Reviewed: April 4, 2010
Released: March 13, 2010
App Store Price: $.99
Anyone remember those Fischer Price toys where you had to put the various shapes into the matching shaped holes? That was the first thing I thought of when I started playing Boom Boxes on my iPhone. You have lots of shapes and lots of colors and the game certainly tests your mental powers of observation and memory, color and shape recognition, and even some pattern recognition.
The concept is simple. You are given a pattern of shapes along the top of the screen and you must rapidly tap on the matching larger shapes below in the same order as they appear up top. You must be fast and accurate as any incorrect tap deducts precious seconds from the already-short timer. At first things seem simple and obvious but in the later levels patterns start to develop and you can start predicting the next object to touch merely by its location rather than its color or shape.
Boom Boxes offers several ways to play including the Classic Mode that features 60 increasingly difficult levels spread across 4 stages. There are also Time Attack and Sudden Death modes that offer an even greater challenge as well as a multiplayer battle mode. And for those looking for the ultimate challenge, check out the Color Blind, Shape Shifting, and Tunnel Vision modes. Earn Bronze, Silver or Gold awards based on your accuracy and speed then share your scores and earned achievements using the OpenFeint leaderboard system.
The concept is simple and the game is very approachable by adults as well as the younger crowd. With its bright colors and simple shapes, the game could even be considered as somewhat educational for preschoolers, assuming you are comfortable with them using your iPhone or iPad Touch. There isnít much going on with the sound. You have about 3-4 effects in total with no music. Most of the time youíll simply hear the sound of a popping balloon as you tap on each shape.
Boom Boxes is only $.99 so it falls into that disposable purchase category where even if it sucks youíre only out a buck, but thankfully, Boom Boxes doesnít suck. It is quite enjoyable and will certainly provide you with hours or addicting fun Ė certainly a dollarís worth. Check it out.