At first look, Break-Thru! isn't too impressive. Begin to play it, though, and the magic of Alexey Pajitnov surfaces. Pajitnov created Tetris, among other classic puzzle games, and he has another great one in this addicting puzzler.
BreakThrufs concept is deceptively simple. You must clear a wall of colored blocks before time runs out. You eliminate the blocks by clicking on groups of two or more same-colored blocks.
As you eliminate blocks, they fall and slide into new positions, and new blocks and special items drop in from above. The problem is, you're often left with a collection of mismatched blocks. And therein lies this game's strategy.
- Save the block that eliminates all the same-color blocks until you really need it
- Avoid creating tall towers of single blocks. They're the toughest to eliminate.
With respect to the graphics and sounds, BreakThru!'s nothing special. The backgrounds that are hidden by the blocks aren't especially eye-catching, and the tiny power-ups, such as the sticks of dynamite, are hard to identify. The blocks slide and move nicely, though, adding to the appeal of the puzzle action.
BreakThrul's controls are a snap to learn, and the game's simplicity is what makes it so absorbing. Child mode is great for beginners, and one- and two-player modes, including two-player cooperative gameplay, lend plenty of variety for puzzle fanatics. Pajitnov strikes again!
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In the award-winning tradition of Tetris, comes BreakThru! This time, your goal is to make as many bricks disappear as you can before time runs out. Click on a group of same-colored bricks to remove bricks and make the wall come tumbling down