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Posted 24 January 2008 - 08:01 AM

iLounge has posted a new review of Gameloft's Block Breaker Deluxe for Apple's iPod multimedia devices. The game features classic arcade brick bashing action in a variety of jet-set nightlife settings. iLounge gave the game a letter grade of B.

From the review:

So Gameloft added that something in the form of a light role playing game: transition screens tell you that you’re a cool young dude out to win a yacht from a gambling playboy, and the way to get it is to play this Block Breaker game. Just like Vortex and earlier, non-iPod clones of Breakout such as Arkanoid, the standard “break blocks” game is enhanced considerably through multiballs, stronger balls, paddle power-ups such as lasers and width-expanders, and power-downs such as paddle shrinkers and invisible paddles.

The twist is that money and gifts also drop down from broken blocks, boosting your ability to win the yacht and ply the game’s characters with luxury items that will make them tell you level-unlocking passwords. In fact, the game lets so many items appear on screen at once that you’re sometimes challenged just to scoop them all up—it’s not uncommon to have more multiball, shield, or paddle bonuses fall at once than the game can actually process, so collecting more than one sometimes doesn’t help.

We’ll give Block Breaker Deluxe’s incentive system some credit for revitalizing a classic game. In truth, the combination of unlockables—beat 10 stages and a boss to unlock a new level/backdrop, partially beat the levels to reach the big boss, and completely beat the levels to unlock a special level—works well, and the game’s option to use cash to buy items you can’t find in the levels is a smart move. There are also surprises along the way, such as levels where an on-screen slot machine influences the bonuses you earn, and a shop that gets populated with new items from a girl on a jetski. The cartoony art looks dated and second-rate, especially as a contrast with some of the digitized graphics found in Gameloft’s earlier Lost, but it’s not bad, and the music is pretty good.
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