Martin Jonasson is no stranger to casual games. For fifteen years in the game development business, he made a number of titles that are fun and satisfying to play when you need to rest your mind from work or fill in the time. Under his studio Grapefrukt, Jonasson created games like Twofold Inc. and Rymdkapsel, with the newest Holedown available for $3.99 at Apple Store and Google Play.
Unlike some puzzle and strategy games Jonasson worked on before, Holedown is more user-friendly in its casualness. The game is a pure joy to play which will make it impossible to pause although it will take you only an hour to finish it all so there is no cause for alarm.
The goal of the game is to dig as deep as you can to the core of a planet by destroying blocks with balls you can shoot. Every block has a number on it which specifies the number of hits it can take before being destroyed. The game is very easy at the beginning and you can consider that part as a warm-up or small tutorial to get used to the gameplay. However, as you progress and unlock more upgrades and abilities so will the game become harder and soon enough your screen will be full of balls bouncing around.
Holedown doesn’t use a new concept, but the similar one you probably had a chance to play in Ballz or even Break Breaker, for example. But, the game is refreshing in the enormous offer of games you will need more than just a ride to work or queue in line to play. It still requires some level of strategy, but nothing that will tire you down and make you quit and choose something else to pass the time.
Mind you, this is an addictive game, and you will probably stay glued to your phone and turn into a persistent planet digger. Nonetheless, it will relax you while it lasts and that is a reason enough to install this gem. After you finish the game, you can decide to leave it at that, play it once more or try a challenge at the end that will allow you to see how far you can really go.
In the end, Holedown will win you over with its hypnotizing display of balls hitting bricks and lowering their numbers. Not to mention that whenever you have to spend time waiting for someone or something, this is a perfect game to help you get through it without stress and even more comfortable.