PKT-BALL is an unusual arcade game where players compete in a tennis-like rally to gain new characters and levels.
There are two types of mobile games that I love: quick and easy arcade games and little puzzle stories. I’ve written about a lot of story-based puzzle games lately and now I think it’s time to talk about my favorite arcade game.
Developed by the UK independent game studio, Laser dog, PKT-BALL has been available since 2016.
The game has a very simple premise: you rally against a computer opponent in virtual tennis. The further you go, the better your score, but if you miss the ball twice, the game is over.
There are all kinds of bonuses that can appear randomly on the field, like the one that turns the ball into a fish so it flies through the air at weird intervals or a back panel that acts like extra life.
Controls for PKT-BALL are super intuitive and give the game a necessary injection of skill mastery that hooks players. To move the player character, users slide their finger across the screen. To swing your racquet, simply lift your finger off the screen. It sounds simple, but there is a character physics that adds depth to this control scheme.
The best part about these controls is that the game can be played with just one hand.
There are 42 different characters to unlock in the game. Each comes with their own unique terrain design, ball and musical theme. Characters can be unlocked through the game or by paying $ 0.99 to $ 1.39 CAD, depending on the character design.
To unlock the characters, players must compete against each other until they earn 200 coins. Once they have the bankroll they can go to the claw arcade machine and try to get a new character.
A new mode has recently been added called “Pro Tour”. This mode is a small tournament that players can participate in once every six hours or pay $ 1.39 to remove ads and unlock unlimited games.
The final mode is a two-player match where two humans share a device to play a one-on-one match.
Even without paying for the Pro Tour, this game still offers tons of fun gameplay for free-to-play users. For me, just trying to unlock more characters and beat my high score to keep playing.