Hyperballoid HD Review

Hyperballoid HD will be familiar to anyone who's played a brick-busting game before.  Bouncing ball, paddle to keep the ball in play, and plenty of bricks to destroy with the aforementioned ball. Like most modern brick-busters, Hyperballoid HD tosses power-ups into the mix that do things like arm your paddle with lasers, increase its width, and split the ball into three balls.  What sets the game apart from other similar games is the level design.  The levels are grouped into two themed sets, one of which is SciFi themed and the other carrying an ancient civilization theme.  The ancient civilization levels have backgrounds drawn Ancient Egyptian, Greek, and similar themes, and the brick layouts stick to the theme as well.  For example, one Egyptian level features bricks in a scarab pattern and a Viking level features a battleaxe clanging against a shield.  The brick patterns are often dynamic, moving individually or in groups, forming waving or spinning barriers, or phasing into and out of view.  The brick layouts are so creative that part of the fun is advancing to the next level is the anticipation of what's in store for you next.  The SciFi levels' layouts follow more of a geometric pattern theme than creating objects out of bricks.  The types of bricks also vary between two themes, with the SciFi levels making heavy use of triangular bricks and adding a linked chain style of brick.

Brick-busting is always fun and Hyperballoid HD ups this fun through level variety and novel brick placement.  However, there are s few things which take some of the shine off of the game.  The first is a consequence of the HD in the game's name.  The wide screen makes for a wide playing area which is great early in a level because it's packed with bricks.  Once you're down to just a few bricks the playing area is mostly empty space, and it can be time-consuming lining up the right shots to them them out - especially if those bricks are moving.  the developers must have been aware of the problem because if you're struggling to clear the last few bricks, level-ending warp power-ups will begin to drop from the sky.  The other issue is tied to the scoring.  As you move from one level to the next during a game, your score is reset to zero at the start of each level - you can't build up a cumulative score to reward you for surviving through multiple levels.  The game also lacks any kind of high score tracking or leaderboards, so you have to wonder why it is keeping score in the first place.

Most gamers have played a brick-breaking game before and so will already have an idea about how they'll feel about Hyperballoid HD.  The game offers variety in its creative brick layouts but has nothing to feed your achievement-focused or competitive sides.  File this one under good but not great.

In The End, This Game Hath Been Rated: 78%. The levels are imaginative, but the gameplay's nothing to get hyper over.


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