The classic arcade is getting new life thanks to iOS devices, and one particularly popular style is brick breakers. Brickies is a new brick breaker that emphasizes an action packed challenge with a level based set-up with each one delivering a race against the clock. Everything is designed to maintain a fast pace highlighted by having a paddle at the top and bottom of the screen without the ability to lose a life. If you miss the ball, it just becomes lifeless until it collides with your paddle again, and a lifeless ball drains valuable seconds.
Brickies comes with 100 levels, and each one offers a unique challenge in the positioning of the bricks, and the way they act. There are bricks that move, have shields, explode into more bricks, and simply continue to throw new twists at you. Luckily, you unlock new power-ups as you go, and the power-ups can be layered to have an explosive buzzsaw, or laser shooting multi-ball, just as examples. No matter what’s activated, there is a whole lot going on at once, and it can be tough to keep track of your ball at times. The main challenge is trying to clear every brick in a limited amount of time, and you get to see the clock ticking down in the backdrop of the level.
If that wasn’t enough, Brickies also features an endless mode in which new waves of bricks continue to appear, and you replenish the clock with every brick you destroy. It’s another time based challenge, but it feels fresh with the way the waves appear. Brickies simply delivers a ton of fun no matter which mode you choose, what level you’re playing, or what’s currently activated. It’s like a speed run platformer, but applied to a brick breaker and accented with crazy power-ups and level designs. Brickies is easy to pick up and play, and it draws you in to just go level to level with the frenetic pacing and continuous supply of fresh challenges.
Brickies (Free, Universal) delivers fresh arcade fun that is a must have for the combinations of speed and brick breaking challenge.