Civiballs – Indie app of the day

by: Joe HindyApril 14, 2014

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.

Civiballs review

Final thoughts

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!
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  • Mayoo

    I downloaded it. Then finished reading your article. Verified the permissions and also noted what you said about not including Google Play Services features.

    Sadly, even with all the fun it seemed, I uninstalled right away. IT devs who duplicate code instead of using “standards” are not to be encouraged and are a shame to the profession. Too many permissions is also to blame. Even if the company has a safe status, I won’t allow this, not on my device.

    • JosephHindy

      Duplicate code? Do you have any evidence to support that? It’s quite easy to say it out loud but having similar game play elements is not duplication of code. Under that logic, pretty much every game with a jump button “duplicated code” off of Mario Bros from 1983.

      • Mayoo

        Duplicate features then. Why code a completely spearate achievements system when there are solutions already there to help devs. That is what I meant.

        • JosephHindy

          I can’t answer that. Some people just like living in early 2013 I guess.

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