Krakout HD – addictive brick breaker arcade game
Oct 25, 2012 1:36 PM –
Krakout HD is a slick brick-breaking game on Android. Take control of one or more paddles in manic action where your reactions are put to the test. If you’ve played similar games, it will be easy to pick up, but the game comes with a wide variety of bonuses and infinite levels!
Tested on: HTC One X
Pros & Cons:
- Infinite levels of gameplay!
- Good music!
- Easy to play!
- Multi-player mode!
- Can feel a little repetitive.
Krakout HD will be hugely familiar to gamers who have ever picked up any block/brick – breaker game– a popular and addictive gaming genre that has found its way to just about every gaming platform there has been. So, unless you’ve lived without technology for your entire life you’ll sort of know the game and how to play it; simply move a paddle to allow the balls(s) to bounce off it. When the ball hits a block it disappears and the level is completed when all have been removed.
There are various bonus blocks to take out which effect gameplay; balls move faster/slower, your paddle is smaller/larger, the balls themselves can adopt new short-term abilities too, and this keeps gameplay relatively fresh. There are also other items and characters that pop up and can be destroyed too for extra points. All this action takes place over a rather decent musical score which is made up mostly of retro dance music. Most of it, to be fair, is pretty good but one or two tracks are a little annoying.
A great feature is the ability to play in multi-player mode with a friend. Here you each get an ‘end’ in which to control your paddles and score points against each other. Pretty cool and certainly something that adds a new dimension to gameplay. Subsequently, this can make the game quite addictive for short periods and certainly something that has the potential to kill a lot of time. I did find it felt a little on the repetitive side after lengthy play time, but for short bursts it works well.
Krakout HD – Various backgrounds across infinite levels (1)
Krakout HD – Various backgrounds across infinite levels (2)
Krakout HD – Various backgrounds across infinite levels (3)
Krakout HD – Various backgrounds across infinite levels (4)
Krakout HD – Various backgrounds across infinite levels (5)
Krakout HD – Multiplayer
Krakout HD – Takeout extra items
Krakout HD – Scoreboards
If you like addictive and enjoyable arcade games, this will be right up your street. There are more levels than you can ever play and various bonus items to hit, power-ups and more.
There have been block breaking games I’ve been well and truly glued to in the past. I think gameplay can be a little repetitive as levels are not broken up well, there’s no story mode or elements which makes progress interesting. That said, such games- Krakout included- can be both hypnotic and compulsive to play, certainly for short periods at a time.
The graphics are sharp, colourful and vivid. I think there are ‘better’ visualised apps out there, but these work very well with the game.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
The music in-app is great- mostly dance music which, while not going to be to everyone’s tastes, is pretty good for the game.