Doppler Ball is a new retro-style, action arcade game available exclusively on the iOS platform. A modern interpretation of classic paddle-style games from the 1970s and 80s, Doppler Ball challenges the player to use a humming, hyperactive ball to knock down blocks and clear levels. Along the way, the player must activate a variety of power-ups while avoiding tricky penalty blocks. Play takes place within a series of three-dimensional tubes of various shapes containing blocks arranged in increasingly complex patterns.
Doppler Ball gets its name from the “Doppler effect” – the name given to the fact that the frequency of light or sound emitted from an object depends on its relative velocity (think about train whistles). Using a sophisticated physics engine and spatial audio processing, the game simulates this effect by adjusting the color and pitch of the ball as it moves towards or away from the player.
Doppler ball is distributed using a shareware model. It is free to download from the iOS App Store. The “Classic” game, which includes four levels and one type of power-up, is fully playable and should provide players with hours of entertainment. For players interested in an additional challenge, the “Excel” game can be unlocked with a one-time, in-app purchase. The Excel game includes eighteen unique and highly replayable levels and a variety of fun power-up and penalty blocks.
Doppler Ball for iOS features:
- Immersive, 3-D audio effects sound great with headphone
- Universal app looks great, plays great, on all sizes of iPhones and iPads
- Supports Apple Game Center leaderboards, challenges and achievements
- Compelling EDM soundtrack
- No adds, ever
Doppler Ball requires iOS 9.0 or above and is optimized to run on the iPhone 5 and above and all recent-model iPads.
Coming soon: Doppler Ball for Apple TV promises to turn the living room into a virtual racquetball court. Employing the same great physics engine and game mechanics as the iOS game, Doppler Ball for Apple TV will feature head-to-head multiplayer gameplay using the Siri remote’s motion-tracking capabilities.
Pterosaur Design is an independent app development studio located in Washington, DC.
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