BounceBash Released by Headlight Software Inc

BounceBash is full of amazing levels filled with arcade-styled powerups and lots of 'splosions!

BounceBash is full of amazing levels filled with arcade-styled powerups and lots of ‘splosions!

Headlight Software contacted me a few weeks ago to make the music for BounceBash. The incredible distance this company has gone from the early beta they showed me then to their now released app is just phenomenal. Bouncebash is everything thats great about iOS gaming plus everything that’s great about classic arcade games. The game features a plucky little armadillo named Dillo who feels the need journey through the world, ridding it of crates, propelled by a giant gravity defying ping pong paddle. It’s whacky, nonsensical as a plumber rescuing a princess…I love it! The story isn’t really important here but the fact that this game combines the first video game craze (Pong) with one of the BIGGEST (Angry Birds) in a way that doesn’t feel contrived or forced really makes this game stand out.

The interface and physics feels like Angry Birds, as you fly through the slick looking levels, you’ll be stopped by piles of crates which you have to bring down by bouncing Dillo into them. You’ll pick up powerups that do things like shrink Dillo, enlarge the crates, summon lightning or summon…cats…yes, I said summon cats. Cat balls come flying down and help you take out crates. It’s hilarious.

Headlight made my day when they said, “We were thinking about modernized chiptune/retro sounds, since the game does lots of modern graphic stuff along with the retro look, a nice bouncy tune.” Yeah, that’s what I’d put in every game if it were up to me. The game has something really cool that happens when you power up. The graphics get an upgrade and so does the music, from low-fi chiptune bounciness to a Arp-crazy all-out remix version of the song. The way they kept the two tracks blending seamlessly is really something. It’s really rewarding to grab a powerup and hear the music surge up with more energy. I started out with a base 8-bit track with some old Atari and gameboy synth sounds and then spiced it up with modern drums and synths.

Sadly, Grumpy cat grumpily rejected the offer to play the cat ball.

Sadly, Grumpy cat grumpily rejected the offer to play the cat ball.

I highly recommend this app. It’s the perfect casual blend of one-finger arcade fun and an engaging endless game. You can’t go wrong with that. Give them some love so this app blows up the way it should!

Bounce Bash (iOS)

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