Breakout, Arkanoid, Blockbuster and Bebop. These are games from my childhood where I would happily spend three hours playing only to die and play again for another 3 hours trying to get past the level that beat me.
The problem is, whilst the premise of brick breaking games remains as fun as it did many years ago, this genre of games peaked in the early nineties so finding a break breaking game nowadays is as hard as finding a game that MunkiMatt scores higher than a 6.
This is where Brick Breaker steps in and whilst there is something to be said for bringing this type of addictive puzzle game to a whole new generation; it is hard to justify fully when the 2016 incarnation is so much weaker than the vintage classic that inspired it.
That’s not to say Brick Breaker isn’t enjoyable. It has enough Arkanoid DNA in it to overcome that problem but odd design choices such as that garish neon effect which makes tracking your ball a chore at times and downright impossible on occasion and some iffy physics (watching your ball slowly go up the board, miss the brick and return slowly when you hit a much lower trajectory than you were aiming for only to hit the corner of your bat and then watch the ball head down instead of up is painful) makes Brick Breaker a weaker take on the genre at times.
Back to that Arkanoid DNA though. Once things get going and the speed and power ups get going then that old addiction starts returning. The addiction is highlighted even more when levels utilise a 3 star completion system and for those that like crushing your friends there is an online leader board, albeit it is hidden way.
Despite its issues trying to ruin all of the fun, the template on which the game is based does manage to just pull through and make the game playable with a little bit of fun thrown in. However with a few patches to remove the dodgy physics and design choices I can see this being a game for all generations.
Midlife Gamer Rating: 5/10 Format: PlayStation 4 Release Date: Out Now
Disclosure: Midlife Gamer were provided with a digital copy of Brick Breaker for review purposes. The title was reviewed over the course of 4 days. For more information on what our scores mean, plus details of our reviews policy, click here.