Lost Paddle (iPhone) Game Review: Fantastic 8-Bit Action

Not everyday I get an iOS game that comes in and remind me about the bit Generations games on the GameBoy Advance. Those games were pieces of 8-bit art and Robot Big’s Lost Paddle for the iPhone kinda pays homage to that. The game is a pretty simple one, players take control of a paddle to hit falling blocks back to where they came from.

This sounds simple but Lost Paddle plays like a shmup that makes you tag every single enemy ship. There’s a pretty nice effect each time a block gets past the paddle, and depending on the game mode, players may have a limit to how many blocks they can let past. The survival mode adds another layer of difficulty with the existence of black blocks, which upon contact is GAME OVER for the player.

Practice mode on the other hand allows users to test themselves against the frantic pace over a course of time. How the player fared will be shown in the main menu in form of a percentage. To add to the plethora of single player modes, there’s a 2 player duel option and OpenFeint integration. Another aspect of the game that impressed me (aside from the graphics and simple gameplay) was the chip-tune soundtrack. Very refreshing compared to that of the bit Generation games.

Nine Over Ten 9/10 rates Lost Paddle at a 4.5 over 5 for being simply an 8-bit blast! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Lost Paddle is available on the iTunes App Store for just USD 0.99. Check it out over here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lost-paddle/id423253379?mt=8. A review code was provided by Robot Big to Nine Over Ten 9/10 for the purpose of this review.

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