Review Brick Breaker - Ghostanoid
Retro breakout style play with a hunted twist
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 15 Apr 2017, tested on Samsung SM-G920F Galaxy S6
Neat graphics, interesting plot, decent game play
Too easy, inconvenient to play on a small screen, animation is a bit laggy
Ghostanoid reminds me of an old school breakout game but with a haunted house twist. The game unfolds as a series of missions that a rookie ghost hunter is charged with completing. Each floor of this haunted manor needs to be cleaned of ghouls and ghosts, and to do that, you just launch balls into the floors above, then move your military looking, ghost hunting hummer to bat that ball back and forth into the floors above. As the ball makes impact, portions of the floors and decor breakaway, sometimes offering power ups to collect and use, like glue balls, explosive balls and a greater variety of balls than anyone needs to be playing with.
The controls just use touch and slide mechanics, placing your finger at the bottom of the screen and moving laterally to make the hummer go back and forth and stay under that bouncing ball. Sometimes my finger got in the way of my view of the hummer which made it tricky to play with much accuracy. The animation is lively and there's lots of visual variance to hold interest and entertain. The sounds got on my nerves, and the text based plot was decent but just got in the way of the play without adding much entertainment value.
Ghostanoid is very retro and addictive, plus the graphics are interesting and probably the best element of the game. This one is entertaining for those occasional minutes that need to be burned. It's not all that memorable, but I enjoyed playing it.