mechanics should feel pretty familiar. It borrows a little bit from the popular Cut the Rope series. For example, in some levels the balls are hung from chains that you can slash to release them. You can also use other level elements like volcanoes, crossbows, and even the stationary parts of the level to creatively move the balls around to get them where they need to go. If you fail to get the balls in their respective spots, you’ll have to start the level over.
That’s really about it. There are 60 levels for you to go through and Herocraft may add more eventually. There are in app purchases that essentially just remove the advertising. Otherwise it appears as though the entire game is free to play. There are achievements and a leaderboard which are pretty much standard in mobile gaming these days.
What is wrong with this game?
A few things. The app uses a high number of app permissions which may bug some people. Herocraft has released a lot of games and never had any issues with malware so I wouldn’t worry about that, but why Civiballs needs to know your battery info is anyone’s guess. The advertisements are a little annoying. You’ll see a full screen ad pretty much every time you beat a level unless you pay to make them go away. Lastly, while the game is solid, the peripherals could use some work. They went through the trouble of coding in achievements and leaderboards but didn’t add Google Play Games support which would’ve been a nice addition.
Overall, this is a pretty solid offering from Herocraft. The levels start out pretty easy and get harder as the game progresses. One could complain that 70 levels pales in comparison to bigger name games like Angry Birds or Cut the Rope, but Civiballs is still free to play so it’s not like you’re wasting any money by giving it a try. Once you get up to where the puzzles are challenging, the game can be enjoyable even with the advertisements. If you’re into puzzle games and want to try it out, click the button below to get started!