Circle Stop



    Circle Stop's review

    Published: 2014-03-10, by .

    Precision tapping attractive minimalist graphics/audio = addictive like amphetamines

    • Addictive as all-get-out
    • Varying color/music modes keep things fresh
    • Slick minimalist graphics
    • Zen-like simplicity
    • Absolutely pointless. But, then, you're playing games on a mobile device. Why are we here? Where are we going? When's lunch?

    "Round and round she goes, and where she stops nobody knows"

    "But Janel," they'll say, "how can you slam Flappy Bird and yet laud another game that functions on a strikingly similar precision tapping mechanic?" And, sipping my appletini with pinky extended, I'll cooly repart, "Because this one has funky colors and nice noises." Twenty Percent's Circle Stop pulls no stops, has no feathers. It's nothing more than what it presents itself as being: an attractive, minimalist game of reflexes, and within that simplicity lies casual gaming perfection.

    The spinning dot proceeds ever round the circle, at times clockwise and others counter according to whim. At the precise moment it coincides with the colored dots, tap the screen for a pleasingly colorful explosion. Miss the mark and jaggedly sour lines of failure radiate from the projectile. Miss thrice and you're through. Couldn't be simpler.

    Switch up the experience with varying dot color schemes that correspond to tracks composed specifically for the Circle Stop experience. Sounds inconsequential, perhaps, but honestly playing in Day mode manages to project an ambiance of relaxation whereas Party gets your boogie hackles raised in an instant.

    Google Play-powered leaderboards let you compare tappery skills between friends, Romans, and/or countrymen.

    I feel slightly guilty for enjoying Circle Stop as much as I do, possibly akin to some folks' fixation on Nutter Butters and the like. No matter. It's a groovy little hipster game of skill, and you know you're gonna love it too.

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    by Janel , Appszoom

    Mar 10, 2014


    "Get it."
    — Stephen Totilo, Kotaku

    — Jamin Warren, Killscreen

    “I just made cool noises happen!”
    — Peter Berkman, Anamanaguchi

    “This game is addictive as hell.”
    — Eric Blattberg, VentureBeat

    Circle Stop is an addictingly simple one-button game for touch devices, from New York City's newest two person indie game studio Up at Night.

    As the spinner goes round and round, tap anywhere to stop it. Hit anywhere on the target to score points. Hit the bullseye for even more points. Miss the target and get a strike; three strikes and you're out! But no matter what happens, there will be explosions of colors!

    Complete with leaderboards so you can challenge your friends!

    Featuring original audio by NICHOLÀS BENEDEK & FRIENDLY GHOST.

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