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Bouncy bouncy

Another in the long line of Arkanoid-style bat-and-ball games, this is no better and no worse than many of its very similar relatives so if you are a fan of titles like Electranoid and Bananoid, this one might fill a little gap in your life. As ever, the player takes control of a paddle-like device and must manipulate it in order to destroy a series of blocks which fill each single-screen level. The stages start out pretty simple but soon become highly challenging, thanks to some complex and clever designs which require some pretty nifty bat skills. In a neat twist on the usual powerups and bonuses, Block Buster! occasionally releases bonus items which, if collected and kept, can eventually be released in order to give the player a powerup. It's up to you how long you keep collecting bonuses, but you have to consider the risk of missing the ball compared with the usefulness of the powerups. It's a nice little variation on a theme which brings a great sense of risk versus reward to proceedings. Apart from this though, it's pretty much business as usual in terms of gameplay. There are plenty of levels on offer here, enough to keep any hardened genre fan extremely happy and there is a well developed difficulty curve, so that by the time you've mastered the first few levels, you should have the skills and the patience to progress even further. Visually, this is run-of-the-mill stuff, with nice use of colours and suchlike but little else to mark it out from the myriad clones which litter the market. If you desperately need another bat-and-ball game in your life, then Block Buster! is as good a choice as any, but if you skip it, you're not missing much.
Block Buster! (pc game)
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  • Busting some blocks