Beiks Week: Toxic Balls

by PocketGoddess on October 14, 2005

The story behind this game is that an accident at a chemical plant has led to the release of a toxic chemical that is spreading throughout the world, destroying everything it touches. It’s up to you, the hero of the game, to stop the deadly attack using the weapons provided at each site. Sounds simple, but it’s devilishly hard, even on the easy level.
At the beginning of each level you are confronted with a few “toxic balls” filled with the chemical that has leaked out of the processing plant; one touch from any of those balls and you die instantly and have to restart the level. Your only hope is very quick reflexes and the Shield powerup that appears every now and then. That’s because the balls bounce all over the place, and fast– you have to avoid them and shoot them at the same time. To make things even trickier, each time you shoot the balls with your laser, they break into smaller balls that are much harder to hit than the originals, which is very similar to the way the asteroids reacted in the arcade classic of the same name.
Fortunately the controls are fully customizable, and if you have a newer device with a five way navigator, you can play the whole game with just one hand, for both movement and weapons fire. The graphics are fun, but not bleeding edge. The sound effects are cute, especially the tiny portion of the “Hallelujah” Chorus that plays when you lose a life, and there’s also a fun little ghost animation that rises up to the top of the playing field. There’s also a full tutorial that explains the default controls and all of the available weapons powerups. My personal favorite is the bazooka, because it can take out big balls completely, without shattering them into smaller fragments.
Toxic Balls for Palm OS requires 1.3MB of space and Palm OS 5. It’s a lot of fun and frenetically paced. As long as you’re up for a challenge and aren’t looking for a relaxed gameplay experience, Toxic Balls just might be exactly what you’re looking for. You can check out some screen shots, get a free trial or purchase your own copy for $10 at the Beiks web site.
4 out of 5

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