Shards - A Brick Breaker style game on steroids. Free today in the UK from Amazon

By James Richardson on 3 Sep 2014 09:09 am EDT
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I realize that Amazon's free app of the day varies regionally and here in the UK I'm lucky enough to have picked this one up today for free, but I thought it was well worth sharing as it's pretty darn awesome.

I suspect there's won't be many BlackBerry 10 users that are not familiar with Brick Breaker - after all, we had it pre-loaded on legacy BlackBerry devices for years. Shards gives it a new modern twist and with a shed load of bonus items that drop from the bricks it spices things up very nicely.

Whether you are after a quick time killing game to see you through a few spare minutes or even if you want to engage in some serious gaming Shards will have you covered. Game play is smooth, the graphics are crisp and with a funky backing track what more could you ask for?

Features of Shards include:

  • Each level has its own original stunning fractal background

  • Glassy bricks are of arbitrary sizes and rotate to bring you interesting patterns to destroy

  • Shardiens - glassy enemies

  • Ten power-ups will help you to clean the board (including laser paddle, multiple balls, power ball and many others)

  • Listen to an original soundtrack

  • Play through three difficulty levels

If you're in another country and Shards is Amazon's free app of the day please feel free to let us know in the comments?

How to install Shards using the Amazon Appstore on BlackBerry 10

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Shards - A Brick Breaker style game on steroids. Free today in the UK from Amazon

37 Comments

Well you better get used to it with 10.3 on the passport and 10.3.1 the amazon app store is coming so we need to face reality. Games I don't care if native or android as long as it's smooth and for apps of course native is always best but we have android runtime in bb10 for a reason. We have to accept this and move and look at the bigger picture. When future amazing BlackBerry 10 devices get released and a customer goes to a store and wants one but they go home and find out not netflix....no instagram....no candy crush...and so on that they return it and go to android and apple? Blackberry can't afford anymore losses because of the "app" situation. When BlackBerry 10 user base grows and grows and we see more market share then we will see more native apps but for now the short term solution we needs these android apps like it or not. Only thing they need to make sure is that android apps and games all of them get push notifications on the hub.

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Gotta disagree about the push notifications on android. kobo does that and its annoying. I don't need to know its downloading a book that I just clicked to download I don't need recommendations or that the library is updating. What android apps need is the ability to turn that nonsense off as well as turn off certain permissions if we want.

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Lol well Google can kiss my arse lol. I hate Google and especially Google services people have become so dependent on them it's very sad.....

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I tried to circumvent the regional requirement by logging into amazon.co.uk with a PC and downloading regional specials but the site realized that I was not in the UK and it would not allow me to add them to my cart. This one is available in the US fortunately.

I'm probably going to sound silly saying this, but why would this app need access to my shared files?

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Shards sounds like sharts... could make for an interesting game

Verizon Q10 running 10.3.0.1130 on CB10. [URL="bbmc:C0004F9BB"] My boring channel but has cute Frenchie puppy pics :) [/URL]

Does anyone know what's up with the ratings/comments on apps in the Amazon Store?

On my Z30 all apps have zero reviews, on another Z10 there are reviews for the same app. And no reviews I ever post, good or bad ever show up.

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I tried this last night on my Q10. It was smooth when it played, but over the course of about 15 mins, I had 3 crashes. I got frustrated and deleted it before your post went up.

Posted from my phone no one cares about on a network no one cares about.

I had Shards once then the doctor gave me an ointment, cleared up in just a few days.

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The title of the game in the photo actually appears to be "sharts". You guys have already made the jokes but seriously check out the photo.

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