Brick Breaker Revolution 3D $5.99 (9.2 MB) After Tower Bloxx Digital Chocolate has released Brick Breaker Revolution 3D which I was not expecting... The free version is also coming according to developer's site. It looks very polished and here are, finally, my first impressions (28fev2009): I had to give more time than I use to spare in order to have my first impressions about this game, not only because it cost more than the average App Store game but also due the fact that we have a lot of “Arknoid” games, including the very polished Block Breaker Deluxe 2. As all Digital Chocolate games, BBR3D has a great presentation in all aspects: interface, graphics, animations and music. The game content is not as extensive as BBD2 but what makes BBR3D unique is its 3D graphics and the Revolution mode. The 3D graphics work very well but the camera is still. If you move your device the board does not change its perspective which does not feel right (tho some users would probably want the way it is right now). However the 2D view also makes BBD2 very enjoyable. There’s no winner here, just two titles about the same gameplay but with different point of views. Do you love this kind of game? Don’t read any further, get BBR3D. The Revolution mode is very interesting indeed. You can play a level, get a key and go to the next level without finishing the previous one. If you get another key you can go back to the previous one and so on. It’s nice and the transition is top-notch. Both titles have the same control (more the pad with the finger) and both well implemented. The extra space at bottom (for the finger) is really necessary. BBD2 area is bigger due its screen orientation (portrait). For me the BBR3D smaller area was a problem at all. Note that BBR3D has an alternative control that lives with the finger one: tap arrows to move the pad. This method works better than I thought it would be. But the small area for the arrows is hard to keep track while playing. It’d be better if this alternative was an option and the area was as big as possible. BBR3D has a nice set of power-ups. They generate some nice special effects. Some of them however may get into the way, making you lose a ball, others may cause a frame rate drop (or the effect or some iPhone background service) and the big ball one causes too much noise. What is not so good is the way you trigger them. There are four slots. Two at top left and two at top right. If you control your pad with one hand one side containing power-ups will be harder to tap. The design here could be better. However, BBD2 has also a great set of power-ups, including a shop to buy or improve some of them. At the end, one game may display more effects than the other one but they are all power-ups and work basically the same way. Both games has almost the same gameplay: you start in an easy level, with a slow ball. BBD2, that I’ve played today, is kind of a walk in the park (the quick game/Island mode). You don’t need too much effort to keep winning. BBR3D Revolution mode was easy initially but it seems to get harder faster than the other one. However, I’ve been playing BBR3D for just two days. I rate both games 4/5. BBR3D is a nice alternative but it is not something that you can’t miss, that you have to buy. The wow factor is there but it is minimized due the static 3D camera and some hard to get power-ups. Anyway, it’s recommend for game lovers (such as I’m) or Arknoid fans.