Tilebreaker X for the BlackBerry PlayBook

Tilebreaker X
By Alicia Erlich on 13 Jul 2011 09:54 am EDT

As CrackBerry addicts we're all aware of a little game known as BrickBreaker that comes preinstalled with our devices. Who would have guessed that a modern version of the classic arcade game Breakout would be the cause of so much procrastination and frustration. No matter what, a BlackBerry device just isn't the same without it. So when this game happened to pop up in App World it was a no brainer that I immediately downloaded it.

Tilebreaker X by Marius Heil is a Brickbreaker like game for your Playbook. For all you newbies out there the object of the game is simple. Using only a paddle and a ball you need to break all the tiles to clear them from the board. It sounds easy but half the time its easier said than done especially when you're playing on a larger scale. The only obvious difference between the two is the hidden powerups that descend when you break a tile are not exactly the same (I miss the laser). However, it's still enjoyable.

The great thing about this game is the option to change the controls. You have the choice of using your finger to drag the paddle, your thumbs to move the paddle by tapping on the sides of the screen, and, my personal favorite, using the accelerometer to tilt the device to move. I have to say it is hard to use the last one but touch controls are very responsive and you can adjust the sensitivity. I even played on the train ride home.

Currently there are two versions available. There is a free version with less levels and powerups and the full paid version for $1.99 with all 41 levels of brickbreaker like goodness. I have ro say the graphics are decent and it gets the job done. Not too shabby if you ask me and I've been playing this game in its many incarnations since I was a kid (Anyone remember Alleyway on Gameboy). You'd think I'd be better by now. So why not pick this up today and continue to ignore your work. Don't worry i won't tell your boss.

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Tilebreaker X for the BlackBerry PlayBook


I bet developers dont see it that way. 2 bux. It costs less than anything you can buy at Starbucks. We are on the first wave, comrade, we are expected to set the bar. If its a good app, buy it, if not, dont.

I disagree. Nothing is free. But 2 dollars is pretty damned close, if you like the app, buy it. You can even try it without paying anything, I'm all for that. But come on, 2 dollars?

The issue isn't the lack of apps, its the fact that apps which should be free aren't. Not saying every app for the PB should be, but ones like this come with the phones, why have to pay $2.00 for it? Price isn't the issue either, obviously $2 isn't alot but it's the principle.

>>>but ones like this come with the phones, why have to pay $2.00 for it?

I think it's quite obvious: the one that comes with phones is developed by RIM but the current one is developed by a 3rd-party developer. Why should a 3rd-party developer give his work away for free?

Phones have their own set of pre-installed apps, PlayBook has its own that isn't worse at all.

Yawn. My original Nintendo had better games. It's about time the native SDK gets released so we can start seeing some real developers create real games worth purchasing.

I am friends with the developer of this game. I have access to the source, but of course am not going to share. If anyone has any suggestions, I can sure pass them on to him. I would also like to say that you would not be wasting money buying this. He will be updating rather frequently - that's a fact.

I love this game. I downloaded the free version, then purchased it. I have gotten to know the developer a bit because he responded to my emailed questions really quickly and and helped me with some issues. He is terrific, and so is this game. I am still trying to beat my high score (756,000) and hoping that the scores go online soon, so I can see what other people manage to do with this always fun, never relaxing (lol) amazing little game.

I think that every app should give you 3 free levels to try out. If it's good, Then $1 or $2 is not much to pay for something that you may play with for hours.