Dunky Dough Ball is a challenging arcade game that has you bouncing a dough ball around a maze of obstacles, collecting coins and eventually landing safely in a dipping bowl.
Dunky Dough Ball is available for low memory Windows Phones and as is, not a bad time waster of a game. However, it may drive you a little crazy while to get the hang of the gaming controls. The Windows Phone game has potential with decent graphics and challenging game play but the game just seems to be missing that one feature to get you hooked.
The main menu for Dunky Dough Ball cuts to the chase with options to jump into game play, a link to the developer's website and to the About screen. Game play with Dunky Dough Ball is level based with 80 levels to tackle that are spread out across four chapters.
Across the top of the gaming chapter's page you will find links to the gaming store, options to unlock additional bouncy dough balls and your dough ball/coin count. The gaming store offers options to buy more bouncy balls, unlock free bouncy balls (liking the game on Facebook, following on Twitter, etc.) and the option to unlock bouncy dough ball styles.
The back story for Dunky Dough Ball has you trying to escape the clutches of an Evil Chef and bounce Dunky (that would be the dough ball) across a world filled with hot lava, deadly buzz saws, dragons and other dangers to ultimately reach the safety of the dipping bowl.
You will begin your quest with a tutorial level that covers the very basics of game play.
Controlling Dunky is done by tapping the left or right side of the gaming screen. Tap left and Dunky bounces left, tap right and he bounces right. If you tap and hold, Dunky puts a little pep behind his bounce. It will take you a little time to master the controls and I often found Dunky bouncing around with too much zip. My only nit with the control design is that at times I would tap far enough on the left side of the screen to activate my Windows Phone Notification Center. It's not a deal breaker, but rather something to be careful with.
While there are no controls to bounce Dunky, there are blue springy bricks and moving platforms to help Dunky with his vertical reach. Just bounce Dunky a few times on a blue brick and he'll be knocking his head on the top of the gaming screen in no time.
With each level, the goal is to collect all the coins that are scattered about the gaming screen and safely land in a dipping bowl. Along with the dangers placed throughout the game, there are blue springy pads and elevators that will help Dunky get higher.
Some of the levels take on a slight puzzle feel with obstacles that have to be moved into place to allow Dunky to bounce across the hot lava and keys that have to be collected to unlock the dipping bowl.
Each game of Dunky will cost you a dough ball if you don't collect all the coins but the games starts you off with 60 dough balls and there's plenty of opportunities for free dough balls throughout the game. Should you fall short on your luck, you can always pick up a few dough balls through in-app purchase.
Dunky Dough Ball is a casual arcade game that I cannot help but feel is an acquired taste. It's not a terrible game but it seems to lack that universal appeal or key feature that keeps you pulled into the game.
Gaming controls may drive you nuts for the first few levels and don't be shocked if you send Dunky bouncy all over the place like a superball until you get a feel for tapping the sides of the screen just right.
The game does a good job covering the basics with decent graphics and game challenges. It will grow on you ever so slightly but I just could not shake the feeling it needed a little more. Maybe more animation in the characters, bonus items or having more Dunky styles to choose from out of the gate would help give the game a little more draw. Overall, the game has potential but I believe some may find Dunky Dough Balls a little lacking.
At last check, the Windows Phone game is pulling down a 5 star rating, which may be one star, maybe one and a half stars, too high. If your try Dunky Dough Ball, let us know in the comments what you think of the game. Dunky Dough Ball is a free gaming title in the Windows Phone Store with in-app purchase opportunities.
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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.