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Written by Daniel Westerstal   
Tuesday, 26 July 2005
There are a lot of puzzle games around, but how many mix puzzles with platform games? Not many, but one of them is Bound Around.

In Bound Around you are a tennis ball who is on its way to rescue its parents from evil insects who have kidnapped them. In order to rescue them a lot of puzzles has to be solved. Each puzzle holds the key to a door so that you can continue on to the next level.

I believe that there are a couple of games that has influenced this production. One of them is the Super Mario Bros series; you notice that on the backgrounds and the platform element of the game.

As I mentioned before you are a tennis ball (it’s a pretty weird choice of character but what the heck). As a ball you can obviously only bounce your way forward. So a lot of the game is simply about bouncing, and calculating where the ball will land. Sounds weird but its actually quite fun.

The toughness of the puzzles varies from very easy to very hard. Usually it’s about hitting switches with the ball causing some blocks to disappear so that you can hit another switch, which has a similar effect.

I’ll admit that when it comes to graphics and affects Bound Around needs a makeover. Much of the graphics looks like they were made in Paint, and seems pretty old school. However graphics isn’t everything and they can be worked on for the next version.

Musically the game is quite extraordinary. The soundtrack sounds almost commercial and you might recognize some tunes from old dance hits. Most of the songs really rocks and provides much to the game. Without the soundtrack the game wouldn’t be quite as fun, it proves that music in games is more important than some developers admit.

Bound Around is a really nice puzzle game with some platform elements. It is both suitable for kids and for adults; nothing can kill time like this game.

Developer: Blueskied Games
Website for Game:
Publisher: N/A
O/S: Win 98/ME/XP and Mac OSX
Cost of Full Game: $19.95
Year of Release: 2005

Tested on:
Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon Graphics Card

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