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Love Balls is a smartphone hit (and it’s totally safe for work)

Well, it was safe until I started drawing weird shapes

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This article originally appeared on ABACUS

I like games featuring balls.

I didn’t realize that until one of my colleagues pointed out that the most recent game I played was called Love Balls. My favorite game ever is Katamari Damacy, which involves rolling an inexplicably sticky ball around magical landscapes to collect objects, animals and humans.
The more I think about it, the more evidence I found. One of the best games I’ve played on the Nintendo Switch is Super Bomberman R (Bomberman’s hands! His head gear! And ALL THE BOMBS!). My all-time favorite arcade game is Taiko no Tatsujin which has a… round-shaped drum? OK, that might be a stretch, but still.

(On the other hand, I'm really bad at football or basketball or… handball… so I suppose there’s a limit to my love of ball games.)

Still, it’s only appropriate that my first Twitch stream would feature Love Balls -- an apparently Chinese mobile game that’s doing really well around the world.

My task was to reunite two lovesick balls using the power of... physics!

It didn’t seem that hard… at first.

So I tried to spice things up a little.

Still, my colleagues weren’t convinced this is a good game… until we stumbled into a whole new dimension!

It was finally getting exciting -- but that also meant we had to start using our brains. Can you solve this?

Or this?

We were really struggling with this one. But my colleague Esther managed to solve it by accident with her incredible mastery of classic mechanics and Newtonian gravitation. (Or maybe it’s her ability to draw random stuff without thinking too deeply.)

Watch the full session here, and please follow us on Twitch!


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