MacBrickout: iPhone Written App Review
Time for a startling confession. Before I fell in love with all things iOS, I was a diehard BlackBerry user. Whew! It feels good to get that off my chest. In the time since I gave up RIM for the fairer, more exciting operating system of the stars, there’s just one thing I could not find a good replacement for: Brick Breaker. Well, no more crying over unbroken bricks, thanks to a savvy mobile version of a Mac favorite app where breaking bricks is just the beginning. It’s called MacBrickout and we are pumped about bringing you this review.
In MacBrickout the goal is to get through all of the app’s 27 levels without running out of lives. Like Brick Breaker, you do this by controlling a paddle at the bottom of the screen and doing your best to keep a ball afloat as it takes out the bricks, or brick-like items, in each level. It starts out simply enough, but quickly this game becomes ridiculously addictive, just like my old favorite. It’s also quite exciting, with boosts, bonuses and negative items falling all the time. You may unlock a catch and release feature, or explode the board with multiples. Or, you could lose airspace or render your paddle completely useless. So, do your homework and be careful!
With so much going on, it does take some time to figure out the best strategy for MacBrickout. Thankfully the developers include a strategy and helpful intro to get you acclimated. Once you’re up and running, it’s a true challenge to go far in this game. And the levels get pretty wild and interesting as you go, with levers, hidden compartments and even a fabulous final level that looks like a control panel.
The MacBrickout iPhone app also integrates with Game Center for top score tracking and a wide array of unlockable achievements. So, there’s plenty here to keep you interested here. This game is an instant classic.
Layout & Design:
While the concept is classic, the bitmap style graphics manage to be retro and modernly amusing and smart at the same time. I dig the bright colors and clear rendering. The high scores screen could use some updating, in my opinion, but otherwise I find MacBrickout delightfully retro and a pure pleasure to play.
The basic version of MacBrickout for iPhone is free to download and enjoy. That being said, the app does prod you to upgrade after every single level you complete. If you like the app, you owe it to yourself to go ahead and spend a few bucks unlocking all the extras, such as musical bricks. But, even without the small investment, this game is going to draw you in and keep you entertained. That’s quite a value.
MacBrickout iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 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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