Billy the Painter looks like an absolute throwback to a generation where TV sets had knobs instead of remote controls, and cartoons were hand-drawn in black and white instead of being generated by computers. If you can recall the earliest black and white animations of Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop, then you’ve got a pretty good idea of the theme that Billy the Painter is set into.
But if you’re thinking that the app is just another entry into the thriving photo/video app market, then you’d be far off. Billy the Painter is a game; a cool game with a unique gameplay concept that may just knock the socks off you if you’d give it a try.
You play Billy, a long-suffering painter with a job to do. As the story goes, old factories are decommissioning their worn-out, dated machinery, and you’re left with an empty floor that needs painting.
But you can’t just slop on the paint and swish it around until the entire floor is covered, oh no. You’re Billy the Painter, and you’re gonna do a good job if it’s the last thing you’ll ever do. You’re gonna paint the surface in a neat and exacting manner, and you’re not going to spill a drop of paint, either. Precision painting is the key here, and the better you are, the more points you’ll be getting.
In the first levels, you’ll get plenty of chances to try out as many strategies as you want to fill the surface with paint in the most precise method possible. But take note; as you move on in the game, more and more requirements will be added to your job description, and later on you will discover that a painter can only make so many mistakes before he’s out of a job.
This is one of those games that are easy to pick up and play, but a headache to master. It helps that the sound and graphics, while following a dated theme, are nonetheless well-designed, allowing the player to momentarily enjoy the rambunctious era of the twenties while tapping the minutes away in a unique game that may be the first of its kind. Billy the Painter deserves a look and a download.