Arkanoid, the game of paddle+ball+brick, has been a very popular game ever since Taito made it popular with its famous Arkanoid of DOH series. Windows Mobile Smartphones have had its fair share of Arkanoids over the years…and MobileStream’s Meteor Breakout wants to be the best. But can it stack up?
Meteor’s interface is generally very well-done. The splash screen takes you to a level selection toggle, where one of the nine available campaigns can be chosen. However, menus can not be existed with the right soft key(even though a label is at the bottom right of the screen):
After starting a game, one immediately notices the creativity of the game designers. Levels look really cool, and none is similar to the one before it. The engine supports a huge variety of brick types, leading to a very interesting overall gameplay experience:
A variety of powerups is available to spice up the game like in every other Arkanoid clone. For all who are new to Arkanoid, a powerup changes the behavior of the paddle if you touch it.
The variety of powerups is astonishing. For example, there are two different ’shoot’ powerups and three ball modifiers – more than I ever saw before:
Meteor’s levels are spiced up with enemies that can be destroyed by hitting them a few times with a ball. Some enemies survive more than one hit, and some of them even fire back:
Last but not least, the game has excellent sound effects and a very cool background jingle tune…
This review looked at version 1.07 of Meteor on a QTek 8500 – it wasstable except for abug in conjunction with the low battery alert. Meteor needs 2643 KB of memory and can be run from an external memory card. A variety of versions is available for landscape and portrait-screened devices.
Overall, congratulations to MobileStream. Meteor Breakout is the new king of Arkanoid clones for and is available for almost all platforms. The WMS version of the game unfortunately has slightly confusing menus – other than that, game has extremely interesting gameplay and looks damn cool – a must have for every Arkanoid lover…
Meteor Breakout for QVGA
Meteor Breakout for QVGA landscape
Meteor Breakout for Motorola Q series