A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The game uses simple touch controls, but it's so easy that it's not fun.
Products & Purchases
Players earn in-game currency by playing or watching video ads. Also static ads in middle of screen when you finish a round, on both top and bottom of screen when you spin the wheel to earn free prizes, sometimes on bottom of screen when you play. Game runs random video ads when you're navigating menus and between rounds. Players can watch video ads to unlock different skins for the balls. Players can also earn in-game credits by playing or watching ads; credit can be used to buy new balls ... which you can also get by watching ads. An ad-free version is available for sale.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
By going overboard, this attempt to do something different with a classic arcade game just ends up making it so easy that it's not fun. In Break Bricks - Ball's Quest, you have to move a paddle back and forth so you can hit a ball toward some colored bricks, which disappear when struck. Some of these bricks will even magically produce power-ups that, when hit with your paddle, cause many more balls to go flying around the screen. The problem here is that, unless you intentionally avoid the power-ups, you'll soon have so many balls flying around the screen that you won't have to move the paddle to make sure one or two or 37 of the balls don't get past you. Instead, the other 104 balls bouncing around will take out all of the bricks without your help.
The simplicity of play here is even more disappointing when you realize someone spent hours devising brick layouts that, without so many balls flying around, would've challenged your paddle-moving skills. Add in a rather aggressive advertising policy that runs video ads when you lose, win, or just go from one page of the menu to the next, and you'll understand why Break Bricks - Ball's Quest is structurally unsound for fun past one or two levels.
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