In Indie Game HQ’s latest review, Nathan takes a look at Apple Bin by Ruxar. Apple Bin is a casual physics shooter and is available on Android and Window Phone. If you like what you see in the review and have a Windows phone, consider purchasing the Pro Version to help support the developer. All other links can be found at the end of the review.
GAME NAME: Apple Bin
PLATFORM(S): Android, Windows Phone
GENRE(S): Puzzle, Casual
RELEASE DATE(S): Mar. 29, 2013
We would like to thank Ruxar for giving us the opportunity to review their latest title. For more, please check out their website.
Apple Bin is a physics shooter-type puzzle game with simple one touch controls. The game draws from elements of Angry Birds and Rag-doll blaster to create a unique and fun experience The object of the game is to (and the title may have given it away) get the apples in the bin. Flipping gravity, portals and lots of crates are standing in your way.
- Awesome Physics Engine: Apple Bin uses the latest and greatest Box2D physics engine to power those cute little apples.
- Intuitive Controls: Launch those apples simply by tapping on the screen. The further from the cannon the harder the shot. Easy right?
- Brain Teasing Puzzles: The puzzles start off nice and easy but they ramp up pretty quickly. Can you get through all 45 levels?
- No In App Purchases (IAP): No virtual golden coins for the kiddies to spend all your hard earned cash on.
When starting Apple Bin, the first thing you’ll see is the average main menu for smartphone games and some apples falling from the sky. Aside from that, you’ve got the Play button, a toggle for sound, social icons, and an information button. Tapping it will bring up a window that says “Thanks for Playing!” and shows some credits.
After clicking the Play button you’re presented with a fairly common level selection screen, arranged in rows and numerical order with the number of stars shown below each level.
The controls are very simple, just tap where you want to fire an apple. The further away you tap, the more force the apple has. Apple Bin itself, however, is not as easy to master as its controls. Keep your wits about you to complete your mission while keeping apple usage to a minimum. Later on, you’ll encounter more obstacles such as giant rocks, portals, the ability to change the gravity and more.
As for the gameplay itself, I don’t have any real complaints. Apple Bin plays very smoothly and is fun and challenging. The only point I’d like to make is that games similar to this one, at least in my personal experience, are a dime a dozen. Each one may have certain aspects that set them apart, but stick to the same basic concept. This isn’t really a problem, I’m just nitpicking.
At the time of writing this there are currently 45 levels on Android and 90 on Windows Phone, giving you plenty of fun trying to get the three stars on each level.
The, what seems to be, one track of music for Apple Bin plays on a loop. It’s not terrible, as you are more focused on playing the game, but can definitely get repetitive.
As for the sounds effects, they range from blips to bloops and an congratulatory noise when completing a level. The majority of the sounds didn’t seem all that special and could have definitely used more work, but I must say I love the monotone “Yayyyyy…” when beating a level. More than once I found myself saying Yayyy.. with it.
All of the art in Apple Bin has a very clean cartoon and hand-drawn look. The apples are somewhat cute with their differently sized and shaped eyes. I almost felt bad sometimes when they became bruised from me launching them into objects.. Almost..
Not everything is cartoon-y though, the apples have some really nice particle effects and a sparkly trail. Overall, the art style is great, all very well done.
Down to the Nitty Gritty
At the end of the day, you’ve really got nothing to lose by downloading Apple Bin. The game is free for Android and Windows Phone, with a pro version on WP if you’d like to support the developer.
With great art, good sound effects, and a decently large number of levels, Apple Bin is fun for all ages and definitely deserves a shot.
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