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Bottom Out app review: bounce your way to the top



Bottom Out is a simple little game developed by Andrew Zappavigna that challenges your dexterity. It’s not difficult to get the hang of this one but it is difficult to master.  The touch sensitive screen in your iOS device is ideal for this type of simple game and this game really takes advantage of these built-in features. The fact that the game can be hard to master isn’t a major issue as any good game should be a little challenging; after all, who wants to master a game in a day? That takes all the fun out of it. Bottom Out is a free app and it’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Keep That Ball Bouncing

Touch screen devices have created a revolution in gaming, and gone are the days when physical controllers were the only way to play a good video game. Being a little old school I still love the feel of an old fashioned joystick, but the problem with those is that there was always a tendency to push on them just a little too hard and before you knew it you had to run out and buy a new one. Games like Bottom Up rely complete on your devices touch screen to control the gameplay – all you need is a couple of thumbs and your off and running.

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This game has the potential to be a great little time waster, but unfortunately it’s so full of ads you’re bound to get a little frustrated and give up before too long. There are banner ads along the bottom, and you’re going to have to deal with full paged pop-up ads after every third or fourth game that you can’t close until the ad runs its course. You can remove these ads with an in-app purchase of $2.29. Bottom Out app will require 6.6 MB of available space on your iOS device.

The Essentials

The main screen of Bottom Out features a simple red and black motif with a few simple options available to you. There’s the standard button for sharing the game with your friends if you think it’s worth it, there’s a link to review he game in the App Store, a link to go to the App Store and remove the ads, and of course there’s a link to start playing the actual game. There’s nothing complicated here, just the essentials.

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Playing the actual game is easy to get the hang of. You control a little black ball that’s constantly fighting against the draw of gravity, and your objective is to stop it from falling off the bottom of the screen. To do this you have two simple controls: to move the ball to the left you tap on the left-hand side of the device, and to move it to the right you tap on the right-hand side. The idea is to bounce the ball of the falling platforms scrolling down the screen on either side in an effort to keep the ball bouncing higher and higher: it sounds easy, but it’s not. If it wasn’t for the constant popup ads this one would actually be quite fun.

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Pros and Cons


  • Simple, basic user interface
  • Easy to learn
  • Challenging game play
  • Includes the ability to share the game with friends


  • Full of ads
  • Includes in-app purchase to remove ads

Final Words

Bottom Up has the potential to be a very popular game if the ads weren’t so pervasive in this one. The gameplay is simple and fun, it’s just hard to get past this. If you don’t mind dealing with the ads you may 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.