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Nervous Brickdown review

A paddle, a ball, and some bricks - so why does this game feel so fresh and unique?


  • Creative levels
  • Varying looks and tunes
  • Good stylus control


  • Ends too soon
  • A bit pricey
  • No vs multiplay

More than thirty years ago, Atari’s block-smashing game Breakout established a whole new kind of gameplay (there were only about three back then, so it wasn’t so tough, but still…). Now Nervous Brickdown comes along, re-re-re-reinvents the genre, and makes us care again. Instead of just giving you a paddle at the bottom of the screen, a wall of bricks at the top, a ball that bounces between the two, and near-instant ennui, it sweetens the pot by constantly switching up its look and gameplay.

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DescriptionA clever reinvention of classic brick-breaking paddle games, with 10 legitimately different worlds that leave you wishing for more.
US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor rating3+
Release date6 June 2007 (US), 14 September 2007 (UK)