Review: Break Classic by Bootant

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This review originally appeared within iLounge’s iOS Gems series within the compilation article, iPhone Gems: Big-Named Games & Inspirational Apps. Additional details may be found in the original article.

Review: Break Classic by Bootant

Break Classic

We only half understand iPod and iPhone game designers’ obsession with Breakout. Yes, it’s a classic arcade game. Yes, Steve Jobs worked on it way back when as an employee of Atari. And yes, a version of it was hidden in early iPods as an example of the device’s gaming potential, then formally added as a game to subsequent versions of the device. But seriously, does the world really need another Breakout game?


Review: Break Classic by Bootant

Apart from Taito’s Arkanoid, which we think did a great job of evolving the formula, we might have said no, but we actually enjoyed playing Break Classic ($3) by Bootant. It is unashamedly Breakout in a classic form—you have a stick-shaped paddle at the bottom of a well, reflecting back a ball to smash bricks at the top of the screen—but the combination of translucent 3-D blocks, frequent multi-balls, and interesting, changing backgrounds and patterns keep the game interesting from level to level. At least in the version we played, you can’t get lasers, paddle-wideners, or other power ups a la Arkanoid and Apple’s similar iPod follow-up Vortex, but items drop down from the blocks for bonus points, providing an incentive to move away from the obvious trajectory of each incoming ball.

 

Review: Break Classic by Bootant

What we really liked about Break Classic was the $3 price. As a visually improved update of a very old game, Break Classic doesn’t seem like it’s worth $5 or $10, but this waypoint seemed fair to us—enough to compensate the developer for his effort but not a ransom. We look forward to seeing how Break Classic evolves with continued point releases, as the developer keeps adding new levels and other tweaks to improve the title. iLounge Rating: B+.

Our Rating

B+
Recommended

Company and Price

Company: Electronic Arts

Website: www.bootant.com

Title: Breaks Classic

Price: $3

Compatible: iPhones, iPod touches

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Jeremy Horwitz

Jeremy Horwitz was the Editor-in-Chief at iLounge. He has written over 5,000 articles and reviews for the website and is one of the most respected members of the Apple media. Horwitz has been following Apple since the release of the original iPod in 2001. He was one of the first reviewers to receive a pre-release unit of the device, and his review helped put iLounge on the map as a go-to source for Apple news.