reflexion screenTrileet Inc has released their first iPhone game into the App Store. Reflexion [App Store] is a fresh take on the brick breaker formula with an iPhone twist.

At first glance, the game seems to be a standard Arkanoid/Brick Breaker game but it's quickly apparent there's something different going on. The game begins with a rather standard grid of bricks that must be destroyed. Instead of a moving paddle along the bottom, however, you are allowed to simply "draw" the paddle in any location on the screen with a simple swipe.

While it would seem that this mechanic would make the game easier, it actually introduces a level of complexity that wasn't immediately obvious. Suddenly, areas on the sides of the screen can become out-of-bound areas which require quick reaction times. The game comes with standard power-ups (fast ball, power ball, long paddle) but also some unique ones such as multiple-paddles.

In order to compensate for the increased complexity, the developers have also included a slow-motion mode that is invoked by shaking the iPhone (or tapping a button on the top of the screen).

The game comes with 50 levels including a "puzzle" mode that offers more intricate and difficult levels that must be completed within 3 lives.

We recommend taking a look at this gameplay video:


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Of note, there seems to be a device specific bug that is causing crashes on some 2nd Generation iPod Touches, so if you own one of those devices, you should probably wait for the fix which is being worked on. Meanwhile, the game has been solid on our iPhone 3G.

Overall, the game is a refreshing and challenging take on Arkanoid and is easy to recommend.

App Store Link: Reflexion, $1.99

  • http://www.myspace.com/moonsofjupitermusic RM imagery

    This looks pretty interesting and original. I got bored with all the other brick breakers but will prob pick this up later tonight.

  • http://www.myspace.com/moonsofjupitermusic RM imagery

    This looks pretty interesting and original. I got bored with all the other brick breakers but will prob pick this up later tonight.

  • http://bartig.posterous.com Bartig

    That's so dull. I'll try the app Easy Relax instead, thank you.

  • http://bartig.posterous.com Bartig

    That's so dull. I'll try the app Easy Relax instead, thank you.

  • http://www.trileet.com/ goldbuick

    A fix for the 2nd Generation iPod Touches is getting submitted to Apple today!

  • http://www.trileet.com/ goldbuick

    A fix for the 2nd Generation iPod Touches is getting submitted to Apple today!

  • bethbebe2001

    If they have a lite version of it i'd try it out and see.

  • bethbebe2001

    If they have a lite version of it i'd try it out and see.

  • Corey

    I just downloaded it. Fun game. Much better than I thought it would be, and harder.

  • Corey

    I just downloaded it. Fun game. Much better than I thought it would be, and harder.

  • jackson

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  • jackson

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  • Kyle

    This game rules. The bounce effect on the bricks when the ball hits adds so much, it's like I'm battling JELLO... (TM).

  • Kyle

    This game rules. The bounce effect on the bricks when the ball hits adds so much, it's like I'm battling JELLO... (TM).

  • Reggie

    Wow! I have to say that's a very interesting take on that style of game. I will have to check this out soon :)

  • Reggie

    Wow! I have to say that's a very interesting take on that style of game. I will have to check this out soon :)

  • Vaco Deus

    Hmmm, its out of the App Store

  • Vaco Deus

    Hmmm, its out of the App Store

  • Eric

    It's in there, click on the link in the article:

    http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=312417299&mt=8

    Or search "reflexion" in the app store.

  • Eric

    It's in there, click on the link in the article:

    http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=312417299&mt=8

    Or search "reflexion" in the app store.

  • f e a r l e s s

    This looks great! But, too many brick breaker games for me already.

  • f e a r l e s s

    This looks great! But, too many brick breaker games for me already.

  • Mohammed

    Reminds me of that mini game in MArio 64 DS

    • Kevin

      Speaking of which, I noticed a few shoutouts to Nintendo in some of the level designs.

  • Mohammed

    Reminds me of that mini game in MArio 64 DS

    • Kevin

      Speaking of which, I noticed a few shoutouts to Nintendo in some of the level designs.