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Bounce

 

 

SCORE: 59

 

Bounce  

 

Secular media magazines, and websites rarely give Christian video games a fair shake. Some of that has to do with the image they have of Christian video games. That image is one of Christian video games being sub-standard compared to their secular counterparts. Generally that image does not fit reality. There are plenty of bad video games in the secular gaming circles, and there are also some Christian video games that are (editor: how can we put this nicely) not that great. If you are familiar with Breakout, then Bounce will bring back memories. Essentially the player has a ball, and an item that bounces the ball up towards items that disappears when the ball touches them. Bounce adds a small twist by having some additional things (i.e. trees, blocks) in the way.

Bounce recycles graphics from previous Breakthrough Gaming video games. These graphics are bright and colorful, but on the down side they are pretty bland. The other issue with the graphics is they are showing their age. Breakthrough Gaming has been churning out video games, but the WMG is not seeing any improvements in the graphical department. We at FFG expect some improvement. There are images (crosses, and dialogue about Jesus dying for our sins) that promote a relationship with God.

Usually Breakthrough Gaming excels in the sounds department (editor: even if it is only one song). Sadly Bounce does not follow that trend. The sounds are crisp, and clear; but the music is not memorable. The music did not get to the point of being annoying, which may have something to do with the length of the game. The sound effects are also something that needed much more work before this game was released.

It took the WMG under thirty minutes to beat the story mode. Another forty minutes to unlock the additional levels. A player could replay a level to get a better time, but quite honestly this entire game is a mini game in other games. Bounce can only be played by one person at a time. Even though this game can be purchased for $10.87 US Dollars, this reviewer does not believe it is worth your hard earned dollars. Entire games that include this style of game (as a mini game) can be purchased for that same price.

The bouncing action in Bounce takes a little bit to get used to. For some reason the angles did not seem to function as expected. When a game is timing the player, the bouncing action needs to be spot on. The WMG really wanted to like this game, but honestly did not have much fun playing it. The control scheme works well, but there are not many controls at all.

Not every video game can be a hit, and not every game can be innovative. Bounce has some good lessons with the different characters remembering what they learned about Jesus Christ. Sadly Bounce is too short, and not a game that the WMG can recommend. Breakthrough Gaming may be an independent developer, but we are expecting more from them. The Working Man Gamer expects more from them.
- Working Man Gamer

 

Graphics: 62%
Sound: 60%
Replay/Extras: 40%
Gameplay: 60%
Family Friendly Factor: 75%
System: Personal Computer
Publisher: Breakthrough Gaming
ESRB Rating:
'NR' for Not Rated


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