BreakQuest: Extra Evolution is a freemium Block Breaker clone. For all those who don’t know what Block Breaker is, you can easily understand it as the melding of Pong and Space Invaders. Space Invaders because you have to destroy enemies (in this case blocks) and Pong because you have to reflect your ball back to the blocks.

While destroying those blocks you gain points for your high score as well as collecting special items as they drop. These special items can either help you or hinder you; for example, there’s an item that enlarges your bumper while another item shrinks it. The game sounds simple, but the tricky part comes as the ball gains speed with each connecting reflection.

One problem you have to overcome is that some levels can literally take forever if you’re not super precise; without proper technique you simply can’t bring the ball to hit the last blocks of the field. Thankfully, if you can hold on long enough a special item will drop to help – but that’s not always possible.

This help system can be a problem though, since you can get bored while playing. This results in half hearted attempts which will result in the loss of a ball and bring you closer to that freemium lockout. Don’t get too comfortable though, this game isn’t for lazy players unless you want to pay for extra balls.

The level design is actually really good, even though the basic concept is always the same you never feel that you’re playing the same thing twice. This is mostly thanks to the unique level architecture; in one level you may have to destroy all blocks while on another level the blocks start to move as soon as you touch them – it’s a difference experience each time.

Since we’re talking about the levels, I can say there are quite a few of them. The problem is that unless you’re a pro, you most likely won’t be able to play them without paying. This isn’t because they aren’t available, but rather due to the fact that you only have 30 balls for the entire game and aren’t likely to make it through without some crazy skills.You can buy 100 balls for 2€ up to an infinite amount of balls for 7€ – but honestly I don’t see why you would. As such, it offers little in the way of actually playable content, as you’ve got to buy the balls to continue once you’ve lost the initial 30 – that is, unless you can find that crazy Near item which gives you millions.

In the end, BreakQuest offers a unique visual style and electronic music paired with fairly solid game play (though it can get quite boring if you aren’t into this kind of game). The game has unique style which is rather simplistic but it has its own kind of charm; at first I didn’t like it much, but over time it began to grow on me. I wish I could say the same about the music, but the soundtrack mostly consists of electronic beats which you have to like unless you want to play it on mute.

A solid concept, but a slightly flawed execution; BreakQuest offers a bit of fun for free, or a bit more if you want to pay. I’d say save this one for a rainy day, or a sale on the balls.

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Yuuki is 21 and from Germany. Gaming since 1998 and starting with a SNES he progressed through all Nintendo systems as well as an Xbox 360 and Sony consoles, including his newest addition to his console history, the Vita. Favourite genres include jRPGs and Strategy games.
  • Buckybuckster

    It’s so nice to finally be able to read honest reviews again. Thanx for your excellent review Yuuki!

    Being an old school gamer and one who is pretty good at this type of game, I actually enjoyed the game quite a bit more than you did. By no means will this game blow you away with it’s greatness, but it is a clever update to games previously relased within the 30 year old genre.

    If you should get the game you may end up getting an unexpected bonus when you purchase your extra ball pack. If they have yet to fix it (there’s already been an update), you may end up getting the billion+ ball glitch instead. I bought the 200 ball pack only to see the counter jump up to over 1 billion. That’s more than enough to complete the game MANY times over, even for those who lack the aptitude for this type of game.