Published on July 25th, 2018 | by Kirk Hiner0
Brik-Blox brings Breakout to your Apple TV
I’ve mentioned before how I’m always seeking new apps to help turn my Apple TV into a retro-arcade of sorts, and I can now add a new “machine” courtesy of True Ronin Games. Their Brik-Blox for iOS and tvOS will have old-timers like myself harking back to playing Arkanoid at the local arcade, or any of the other myriad Breakout style games on various systems.
Brik-Blox is billed as a “3D interpretation of a retro classic,” but that 3D just means the game elements have shadows; you’re still just bouncing a ball against bricks in a 2D plane. The colors have a decidedly modern aesthetic, however, complete with more intricate textures.
Design aside, gameplay largely remains close to what you remember. You reflect a ball off your paddle in an attempt to eliminate all of the bricks on the board. There are five types of bricks to destroy, some of which are more difficult to eliminate than others. Some bricks explode, some can’t be seen until you hit them, etc.
Eleven power-ups are available to help if you can catch them; as always, they don’t always fall at the most convenient of times and in the most convenient of places. The action gets pretty intense as the game speeds up, but it’s all perfectly manageable on your Apple TV. That’s not to say it’s easy, but rather that it’s easier to see what’s going on than it is on your iPhone.
On the other hand, Siri Remote control isn’t the best for a game of this type. Even with practice, there will be times when you miss the ball due to the control scheme, not your skill level.