Have a Blast Smashing Blocks with NewPark Blockers HD

Reviewed By: Phil Charlton

NewPark Blockers HD - 46 To Shinjuku Medialab, S.L.

Price: $.99
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Enjoy non-stop iPhone brick smashing and blasting action with NewPark Blockers HD, based on the original classics Breakout and Super Breakout.

There appear to be lots of classic arcade and console games making an appearance on the iPhone lately but there will always be a special place reserved for a game like this. NewPark Blockers HD is as true to the original classic Super Breakout as you can get with a variety of levels each gradually increasing in difficulty and lots of powerups to ease the frustration that may ensue on the later levels.

Game Design:

The idea is quite simple; utilize the pad at the bottom of the screen to bounce a ball (or many balls!) to smash the various blocks further up the screen and avoid letting the ball (or balls) from getting past your pad at the bottom. This is far from an original game in any format, but then this is not always an important factor these days as long as the game is fun and well designed. Even though it doesn’t stray too far from Super Breakout in the overall format it does offer some great level design that will in some cases require the use of the various powerups that fall throughout the levels.

On that note, there are many fun powerups to use in the NewPark Blockers HD iPhone and iPad brick smashing game, including multiball, which splits your ball into three separate balls, pad extender to make your pad bigger, lasers to allow you to blast away those bricks and of course the super ball that smashes through everything in its path.

Entertainment value:

This game could be seen by many as one of stream of generic brick smashing games that are currently doing their rounds on the iPhone and iPad but on closer inspection the great and well thought out level designs and the connection to the Game Center will give added appeal to the overall playing of the game. With 48 levels split into 3 different worlds users will find the rising difficulty of each level will help to hold their interest for quite some time.

Overall

This iPhone game, also available on the iPad, really does stay true to the original versions and for some this may make the game a little samey when considering the vast swathe of similar games that are out there. I, however, like to think that every one of these types of games brings something new to table and in the case of this game it is the well designed levels that push you that little bit further with each level.

The latest update, version 1.1 offers HD space optimization and an added Facebook element.

NewPark Blockers HD [ iTunes Link ] requires iOS 3.1.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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