Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Offering that "just one more go" mentality, BREAKFINITY is a brick busting game in the vein of Arkanoid but with a difference. That difference being that it's effectively endless.
It's a nice twist on the usual format. After all, how often does one ever complete an Arkanoid-style game, anyhow? Usually, it's a classic example of enjoying the journey rather than seeking out the destination. Each level of BREAKFINITY is relatively quick to complete, mostly because the objective isn't to clear all the bricks. Instead, it's to create a gap and hit the top wall of the screen in order to progress to the next stage. Once that happens, the level changes around but the format stays the same.
To keep things interesting, there's a smattering of power-ups. These are fairly typical of the genre with items such as a paddle extender, something that slows the ball down, and being able to shoot the blocks out of the way. There's also the issue of lives.
In BREAKFINITY, players only have one life, and once that expires they have a couple of options. The first two times they can watch an advert for 15-20 seconds to accrue a new one, or they can use jewels to buy another one. These jewels can be collected in-game but it's a slow going process, with the speedier route being to buy them via an in-app purchase. $0.99 buys 25 gems which equates to a few lives. Wisely, these lives don't affect how many times one can play the game in a row, merely how many times one gets another shot in the same session. It makes sense from one perspective, given that BREAKFINITY is free-to-play. Sometimes though, it would have been much more convenient to be able to spend a set sum to remove the issue of lives altogether.
Ultimately, BREAKFINITY isn't the kind of title to spend hours at a time with. This is a game to enjoy in short bursts and it does a decent job of remaining interesting. Competing for the highest score on Game Center is a sound enough reason to keep coming back for a few minutes of fun here and there.