Some of the best games are the oldest and the simplest and they don’t get much older and simpler than the one that Brickies is based on. Can you guess? Brickies contains bricks, balls and bats and is great fun.
The games Brickies is reminiscent of is that old classic, breakout. You have a bat and a ball and the idea is to bat the ball against the bricks and break them up. It is not that easy of course, and the game is fast-paced, challenging, and has a few twists that make it a bit different.
There are some extra features not in the original and in addition to having a bat at the bottom of the screen, there is one at the top too. Hit the ball with the bat and it flies up the screen, breaking bricks it touches. Some are harder to break than others and may require several hits before they fly apart in lots of pieces.
If the ball gets past the bricks and heads towards the top of the screen, you must use the top bat to hit it back down towards the bricks. It is surprisingly easy to forget about the top bat and in a panic you swipe the screen trying to get the bat to the ball.
There are power-ups – special items on the screen that can be collected. These provide extra brick-bashing abilities and they enable you to deal more damage with every hit. This is important because you not only have to clear all the bricks, you also have to beat the clock too. Take too long and you will fail to clear the screen in the allotted time and must play that level again.
There are over 100 levels to master and an endless mode. Whenever the bricks have nearly all been demolished, a new set appears and you carry on playing, never ending.
Another twist to the game is you do not have the usual three lives. If you miss the ball with the bat, it bounces back up or down the screen. It loses nearly all of its power, however, and you must keep playing until it gets its brick-bashing abilities back.
The graphics are simple, but nice, the gameplay is challenging and addictive, and Brickies is free. There are adverts, but they do not get in the way of a great game that is fun to play. Add it to your Android phone or tablet.
Developer: Noodlecake Studios Inc.
Size: 35 MB
Android: 2.3.3 and up
- Written by Roland Waddilove
- Created: 01 July 2015