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Genre: Block Breaker :: Players: 2 :: Released: 08/5/08

Block Breaker Deluxe 2 Review

Developer: Gameloft

Pros

Game Features

Rating/100

Great longevity
Loads of game modes
Better graphics

Cons

No bluetooth
No online score

Sound
Help
Save Option
Highscore
Suspend/Resume
Bus/Tube Friendly
See Compatible Handsets

84

Graphics

82

Sound

75

Controls

83

Playability

88

Lastability

91

Review Details
Handset Nokia N81 8Gb
Time Played 3 hours
Game Progress Completed island challenge

Costas Stephanides’s Review

Review Date: 08/5/08

Far far superior to its predecessor


The original Block Breaker Deluxe is a very old mobile game but still one of Gameloft's current top sellers. For a mobile game to still be successful after three or four years is testament to the quality of the game but also the lack of competition. There have been many Breakout/Arkanoid clones launched in the last few years but somehow BBD still came out on top. The original has just launched on N-Gage and Gameloft haven't forgotten about the average java player and brought BBD2 at the same time.

More about the N-Gage later this week, but I have to say that this java sequel is better than even the N-Gage version. Block Breaker Deluxe 2 is not just a revamp of the original with more levels and better graphics. It comes with some new ideas that really set this apart from the field. Regular mobile gamers may have come across Flexis (if not, here's the review). It's a kind of flexible Tetris where the bricks are loosely bonded together and created something previously unseen in the world of block building. BBD2 uses the same idea in most of its levels. The screen will contain standard stationary bricks but there will also be a set of linked bricks that can all wobble or spin round when one end is hit. This technique has allowed Gameloft to add a slight puzzle element to some of the levels. For example, unreachable areas can only be opened if you manage to spin the concrete bricks into some explosives.

In terms of gameplay, there is plenty to do. The main game is centred on 'The Island'; here is where you play through the 8 stages gaining money and earning upgrades. Each stage ends in a boss battle and some of these are quite innovative and unexpected. Separate to the island are the separate game modes such as Time Attack and Frenzy. Your upgrades should still work in these levels and there is plenty to keep you entertained. They have also included a multiplayer version where two players can play simultaneously on the same handset. One person uses the 1 and 3 keys and the other uses the * and #. It's a nice touch but the N-Gage version has Bluetooth which can't be beat.

On the whole this is a much improved and updated sequel to a four year old game and thankfully we can ditch the recent spate of wooden spoons and give this a solid gold. Fans of the original will surely be impressed and there is enough here to make the competition push the boundaries some more.