Review Elemental Breaker
Extraordinary arkanoid with unique gameplay
Author: Evgenii Kostrov
Date: 24 Apr 2017, tested on Nokia Lumia 920
Elemental Breaker is a very original arkanoid for Windows Phone in which you will have to break bricks with the images of the four elements - earth, air, fire and water. Balls performing as shells are also different from each other in color and belong to a particular type of the elements. At that, collisions of the balls with the same-color blocks will bring you less game points than collisions with the other elements.
Not a block in this game can be destroyed by the first strike if the shell doesn't belong to all the elements at once and not painted in four colors simultaneously. However, the most interesting thing is that we wouldn't recommend you to acquire such a ball, but more on that later. In this game, there are lots of nuances, especially, if you compare it with other arkanoids.
GameplayThe first thing you will notice after starting the game, is the absence of platforms that can repel balls. Instead, they use two balls between which an electric discharge goes, and these balls can be placed anywhere on the playing field. Through this, you can even catch a shell into some kind of a trap and make it destroy blocks at a tremendous speed. The distance between the balls with discharges may be different depending on the length of the gesture which you activate them with, but there is a limit. Having caught the proper bonus, you can afford two platforms and will locate them in different places of the playing field in turns.
The second feature of the game is that its playing field is fenced with an almost impenetrable wall around the perimeter. That is, even without using the platforms you will not lose your ball shells, and in the end there will come a moment when they clear the playing field off the blocks and allow you to move to the next level. At first glance, it may seem a total absurd because, as a matter of fact, you may just leave the gameplay and it will still bring you to victory. But do not jump into conclusions.
Bonuses features and results of your inactionFirstly, without affecting the shells with the electrical discharges, they begin to lose speed and eventually stop completely. Secondly, the game has bonuses and antibonuses. The latter mainly slow down the shells that once again proves the need for your direct participation in the gameplay (you will have to re-accelerate them). However, the bonuses are full of surprises and some of them may bring harm instead of goodness. This applies to the four-color shells which we have mentioned above.
ResumeGenerally speaking, there's only one true obstacle for them - the electrical discharge. All the other blocks including those that make up the walls of the playing field, fall apart at an encounter with the projectile. And then there already appear all chances to lose, since all the shells may fly beyond the boundaries of the playing field not only from below as it is implemented in most arkanoids, but also from aside and top. In general, the game is really unique and despite the very high-quality design combined with great special effects, the quite good soundtrack and absence of advertising, you can download Elemental Breaker absolutely for free.