Amazing Stop, available for iPhone and iPad through the Apple iTunes App Store, is a quick fire action/puzzle hybrid that is simple yet addictive. The basic idea behind the game is to get a coloured ball to the end of the course. The ball flies automatically upwards through the vertical levels, and will hit any obstacle it comes across, and the only way you can prevent this is to stop the ball from moving by holding your finger on the screen.
The ball will stop, but the obstacles will continue to move in their set pattern, and you must release the ball at the perfect moment in order to get it through the course. You are free to stop the ball for as long as you like, and for as many times as you like on each course which allows you some breathing space after each level.
This makes the game very accessible to new players, and does allow the developer to create more intense later levels. However, I would like some kind of ‘hardcore’ mode added, which would limit the time spent pressing the screen, forcing players to think tactically and to plan ahead. This could even extend to the online leaderboards, allowing users to be ranked depending on how many times they stopped the ball.
Despite this, the game is still very relaxing and enjoyable, and is perfect for a play when you have a free minute or two. Once you unlock the later stages, with multiple balls and differing directions of travel, things get very hectic.
Here, straight from the developer, are the app’s best features:
Amazing Stop! Is a unique puzzle game with simple and easy, yet challenging controls. The only thing you need to do is tap the screen in order to stop. Dodge the upcoming obstacles and find a way to get to the finish line. Quick thinking, fast reflexes, and a little bit of patience are the keys to success in Amazing Stop! With intuitive stages and gradually increasing difficulty levels you won’t get bored easily.
The game features a minimal design ethos, and for me, looks great. The colours are all nicely done, and look decent on the plain background, and I feel this simplistic theming suits the game well and helps with the shorter play sessions.
There are quite a few levels to play through, with the first batch available for free and subsequent levels requiring a purchase to download. I would like a few more of the levels available for free, but the premium levels are reasonably priced, in my opinion. The addition of Game Center achievements and a leaderboard for total tries per game clear adds a bit of extra content to the game.
Overall, if you are looking for a relaxing, refreshingly simple casual puzzle game to spend some time with, then you could do a lot worse than giving Amazing Stop a try.