IQ Ball is a physics puzzle game that can be summed up in one word: "cute." Use your mouse to extend a grappling hook and drag (or perhaps fling) your character across the screen. You can only attach to certain types of materials, though, and for some reason, metal isn't conducive to puzzle solving. Try to get your little purple head to the target—or bring the target to you—in as few clicks as possible. Doing so will raise your "IQ score" negligibly. But who cares? As with most puzzles, the real reward is in the "Ah-hah!" moment when you traverse the terrain and reach the goal.
What sets IQ ball apart from other games is the level design. While the central grapple mechanic draws heavily on other games like Feed Me or Sling, the ideas on display lend to a sense of genuine creativity. Each level must be solved in truly different ways using concepts unique to each level. One level has you finagle a seesaw; another requires you to stop a train; still another presents you with about 20 targets and requires you to sling yourself around trying to figure out which one is correct. I went into the game expecting another run-of-the-mill grappling game, but was surprised by its ingenuity in a genre that has produced games based around frustrating physics and mediocre ideas.
Just try not to get too overwhelmed by IQ Ball's cutesy graphics and upbeat soundtrack. It's all rather deliciously saccharine, like fried ice cream or Skittles dipped in sugar. The titular IQ score is goofy and superfluous and the whole experience only lasts for about 20 minutes, but the level variety combined with decent physics makes the whole experience enjoyable. IQ Ball is a fun little puzzler that will leave a smile on your face.