Balloon 27 (B27) is a new, interactive independent game developer launching their debut game, Hill Bill, available for iOS and Android. Hill Bill is a motorcycle jumping game where the player focuses on building up stunts to gain more points for each level. Boasting a very polished style, Hill Bill promises a lot from B27.
Following the life of Hillbilly Bill he aspires to be like his hero Evel Knievel, so he decides to build his own stunt track. Pretty sweet, right? Each world has its own distinct location with very colourful, bright and distinctive attributes. It’s impressive to see a game with such high quality graphics as a debut for B27.
Unfortunately, the gameplay isn’t as intuitive as we’ve come to expect from most gaming apps. There’s a button to press for your character to go, and the screen needs to be swiped in order to perform the actual stunts. This does mean you need to play with two hands, which isn’t such a terrible thing. The implementation of the swiping, however, is very stringent, often making it difficult to get the game to respond or perform as quickly as you need it to.
The soundtrack can get a little repetitive and in your face, making me think an ambient track would have been a bit nice. Maybe hear a few chickens, the rev of your engine, someone shooting a glass in the background, to really give you the feel of the world instead of being an in-your-face hillbilly experience. I suppose that is where the charm of the game either wins you over or loses you. B27 have tried to make Hill Bill as cheeky and cute as possible, and it succeeds in doing so quite overtly.
- Very polished and bright art style
- Detailed and large array of levels to discover
- An impressive idea.
- Gameplay is clunky and can lag at times
- Load screens at times take too long
- Soundtrack is too repetitive for what it is and can get a little annoying.
B27 have three more games to be released before the end of 2013. They state that through gaming, they want to unite the world. They don’t want to be focused on location or time zone; rather they simply want to continue their passion for creating games. “Just as the seven colours form a beautiful rainbow, we are channeling the seven rays of light through our creative content” B27 state about themselves on their website. They certainly have the formula for a great indie game company; I hope their future releases look just as polished and play even better.
Written by Yiánna Paris