BreakQuest (PC)

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Graphics: 9.50
Sound: 9.50
Gameplay: 9.50
Replays: 9.00

At first, BreakQuest seems like nothing more than a standard BreakOut clone. But after you start playing it for awhile, you realize that this is no mere clone. BreakQuest could indeed be the true evolution of the classic game.

This re-imagining of BreakOut looks gorgeous. Everything looks great, and there are a lot of different colors used. In fact, so much so that sometimes you won’t be able to see your ball because of how many things are going on at once. There is no slowdown at all, which is crucial in a game of this type, and any load times are minimal, allowing you to play consistently with little wait.

BreakQuest includes a professional soundtrack done by Maniacs of Noise. Not only does this mean that the music is above the quality of other games of this type, but also that there is a lot of variety. Most levels have a different theme, and the music is catchy. While music doesn’t make a game, the soundtrack in BreakQuest certainly helps keep you in the game, and doesn’t get in the way. Sound effects are also well done.

BreakQuest includes two main modes of play, Quest and Arcade. Quest includes all of the levels in the game, but you must unlock them one by one by collecting keys after beating levels. Arcade mode is similar, but allows you to set various options such as difficulty. Various power-ups are included, and some of them make the game harder. Weapons such as GPS missiles and mines will help you out, while other effects such as drunk ball and high octane will make things harder to control, and also show off the game’s impressive physics engine.

Every level shows variety, so you won’t get bored anytime soon. Targets sway and move positions as you hit them, so in a sense you’re morphing the level as you take out whatever it is you’re trying to break. With this kind of variety, replay value is high, and you’re not likely to get bored for a long time.

BreakQuest truly is an evolution on the classic BreakOut formula. With variety in every level, you’re unlikely to get bored with this one for a long time. This is easily one of the best shareware games this year, and an impressive effort from Nurium Games. BreakQuest can be purchased for $19.99 from http://www.nurium.com.

Overall Rating: 9.50

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