No, not just another Breakout clone, for this game by Reflexive Entertainment is one of the most original brick-busting games yet. You start with a tutorial that slowly teaches you about all the options and strategies: once done with this you're in for a treat! |
The first thing you will notice is the spectacular graphics and high amount of detail, a real feast for the eyes. A constant adrenaline rush as you launch fireballs, shoot all kinds of weapons, avoid falling bombs, release captured balls, use safety nets, and so on.
The beauty of Ricochet, aside from the visuals, is the structure of the levels. You'll see that there are two ways of completing a level, one is to simply bust brick, and one is to reveal the idea behind the level, the idea being a trigger structure. The triggers in this game are outstanding. On-off based switches, changeable bricks attributes, various kinds of chain reactions, shockwave effects, shaped bricks that change the course of your ball, shaped screens that redirect balls, and even bricks BELOW you. All these things give the game a strategic aspect. Lots and lots of fun with this one, two thumbs up!
Note: To make things ever better, Reflexive later released forty more levels to add to the existing 170, as well as a smart sound add-on (the music will pick up pace as the action does!) and last but not least a huge graphics add-on (almost as big as the game) for sharper more detailed art, all for free :). There are also more games in the series now though the official site is down so you'll have to look elsewhere.
Reviewed by: Itay Shahar