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Our overall verdict "Excellent"

Some games can be conquered with strategy while others require cat-like reflexes. You’ll need both for Bamba. It’s a game about a unicycle and it’s one of the toughest titles we’ve come across lately.

Bamba only requires one finger to play, but you’ll have to have a whole lot of patience to go along with that nimble digit. The goal of each level is to simply stay on your unicycle for a short period of time – if you can do that, it’s on to the next stage. It’s anything but simple.bambabamba

When a level starts, you’ll find yourself sitting on your unicycle, but as soon as you tap the screen you start moving along with any hazards on the current course. You’ll tap to go forward, tap to stop, and tap again to move backwards in hopes of avoiding everything while staying on your cycles.

The levels of Bamba take place on some crazy contraptions, and most of them have spinning parts of some sort. As you’d expect, things start out fairly simple, but it doesn’t take long before you feel a good rage quit coming on or at least that was the case in my experience — that was on levels 5. The only advice I have is don’t watch the clock, it’s been my demise more often than not.

As for those tricky levels, there are 25 of them although I’ll admit I’m stuck in the second set of levels and it may be ages before I ever get to levels 25. If you’re looking for a game full of achievements and leaderboards, you’ll want to look elsewhere as Bamba is sparse in the extras department. That’s not a bad thing in this case as Bamba just isn’t that type of game.

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Verdict

We’ve seen vehicular games of all kinds over the past few years, but Bamba is our first experience with unicycle game – it’ll probably be your first as well. It’s one of those games that’s easy to pick up and play on a whim, but difficult to put down as you’ll really want to get past the devilish stages. Nobody wants to have an acrobatic unicycle rider get the better of them…

If you’re looking for something a little different and enjoy games that provide a challenge, you’ll definitely want to give Simon Durcroquet’s Bamba a go and you can pick it for $0.99 on Google Play or the App Store. That price is only good for a limited time as part of the launch sale, so you’ll want to act fast if you want Bamba at 50% off.