If you own an Android phone, you absolutely need to get the Amazon App Store. You’re probably thinking, “Why do I need another place to manage applications, won’t that just be annoying and overly complicated?” Every single day, Amazon hand picks one app that is usually a paid app, and for 24 hours, it’s at the highly discounted price of free! Even if you wipe your phone or change handsets completely, you can always redownload the app store and easily retrieve all of your apps. Simply put, there is just no reason you shouldn’t be partaking in this! Just enter your phone number or email address and Amazon will send a link to your phone with the download. Just make sure that before you attempt to install it, you go to all apps/settings/applications, and then check the box for ‘unknown sources’. If you need some more help, Amazon has a full instructional video to help you out. After that’s taken care of, you can be on your way to downloading today’s free app: Roller.
Roller is a beautifully rendered version of a classic arcade game. If you haven’t played skee ball before in your life, you’ve probably been living under a rock. Roller offers both a free (ad-supported) version and a paid version. Roller offers two different game play styles, a decent amount of customization options, and a uniquely designed leaderboard to highlight your high scores. Classic mode is straight skee ball; just fling your thumb up the screen and try to roll the balls into the holes to get the highest score. Adventure mode puts a minor spin on the classic, occasionally highlighting specific score zones for you to hit. If you’re successful, you’ll get some bonus points and a bonus multiplier. Either way you play, you can make it yours with customizable skee balls and tables. Fans of the arcade classic skee ball or the modern classic paper toss would enjoy this game.
There are just enough skins for the table and the skee balls to refine it to just what you like. The two different play styles offer a little flexibility without overcomplicating things or straying too far away from the original game to make it unrecognizable. The graphics aren’t bad, but they aren’t exceptional either, they’re about right on par with what you would expect for a cellphone game. The sound effects are nice, sticking closely to what you would hear in a real arcade; however the overall sound isn’t as perfect as it could be. The high scores are also presented in graph form after each round which is very unique and an awesome way to present them.
A little bit of ambience would be nice to make it feel more like you were really standing in an arcade; instead, the sound effects that are in the game seem to echo in the silence as if you were playing skee ball in a warehouse. Another nit-picky thing is that you have to go into the options to change between game modes. Instead, you should be presented with a pop-up or second option after hitting play that would let you choose which game style you wish to partake in. It’s also recommended that you go into options and bump up the touch sensitivity to maximum before playing to get the best experience.
Trying to hit the 100 score zones can be frustrating. It appears as if it relies more on how the game is feeling than how you’re actually performing. You can start one game and hit a perfect 900, and then hit restart and find yourself just catching the edge of the score zone every time instead. Roller also doesn’t support any Android tablets at this time, although it has been reported to work on Tegra 2. If you own a tablet and are interested, grab it now while its free, or download the ‘lite’ version first to test it.
It’s free! You’d be crazy not to take something that’s free! Worst case scenario, you can delete it if it pains you that much to keep it, but after trying it just once, it’s guaranteed you’ll be addicted! Pick a table skin, a skee ball, a play style, and you’ll be on your way to lots of entertainment. Unfortunately though, there are no tickets or prizes.
Roller was created by Camel Games and is Amazon’s free app of the day for 4/25/11. It typically sells for $.99