Puzzle bricks is another great game if you’re looking for something that you can pick up and play for just a few minutes when you have some time to kill. The game is based on concepts from games like Breakout and Space invaders. the basic idea is that you have a paddle that can shoot bullets and you have to have to keep the ball moving while you use your bullets to destroy the incoming missiles that are fired at you randomly!
When you open up Puzzle Bricks you’re taken to the main menu screen. There are three buttons on this screen: “Play,” “Help,” and “High Scores.” The very first time you open the game though you’ll be asked to log into or create an OpenFeint profile. This is to track and compare your high scores with people all over the world, and also to offer a system for you to gain “achievements” for accomplishing various things in the game.
The first thing I did is touch the “Help” button to figure out how the game is played. This screen is very simple and offers more information about the game as you scroll down. It shows that you control the paddle by touching below it and dragging from side to side and that you have a blaster that is used for destroying missiles and changing the direction of the ball.
Once you’ve got how to play figured out it’s time to head back to the main menu and hit “Play” to be taken to the main gameplay screen. When you’re ready to get started just touch the “Play” button in the center of the screen and the ball will start moving.
One of the first things I noticed while playing the game is how the control for firing the gun works. Don’t get me wrong, it does make sense. To fire your gun you just touch the paddle. The problem is that if you’re going to use it to try and maneuver the ball around things it’s a pain. Because you just touch the paddle, there is really to way to move the paddle and fire at the same time, which you really need to be able to do sometimes.
As you’re playing through the game you’ll see various items fall from the destroyed “Alien Pods” as the game calls them. Most of them just give you points, but you’ll want to keep an eye on all of the heart ones because those will not only give you points but also extra lives!
Overall the game runs pretty smoothly, but it does have a few issues. Obviously there’s the control issue I mentioned but the game also needs the ability to continue where you left off, (iOS 4 compatibility) and the explosions in the game make it a little bit difficult to see what’s going on sometimes.