In February, Isoball 2 came out with 50 levels of block building, ball rolling, isometric madness. Now, Candyflame is back with 75 more levels of puzzling goodness in the imaginatively named Isoball 3. I took forward to playing all 825 levels of Isoball 33, guys.
The titular "isoball" is as fragile as your roommate's heirloom glass Christmas bauble. If you knock back too much eggnog and try to set up a high-speed racecourse for either one, things are going to end in degradation and shame, okay people? Learn from me, here. Stick to the game version if you must try it, using your trusty mouse to select various bits of track, from basic ramps and blocks to energy bridges and elevator blocks and construct a course for your little ball to merrily roll around. The poor thing cannot handle even a small sudden drop, and at high speeds even a gradual change in angle may cause spontaneous combustion. And if you don't have enough momentum, the little cabbage just plain tuckers out and quits. Grit your teeth and bear its diva ways and try to guide it into the hole. Complete levels to unlock sandbox levels where you have unlimited pieces, as well as some inexplicable trophies. The "barber trophy," for example, is a square metallic sheep.
Isoball 3 removes the timing levels that were the source of so much complaint from fans in the Isoball 2 comments section. Neither is there any need for mid-level erasing and rebuilding, like there was in the final levels of that game. These are both causes for rejoicing. Game developers need to try new things, but it's a good sign when they recognize that their audience didn't like a change. Isoball 3 really gets back to the basics of what people want in an Isoball game and then provides 75 levels of it. Experienced players might grouse at there being no way to skip over the beginning levels to get to the hard stuff, but that's really the only caveat. I think fans of the series and newcomers alike will find enough to like in these 75 levels to provide procrastination assistance all the way through New Year's. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have things to do. Those ornaments are not going to throw themselves. Hang themselves. Yes. Right.