Pterosaur Design Launches Doppler Ball: A New Action Arcade Game for iOS

July 14, 2016 in Games (E)

[] Washington, District Of Columbia - Pterosaur Design today is pleased to announce the release of Doppler Ball 1.0, a new retro-style, action arcade game available exclusively on the iOS platform. A modern interpretation of classic paddle-style games from the 1970s and 80s, Doppler Ball challenges the player to use a humming, hyperactive ball to knock down blocks and clear levels. The game features immersive, 3D sound and visual effects that simulates what a game of squash or racquetball might look like if the game ball were moving at close to the speed of light.

Game play takes place within a series of three-dimensional tunnels of various geometric shapes containing blocks arranged in increasingly complex patterns. By dragging a finger across the screen, the player must position a semi-transparent paddle in order to prevent the game ball from bouncing out of the tunnel. The goal of the game is to eliminate all of the blocks in a level before running out of balls. Most blocks simply explode when hit by the ball, giving the player points, but some blocks confer advantages or disadvantages such as a larger or smaller paddle. Because the direction the ball bounces depends, in part, on the motion of the paddle when it connects with the ball, experienced players can effectively direct the ball toward power-ups and away from penalty blocks.

Doppler Ball gets its name from the "Doppler effect" which describes the fact that the frequency of light or sound emitted from an object depends on the object's velocity relative to an observer. The Doppler effect explains why the pitch of a train whistle grows higher as a speeding train approaches and then drops once the train passes by, Using a sophisticated physics engine and spatial audio processing, Doppler Ball simulates this effect by adjusting the color and pitch of the game ball as it moves towards or away from the player. The result is a highly immersive environment that conveys important visual and audio cues to the player about the position and speed of the ball.

Doppler Ball is distributed using a shareware model. It is free to download from the iOS App Store in all territories. The "Classic" game, which includes four levels and one type of power-up, is fully playable, add free, and should provide players with hours of entertainment. For players interested in an additional challenge, the "Excel" game can be unlocked with a one-time, in-app purchase of $0.99 (or equivalent local currency). The Excel game includes eighteen unique and highly replayable levels and a variety of power-up and penalty blocks that affect the speed of the ball, the size of the paddle, and scoring.

Doppler Ball supports Apple Game Center, allowing players worldwide to compare score rankings, unlock achievements, and challenge one another to accomplish in-game goals.

Coming Soon:
Doppler Ball for Apple TV promises to turn the living room into a virtual racquetball court. Employing the same great physics engine and game mechanics as the iOS game, Doppler Ball for Apple TV will feature head-to-head multiplayer game play using the Siri remote's motion-tracking capabilities.

Device Requirements:
* Excellent user experience on the iPhone 5 and above and all recent-model iPads
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 9.0 or later (or 10.0 beta)
* Universal Application
* 13.7 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Doppler Ball 1.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

Pterosaur Design is an independent iOS app development studio in Washington, DC. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2016 Pterosaur Design. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.


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