Independent game developer Grubby Games has published its second title,
Fizzball, an entertaining mix of the arcade classic Breakout, with a dose of the PlayStation 2 hit Katamari Damacy thrown in for good measure. You can download a demo now — registering the game costs you $19.95.
Fizzball stars the mascot of Grubby’s first game, Professor Fizzwizzle. He mans a railroad car that sports the Fizzball, a bubble-like device that safely captures endangered animals that live on one of several islands. By projecting the Fizzball from his vehicle he can capture them; the Fizzball grows as it captures more animals (you’ll start out with small fare like butterflies and birds, and as the diameter of the Fizzball expands, eventually you’ll be able to capture horses, penguins and other creatures).
You’ve got to make sure to reflect the Fizzball as it bounces around the screen; occasionally it’ll hit crates or barrels that contain special powerups like magnetic attractors, point bonus multipliers and other goodies.
The full game features 180 levels, 40 bonus levels, 60 different animal species, a special “kids’ mode” with more forgiving gameplay and more.
System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.2 or later, 400MHz PowerPC or Intel-based Mac, 128MB RAM and 35MB hard disk drive space.