Excerpt: I got my first Game Boy when I was six. Included copy of Tetris aside, my first handheld game was a Nintendo-themed Arkanoid clone called Alleyway . Ok, actually it was Home Alone -- let's keep this our little secret, okay? Alleyway was the second Game Boy game I owned, and it was the one I returned to the most. Its simplicity was worn as a facade for the brutal challenge that was buried underneath.
Summary: Brick breaking has come a long way since the days of Breakout and Arkanoid, with recent titles taking the simple paddle, ball, and bricks setup and freshening it up by adding unique twists. But while games such as Shatter and Nervous Brickdown have won plaudits, Hyperballoid HD's take on this classic genre fails to bust through.
Pros: Interesting power-ups, Varied level design
Cons: Clearing levels becomes a chore, Bland presentation
Excerpt: Picture a wedding anniversary: typically the husband forgets and has to scramble madly to buy a present at the last minute. Inevitably, disappointment follows and somebody ends up sleeping on the sofa. This was the case with every sequel to Tomb Raider . Receiving each one was like getting a progressively worse presents, until by Angel of Darkness , the wife stopped caring. In 2006, CRYSTAL DYNAMICS took on the task of resurrecting the series with Tomb Raider: Legend.
Excerpt: Those who enjoy a bat-and-ball game have become spoilt for choice on Sony’s PlayStation Network: We have BreakQuest, Magic Ball and Shatter. Now, we have another. For pennies over £3 you can get 100 levels of bat-and-ball goodness in the form of Hyperballoid HD. These are split into Ancient World Campaign and Planets World Campaign… Love the grammar on that last one. This choice turns out to be more meaningful than it first appears.
Excerpt: Ano de 1986. Arkanoid acaba de sair nos arcades e vira febre mundial, pior que gripe suína. Donas de casa, estudantes, médicos, advogados... todos querem ver aquela máquina de fliperama que tem a barrinha que quebra os blocos. 2010. Hyberballoid HD chega à PSN. Ninguém fala um “A” dele e porque será? O que estes dois jogos têm em comum?