Hey, I could come up with a worse title. Beciders, I could start making awful puns…
Freelance programmer Daniel Spruce, published on the Windows Phone Store as Escape Development, is the man behind Apple Bin. It’s his most-downloaded and most-reviewed game in the Store, so it’s obviously worth the appeeling (No more!) starting price of free for the trial, alongside the $0.99 full price to both support the developer and get rid of advertisements.
The game is a simple physics shooter, but don’t think Angry Birds v9004 so fast. The goal is to get a single apple into a yellow trash bin on screen. Your launcher is locked into position, and you control the direction and power of the launch with the location from and around the cannon.
Obstacles vary from simple walls to movable objects, destructible walls to bouncy ones, and portal-jumping to gravity-switching. There are currently 90 levels to breeze, or struggle, through. A few levels can be accomplished with a single shot, but others take some serious planning before you rush to hit a button that flips a gate open or flips gravity upside-down. Being about halfway done with the levels so far, I promise that at least a couple will be left to be solved another day.
Even if you complete all the levels, the biggest defining difference between this and most other strategy shooters is that you have infinite ammo; you’re left with the challenge of minimizing the number of apples you fire before making a shot. So, after the first time you play through by spamming a trench with hundreds of apples trying to force your way through with blind physics, you can go back and try to reduce that number to at most 75. In other words, even if apple-spam works, there’s a way to beat the levels you’ve already beaten.
Conclusion: Buy, Try, or Cry?
If you’re hunting for another arcade game to add to your library, of course Apple Bin gets the buy bump from me. It isn’t simply another Angry Birds wannabe in that the strategy gets a solid changeup and, as a result, there is plenty of competitive and replay value. Plus, you can always stick with the trial, but somebody’s gotta give some love to the indie folks who are making good-quality games for the Windows Phone platform. Enjoy this game which is definitely “not in any way related to any technology companies with massive legal departments.”
[via Escape Development]