I have always enjoyed Skee-Ball and when I saw this App I thought it would be fun to play. I noticed that there is a free version and a paid version. I decided to try the free version first to see how I liked it. I noticed from reading the reviews at the App Store that people were complaining because the free version had ads that got in the way of the game action. So when you go to roll the ball you hit the ads. I decided to load the app on my iPad and my iPhone to see if it would be an issue on the smaller iPhone screen. I did not find the ads to be an issue on either device.
Downloading the App
I had no issues downloading the free app on either my iPhone or my iPad. The iPhone downloaded a little faster. Both Devices opened up the App just fine.
Ads on the Free Version
I nearly paid for the paid version because of comments about the ads getting in the way. I am so glad I decided to first try the free version first. Ads are located on the top of the screen when you are throwing the ball. Unless you swipe your finger all the way to the top of the screen there is no way you will hit the ads by accident.
When you are between games the ads switch to the bottom, but then you are clicking buttons in the middle of the screen so I do not understand what people are complaining about.
I also noticed that overall the Free version had higher ratings. I am guessing if I paid for something I would be a little more irritated if anything went wrong.
iPad vs iPhone Version
I love that they have a special version for my iPad. Some games have you just stretch the games to fit the iPad, but this game has a separate version for both. The iPad version and the iPhone version look exactly the same and both are clear and ads are placed in the same places. It can be a little more fun on the iPad because of the tilt feature. I find that since I hold the iPad in two hands to tilt that it is more fun to play.
Playing the Game
The concept is the same as Skee-Ball in the Arcade except that you can add spin to the ball by tilting the iPhone or iPad to the side. You use your finger or a stylus to swipe the screen. This action rolls the ball and hopefully you score some points by getting it in one of the holes. Different holes have different point values.
Balls: Each game gives you 9 balls. Sometimes one of the holes will light up and if you get it in you get extra points. As you play you get points and when the game is over it gives you a certain amount of tickets. When you finish a game you can either press done or more. If you press more you can keep playing more games until you press done.
The Scoreboard: The scoreboard is pretty neat looking and your score will flash up at the top just like a real game. You will see your score at the top and how many balls you have on the bottom along with any kind of multiplier that is going at the time.
Sounds and Graphics: the Game has some fun sounds. You can hear the ball rolling and if you get points you are awarded with not only tickets but a variety of fun sounds and graphics.
Tickets: If you play the game for a long time or play well you will start to accumulate tickets. You seem to get at least one ticket per game so perhaps you could just play fast if you wanted to collect tickets. You can turn in tickets for prizes, some of which can change the look of your game.
You can just play the game for tickets, but if you want to get more faster you can buy them with real dollars, or complete tasks like doing a survey or signing up for something. Frankly I am not seeing the value in the prizes so I can not imagine buying anything on this game.
Prizes: If you hit redeem it will take you to a screen that will show you available prizes and if you click on them it will tell you if you have enough to get the prize or not. Different prizes will enhance the game or change the look.
Loot: If you want to see all your prizes you can press loot. Some of them are just there to admire, but the ones that affect the game you can turn on or off. You may only be able to use one at a time for some prizes. Some prizes will change the look of the ball or the game. I have not been playing the game for a long time so perhaps there are some more valuable prizes.
Final Thoughts and Rating
Skee-Ball is a fun game that I would suggest buying in the free version but play it for awhile before deciding if you really want to plunk down the 99 cents for the iPhone version or the $2.99 for the iPad version. I did not feel that the ads were that bothersome and do not see the value in paying to remove them.
This is the sort of a game that I would play for a few minutes at a time but not every day. It is a fun game though and I will keep it on my iPad and my iPhone
As for rating I think if I was rating the paid version I would only give it 3 stars but for the free version it deserves 4 stars since it is fun and everything works great. Plus it’s free!