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Noybe app review: take out as many balloons as you can



There is a certain set of ingredients that go into any successful app game. It needs to be entertaining of course which generally includes captivating graphics and a soundtrack to match, but it also has to include intuitive and addictive gameplay. This winning combination is much rarer than you may think: there’s a ton of games that simply fall flat. Noybe is an interesting effort that certainly has a lot of these ingredients, although I wasn’t sure of it at first it really grew on me. Noybe’s a creeper that will have you addicted in no time. This is a free app and it’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 

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Balloon Popping Fun

The one thing that all of the most successful App Store games have in common is that they introduced something new. Temple Run gave us some of the most action-packed and innovative endless running action ever, Angry Birds made firing cartoon birds with a slingshot all the rage, and Flappy Birds challenged us to tap our way through obstacles. These games were something different from the standard efforts that had come before them. By this measuring stick Noybe stands up quite well. This game will challenge you to use your devices built in accelerometer like you never have before.  

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There are a couple of disappointing drawbacks to this one though. Unfortunately it does contain ads in the form of banner ads along the bottom of the screen, but there aren’t any pop-ups, which is a big plus. The banner ads are little more than a minor annoyance. Also there aren’t really any instructions in this one. There’s one little explanatory image at the beginning of the app, but that’s it. This app will require 34.5 MB of available space on your iOS device.

How to Play

This is a game that really grows on you: the more you play it the more you’ll want to play it. Noybe is a cute little character that kind of looks like Sponge Bob having a bad hair day, and he just doesn’t like to stay still. Your job is to make sure he doesn’t move so fast that he falls past the popped balloons and off the game board. It’s a lot more difficult than it sounds.

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You control Noybe by tilting your device back and forth. The quicker you tilt the device the quicker he’ll move so be careful or it’s game over. The blue balloons are standard, but there are also question mark balloons that will give you a mystery bonus as well as other bonus tiles that can double or triple your point count. This game has just the right amount of challenge to it, but with practice you will get better. It’s also Game Center compatible so you can see how your best compares to others around the world.



Pros and Cons


  • Cute characters and sound effects
  • Innovative game play utilizes built-in accelerometer
  • Game Center integration


  • Contains ads
  • Minimal instructions

Final Words

If you’re looking for the next big thing in games from the App Store Noybe probably won’t disappoint. This one combines innovative game play, a cute character, and fun sound effects in a winning package. You’ll definitely want to give this one a try.



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Cherry is a hard-working writer and an aspiring web designer who can't go a day without using her favorite apps. She's always on the lookout for new apps and enjoys discovering ones that others have overlooked.