Block Breaker 3 Unlimited Review

Block Breaker 3 Unlimited Review

Sep 19, 2011

The classic ball & paddle game sure has come a long way since Tennis for Two, evolving into Pong and other games such as Breakout and Arkanoid. As those games pass ever further into history, new games crop up that take the classic gameplay and add new features. Just simply breaking blocks is no longer enough to make a game interesting. As Block Breaker 3 Unlimited reveals, sometimes you can teach an old dog new tricks.

More like Arkanoid than Breakout, Block Breaker 3 Unlimited has you breaking blocks arranged in patterns while enemy creatures float about the stage, grabbing the ball and firing it back at you. Meanwhile, certain blocks drop power-ups that can either help, or hurt, your efforts to break all of the blocks. So far, none of that is new. However, as you play through each level, the game begins to take on more of its own identity.

One thing that makes Block Breaker 3 Unlimited unique is that each level is arranged in multiple spaces connected by tubes. When you’ve met a certain condition in one space, a gate opens to give the ball access to a tube which pulls it into another space. Suddenly, you have new creatures to battle, more blocks to break and more power-ups to catch. But the challenge also increases as you still have the same, limited number of lives.

As a timer counts down, you’re helpless to go back and pick off the blocks you missed in previous areas. From there on out, you have no choice but to continue on as you try to survive while striving towards a 3-star rating at the end of each level. You’re also looking to take as many balls with you to raise a score multiplier, either by catching a “triple ball” power-up or by locking balls in holding slots and getting to the end. All of this is setting you up for another unique feature: boss fights.

The levels are arranged in groups called “locations.” For example, the first location is a “club” setting with a very Lady Gaga-esque character (complete with background music which, much to my chagrin, sounds like a take on one of Lady Gaga’s “hits”) who taunts you and belittles you when you fail to pass a level. Defeat her boss, earn a special new perk and move on to the next location. However, the game still isn’t over, even after you’ve defeated all of the bosses.

There are multiple modes of play, secret levels and a level generator. Of course, there’s a social aspect with links to post achievements on Facebook. In addition, there are perks you can purchase to help you in the game — although, my one major gripe is that the perk system doesn’t seem to make much sense. I tried adding new perks, but it never seemed to work for me.

As you can see, in Block Breaker 3 Unlimited, the classic ball and paddle game has been given a serious upgrade with plenty of glitz and glamor for a solid experience, despite one flawed perks system.


Block Breaker 3 Unlimited Review Rundown

9
Graphics/Sound - Very colorful and stylish visuals. Level design, character art and even menu backgrounds look great. Watch for the gel blocks in the main menu that jiggle when you shake your phone. Great details! Solid soundtrack, as well, especially for fans of pop-influenced electronic music.
7
Controls - Whether by touch or by tilting your Android device, you can control the paddle in a number of ways. Ultimately, I chose to use the touch screen. While somewhat finicky, the controls were able to keep up with my movements and allowed me to play the game as well as possible.
7
Gameplay - Classic ball & paddle gameplay in the same vein as Breakout and Arkanoid, but with some new ideas that add to the challenge in a unique way. Perhaps not the first of its kind, but definitely not just more of the same old thing. Also, the perks system being a confusing mess is a problem. While not directly related to the core gameplay experience, they do alter your approach to the game, especially if you're looking to heavily rely on them to improve your score and chances of winning.
8
Replay Value - There is a lot of game here, especially if you're a perfectionist who wants to nail a perfect 3-star performance on each level. Throw in the Endless modes and level generator, as long as you like playing this style of game, there will be plenty of game here for you to play.
8
Overall - Block Breaker 3 Unlimited offers a lot of fun with plenty of levels, gameplay modes and features to last a while. Minus the odd perks system, it's a solid experience.

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Dale Culp
Dale Culp has been writing about video games in print and on the web for the better part of the last 10 years. From the Atari 2600 to the Xbox 360 and beyond, he's covered just about everything. You'll find his work in places such as TheWeekender.com, GoLackawanna.com, Gamesylvania.com, EscapistMagazine.com and even IGN.com
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