Want to try making something mundane a whole lot cooler? Just put it in space. Take folding the laundry, for example. Boring, right? But now, picture yourself folding the laundry... in space. Wow. How about taking out the trash? Meh. Taking out the trash... in... spaaaaacccceeee? Oh yeah. The same applies to standard platform-based flash games. Flash designer Damijin could have called his newest offering "Balls," but no, instead he presents the epic sounding and much more entertaining "Balls in Space". Right on.
Despite its name, Balls in Space is really just a standard, 25-level platformer that could easily have taken place in any setting. It earns its name by having a black, star-filled background and a round, white hero. You play a simple spheroid with eyes determined to get from one door to the next. Standing in your way are various evil-looking squares and other shapes, some of which move around and spit balls at you. Thankfully you can dispatch most villains by jumping on them or throwing ball-like projectiles
Control is standard platforming fare, with the [left] and [right] arrow keys controlling your movement, while [up] makes you jump. Most levels have collectable floating white balls, which can be thrown at opponents with [X]. Despite having no extremities, your ball is quite nimble and can jump off walls. Beyond this, collecting a special ninja powerup grants you the ability to double jump and throw unlimited ninja stars. Many levels also have ladders to climb and pushable buttons that cause different things to happen.
Part of the fun of Balls in Space is in its level design, which is nicely varied. Some levels are very straight-forward, while others throw invisible walls, transparent surfaces, and assorted timing-based challenges your way. There are even a handful of secret levels to find (including a Breakout clone), with achievements earned for your ingenuity. Top it all off with a final old school-style boss at the end for additional retro challenge. None of the levels are especially difficult, making this a pleasant distraction for those of you longing for a taste of classic Mario-style action during your break... in... spaaaaaaaaaccceeeee!