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Hyper Breaker Turbo Review
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Hyper Breaker Turbo, a new spin on the Breakout formula from beJoy & RZDESIGN, is now available from the app store. Featuring multiple graphic styles, generous paddle control, and lengthy vertically-scrolling levels, Hyper Breaker Turbo breathes life into a weary genre.

Hyper Breaker Turbo Pros:

  • Colorful, varied presentations with scrollable levels and smooth animations
  • Great arcade soundtrack
  • Simple controls that keep your fingers out of the way
  • Fun power-ups and punishers
  • GameCenter integration for achievements to earn

Hyper Breaker Turbo Cons:

  • Can feel repetitive after a while
  • Ball getting stuck in slow-moving back-and-forth progression is frustrating

Hyper Breaker Turbo features 75 levels spread evenly across 3 environments with appealing graphical differences. In additional to the more traditional look of the first set, you also play sets of levels with a doodle theme and a neon theme. Whereas the tried-and-true formula sees you attempting to clear all blocks from a single screen by sliding a paddle back and forth on a fixed plane, Hyper Breaker Turbo eschews this setup for a more dynamic and interesting experience. Levels actually span a significant vertical distance, requiring you to break blocks to open pathways for your ball to wend through as you search for the checkered finish line. Not only do you not need to clear all blocks, but leaving some intact can save your bacon if you let the ball get past you later in a level, as the remaining blocks behind you can redirect your ball back into the field of play. There is a lava pool that’s never too far away that will incinerate your ball if you let it get by. You have a few lives to spare, though lost balls will impact your score and ability to earn all 4 stars on a level.

The curved paddle you use can be moved in all directions within a confined space, allowing you to angle your shots with ease and even add a little mustard when you really want to punch through the defense. Obstacles such as bumpers, portals, and more will also impact the way you play the game. One of the few familiar features present in this version is the bonuses that you can pick up after destroying certain blocks. Orbs will stream down the screen after blocks explode, which you can snag with your paddle to activate. Some are helpful, offering bonus points, applying a temporary barrier below your paddle to save a misplayed ball, introducing additional balls, giving your paddle the ability to shoot blocks, creating bombs that will destroy surrounding blocks when you tap the screen, and so on. Others are less helpful, giving the balls a mind of their own, causing balls to be affected by gravity, and even killing you instantly.

Graphically, the various styles help keep things fresh, while the bright and varied colors and power-ups keep it interesting. The beginning of each level will pan up along the expanse of the level, giving you the ability to see just what’s in store. This can also be immediately skipped if you want to be surprised or just want to get into the game. The physics are pretty good, though there is a tendency for the ball to get stuck in a slow back-and-forth progression up or down the screen that kind of kills the excitement or momentum you’ve built up. You place your finger below the paddle and swipe it around the screen, which allows you to always keep the paddle in sight. The soundtrack is arcade-y and fun, and the overall presentation is very nice. Replay value is good, as you can always try to pick up missed stars or beat your previous high scores. GameCenter integration provides a few dozen achievements to earn. A universal app for $1.99, Hyper Breaker Turbo is a fun 4-Dimple challenge.

Hyper Breaker Turbo Review, reviewed by Kevin on 2013-05-30T19:40:27+00:00 rating 4.0 out of 5

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