Test Your Balancing Skills with Bucketz – iPad App Review

Bucketz is a fun puzzle game that’s all about balance. In this game, you’ll join a gang of nine unlikely heroes as they quest to restore balance in the world by gathering items, fighting off minions, and defeating bosses.

The game is set up with buckets on ledges. Items fly across the screen, and it’s your job to snag them from the air and drop them into one of the buckets. There’s a catch though – you must keep the buckets balanced at all times or they might just tilt and fall, ending the level.

Bucketz starts with a narrated introduction, so you’ll want to play with sound on or with headphones. The narration is quite funny, as are the Bucketz themselves, quipping about how you’re in 3D “Look at the fingers!” they say.

Some items, like watermelons, are heavier than others, so it takes quite a bit of thought and quick movement to organize items into the right buckets in order to maintain balance. The buckets have a gauge on the bottom that you can watch to make sure things aren’t shifting the wrong way.

If one bucket begins to get heavier than the other, you’ll need to throw objects in the lighter bucket quickly in order to restore balance. Some buckets are smaller than others and can’t accommodate large items, so you’ll need to route big things into big buckets or risk crushing smaller buckets.

You can also toss things upwards, juggling them until you can place them in one of the buckets. You can ignore items without getting a penalty, but you’ll want to grab as many as you can, because more items equates to more points and a higher star count.

There are bonus items that fly by, such as the pocket watch, which slows the gameplay down for five seconds, or the smoke grenade, which fogs up your screen. There’s also the bomb, which, as in Fruit Ninja, ends the game if you touch it. It’s best to avoid the bad items while grabbing the good ones.

After each level, there’s a bonus round where coins fly by on the screen. You’ll want to tap as many of these as possible, because it goes into your bank and can be used to purchase items.

In the shop, you’re able to buy upgrades, which adds bonuses to your game. For example, the horseshoe will ensure that you get more powerups, while the shades will keep the smoke grenades from being as effective.

When you finish the nine levels of each set, you will encounter a boss that must be defeated. Boss fights and regular levels are both a ton of fun to play.

Bucketz is a solid casual game, and with Retina graphics plus achievements and plenty of levels, it’s a must have app this week.

What I liked: This is one of the most entertaining iOS games that I’ve played this week. It’s a bit like Fruit Ninja, but otherwise, it feels unique.

What I didn’t like: Bombs look too much like bowling balls! Other than that, I had zero complaints with this game. It’s fun.

To buy or not to buy: If you’re in the market for something casual, and you’re a fan of Fruit Ninja, I’d definitely recommend Bucketz.

  • App Name: Bucketz
  • Version Reviewed: 1.1
  • Category: Games
  • Developer: Picnic Hippo Studios
  • Price: $1.99
  • Score:

About Juli: Contact me via Twitter: @julipuli