3D FreeThrow HD: universal basketball game
Being a sucker for every new basketball game in the App Store, I bought this one when it came out yesterday. It is a one-player version of the "Around The World" game that we have all played on our neighborhood courts. The physics and graphics are very impressive, but at first I found this game extremely frustrating. There are no instructions, so I assumed that shooting the basketball required a swiping motion and that I would be able to control the direction and power of shots. After several minutes it dawned on me that the control mechanism (a directional arrow that shows up when you touch above the basketball) requires a touch-and-slide movement, and it gives you control over the shot's arc and direction -- but not the power of the shot. To shoot the ball, you lift up your finger after you've done the touch-and-slide motion. The challenge and the fun part of the game comes from the need to pay attention to where the aiming arrow is pointing relative to details on the building behind the basket. By remembering where your arrow pointed on your first shot you can make incremental changes to adjust for your next shot. This is a trial-and-error game, but that's what makes it challenging and enjoyable. Now that I have figured out the odd control system I've had a great time with this game. I've exchanged emails with the developer and my impression is that he is committed to adding detailed instructions and tweaking the controls.