Hands on with Brick Breaker for BlackBerry 10 and its different controls

By James Richardson on 14 Dec 2013 04:45 am EST
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We posted earlier this week that the traditional BlackBerry game of Brick Breaker had made a welcome return to BlackBerry 10 devices and we tip our hat to you BlackBerry for listening to the thousands of users that missed the game from their legacy devices. 

What I found interesting with the game is that control wise things are very much different depending on whether you have an all-touch BlackBerry or one with a hardware keyboard - as you will see in the video.

I'm going to keep this post short and sweet as Brick Breaker is free and full of goodness so just go and download it. But I will explain the differences in controls, so here we go. 

On the Z10/Z30 you have control tabs either side of the display to move your man into position to hit the ball. But depending on what level you are on you can also just drag the character using a finger/thumb.

But with the Q10/Q5 there are other options. Option one is to just touch your character and drag him in the direction you wish him to go. And because of the hardware keyboard in place on these devices you can also use this. Just hit up the 'Q' and "P' keys for left and right. On the intermediate level though you have to use the keyboard controls - a wee bit harder. 

On a personal note I actually find things easier on the my Q10 than the Z30 which doesn't happen to often when it comes to gaming. Either way - Brick Breaker is back in business and bringing an element of joy to BlackBerry users. We can once again get back to our roots on the commute to work!

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Hands on with Brick Breaker for BlackBerry 10 and its different controls

44 Comments

Um, there are no tabs on my z10 when I play this game. So I'm confused. Also the link you posted is incorrect, it took me to an album and not the game.

Posted via CB10

Request content not found.... that's the error message I get.

Posted via CB10 on my Q10 (Q10SQN100-3/10.2.1.1055)

It seems opening the link within the CB app causes a problem (the link is being modified). If you open it via the browser (copy & paste the link) it should work.
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Thank you. Copy and paste did solve the problem. I'm now loving the game.

Posted via CB10 on my Q10 (Q10SQN100-3/10.2.1.1055)

I thought the new version of CB10 was supposed to have fixed the bug with links
:(

Posted via CB10

My Z30 and my girlfriends Z10 on Verizon don't have tabs. We drag the guy to move the paddle.

Posted via CB10

Figured it out.

Beginner is drag guy to move
Intermediate is arrows
Hardcore is tilt control

Posted via CB10

Aah! Nice. I hated it the other day because the guy kept moving with the cell movement. Thank you for the post!
We can switch the animated background off with R.

Posted via my beautiful red Q5

Are there only a handful of levels? It said I reached the Brick Breaker Master status after a few levels.

Is this because it's still in beta?

I hope so, because the levels I played were fun and challenging. I like the new take on the classic game.

Posted via CB10

R there a million BlackBerry 10 users? We should have support from Nike and Instagram by now if that's the case. @ least Nike+.

BBW Lovers Unite- OOLONG. The Eye of The OOLONG :C00121B8B

Definitely a game a much preferred using with the trackpad.

A little to sensitive with the touch arrows I found and I'm not a big fan of tilt.

Glad to see brick breaker back

I am a fan of brick breaker...and completed it once on my torch slider, not sure I like the dated graphics? personally would have liked it stay exactly same but just add loads more levels, nevertheless I am glad it's back and it is still in Beta....so may still get my wish

Posted via CB10

When I try to download this app it takes me to a sound app named east if the river Ganges by kumba mela experiment.

Anyone is seeing this?

Posted via CB10

Yup... same here. and no correct forthcoming, so I guess BlackBerry don't want us to have this!

Posted via CB10 on my Q10 (Q10SQN100-3/10.2.1.1055)

How come I can't find it on BlackBerry World? When I click on link it takes me to some music cd??

Posted via CB10

None of the links work and the app is not found when typed in. What a real shame.

Posted via CB10 on my Q10 (Q10SQN100-3/10.2.1.1055)

Thanks, but link does not work... "Request content not found" is the error message I get when I click the link. the dialogue box was titled from BlackBerry app world.

Posted via CB10 on my Q10 (Q10SQN100-3/10.2.1.1055)

If the link doesn't work then copy it and paste it into the url box in your Web browser and click Go.

Posted via CB10

I also don't like the graphics. I'd like to see it as it was not some retro interpretation of it.

Posted via CB10

Horrible graphics. I prefer legacy phone's brick breaker. It is way too good looking. The touch control on screen is very good on my old 9810. I would love to have the same version on my Z.

Posted via CB10

I also 100% agree.
This version looks like someone's high school programming project in comparison to the Brick Breaker on legacy devices.
I'm really shocked BlackBerry would release a product like this and link it's name to the once great product that it bares no real resemblance to.

Posted via CB10

Is it just me or is it a bit difficult using ones finger? I have some fingers and I pretty much cover the runner. Will try the Q and P.

Happy it is back though!!

Posted with my Q10 via CB10

I don't mind the graphics. I don't know what the original BlackBerry brick breaker looked like though.

Posted via CB10