April 17, 2017 7:00 PM | Joel Couture
Your hacky sack skill are wasted in the quad. It's time to get serious about bouncing stuff and start collecting stickers for a little kid named Zack instead, doing so by bouncing balls with unique properties in HackyZack, a puzzle platformer about keeping your ball in the air by any means possible.
HackyZack is all about keeping the ball from touching the ground. You just need to hit it to keep it bouncing, but some of the arenas you have to do it in are less than intact. Pits, floating platforms, breakable floors, and lots of other hazards and layouts make bouncing the ball interesting, forcing you to wall jump and rush around, doing anything you can to help Zack get those precious, precious stickers. And, you know, keep him alive, since he's too busy watching the balls to keep himself from falling to his death.
The balls provide some trouble, though, each having weird properties, like controlling another ball at the same time or falling slowly, so you'll need to take that into account.You'll also be unlocking harder optional stages with that sticker collecting, giving yourself some real challenges on top of the game's basic hundred levels. Luckily, if you get sick of Zack, he's got some cute, silly friends you can play ball with instead, as HackyZack has a handful of extra characters, too.
So, if you're tired of booting a beanbag around campus and want to do some real good, go grab this game and help kids collect stickers.