If you can look past its awkward name and ridiculous marketing campaign (watch the opening of this video to see what I'm talking about), "Hairy Balls" is undeniably one of the best free to play games currently available on the App Store.
In this logic puzzler you'll roll "Hairy Balls" Dwayne, Graham, Lola and Jerome around to eat their liked-colored “Agaricus Dingdongalus“ (Ding-Dong mushrooms). Each ball won't stop until it hits an object, and you're given a limited amount of moves on each level.
Later levels introduce additional hazards, such as lava pits that will set your balls aflame, and Snowmen that can stop your balls cold in their tracks once before falling apart. The obstacles add an even further level of complexity to the game, making each level a greater challenge than the last.
If you're stuck on a puzzle, you can use one of your hints to see what ball you should move, and in which direction. You'll start off with three hints, and receive one free hint a day. More hints are available as in-game purchases.
The brilliant hint system in "Hairy Balls" rewards determined and patient players, who'll be able to figure out each level without spending a single dime.
You'll have to think ahead as you play around with your red, purple, yellow and, yes, blue "Hairy Balls" through a total of 66 levels to master. It's a pretty safe bet that we'll be seeing the number of levels "grow in size" over the next few months.
I was able to reach level 32 before using up all of the free hints in a little less than an hour. I later managed to beat four more levels by playing the game on and off throughout the course of the day.
Redtribe's "Hairy Balls" is worth messing around with, and you can download it for free here.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
For more information about the game, visit www.facebook.com/hairyballsgame.
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