Limp Bizkit once made a song about Orb, though they didn’t know it at the time: a game in which the only aim is to keep rollin’. Controlled entirely by accelerometer, the game sees the titular orb running along a never-ending track, trying to keep away from an ever-encroaching tide of destruction, itself destroying every tile it crosses. The path ahead is treacherous: pitfalls dot the path, and a single mistake can spell instant doom. Further complicating things are active tiles – coloured blocks that can push, boost or lift the orb, or even destroy surrounding tiles – requiring immediate acceleration to avoid a tumble.
And that’s it. Simple as simple can be, there’s nothing more to the game – just roll on for as long as possible. The course is randomly generated – or at least made up of a random selection of predefined block patterns – and moves quickly. Fortunately, the game is backed by accurate and responsive tilt controls, and it keeps to a wonderfully clean aesthetic: sharp, clear graphics with minimal use of colour, backed by a simple, beat-driven soundtrack: there may not be much to the game, but what there is has been perfectly realised.
The game has a compulsive quality to it: the constant onrush of tiles, the driving soundtrack, the ever-increasing score counter – simple touches, but wonderfully effective. This, along with relatively short playtimes (assuming you’re as woeful at playing the game as I am), makes for a pick up and play kind of game with a strong ‘just one more go’ element, capable of keeping your attention for as little or as much time as you want.
The game is 99p on the marketplace, but having played the trial beforehand I could find no difference between the two versions – there didn’t seem to be any limits in the trial, and there are certainly no adverts. It’s possible I simply hadn’t survived or played long enough for the limits to become apparent, but I have to recommend playing the trial first and seeing if it’s enough for you, rather than jumping straight into the paid version. Personally, even if purchasing it did achieve nothing, I’m happy to have given Palladium Power my money – for 99p you’re supporting a developer who’ve managed to make a fantastic, polished distraction of a game that’s just perfect for playing on the go. If you’re looking for a simple but satisfying time-waster, you could do a lot worse than Orb.
Orb Gameplay Video
Version Under Review : 2.1
Website : Palladium Power
There is a trial version available and the full version is available for $1.29, we are not sure what are the limitations of the trial version.
Our Rating for Orb