Full marks to whoever came up with the title. %26ldquo;We%26rsquo;re ripping off Arkanoid, guys. What shall we call it?%26rdquo; There%26rsquo;s a bit more to Block Breakers Deluxe than just borrowing a concept from a decades-old game, though, and it%26rsquo;s a decent effort at revitalising one of the old favourites. At heart, this is about the age-old struggle of ball versus brick: you bounce your ball off various bricks and a level ends when the blocks have all been destroyed. The paddle%26rsquo;s controlled with the remote, as is a floating star that can be used to pick up the items that drift down from certain destroyed blocks.
It%26rsquo;s here that Block Breaker Deluxe shines: there are loads of powerups and, though more than a few are inspired by similar efforts, here they%26rsquo;re used so unsparingly that they turn an occasionally dry game into great knockabout fun. Trigger a few multiballs, for example, and you might have nine balls bouncing around the screen to keep in play. Or combine that with some gigaballs (they plough through steel) and you%26rsquo;ve pretty much got any stage licked in just a few seconds. There are a lot of levels, and some fairly well thought out bosses that pop up, as well as some decent multiplayer modes. There%26rsquo;s also a thoroughly daft Miami Vice-themed story going on about underground block-breaking clubs and passwords, but it%26rsquo;s easily ignored.
Despite the boring title, Block Breaker Deluxe is a good bit of throwaway fun, and for this price there are certainly worse things to spend those Wii points on. Ignore all the neon %26rsquo;80s nonsense going on around it and this is a solid game. There%26rsquo;s plenty of it, and it gets tough as old boots as well.
Jul 18, 2008