Game Review: Radial 50 360° Brick Breaker for iPhone

My first Brick Breaker game was on my Blackberry 8700…old. Then the iPhone came and the slew of brick breaker games on the App Store had me busy for hours.

Today I have a new brick breaker game called Radial 50 that is the most fun I have ever had with breaking bricks!

Radial 50 by Roundthird Interactive LLC

Radial 50 is intense. And not just entertaining intense. I mean intense, sweaty palms, intense.

The game changes the classic game mechanic of brick breaker games. Instead of looking down on your play area and breaking bricks above you, Radial 50 is a 360° challenge where your paddle spins around the bricks. The bricks all stay in the middle and your paddle is on the outside. Eliminate the bricks and you move onto the next stage.

However, if you clear a path to the center of the bricks, there is a diamond sitting there that when destroyed automatically sends you to the next stage with a nice time bonus.

Having your paddle on the outside completely changes the way the game is played. With most brick breaker type games, you only need to prevent the ball from falling down past your paddle. With Radial 50, the entire 360° circle is a hazard. Every time the ball touches the outside wall, you lose a single bar of health. Lose too many and the round is over but your health does regenerate over time, so you have to play smart.

During gameplay, there are various powerups and powerdowns that you can pick up but the catch is that you do not know what it is until you grab it. So you could activate a powerup and it could be a power ball eating away at all the bricks or it could be a powerdown and half your paddle. The game challenges you to adapt to quickly changing environments.

The controls are extremely simple. You just move your thumb up or down on either the left or ride side of the iPhone screen. The game has settings for lefties and righties, which is really nice to see. Aside from controls, the game comes packed with 50 stages, location based leaderboards, a really cool save/resume feature where you can push the Home button on the iPhone and the game saves automatically and my personal favorite, achievements!

Overall, this is the best brick breaker game I have played and naturally, I have become addicted to it. With simple controls, great visuals, challenging game play and a unique spin on the game type, Radial 50 will provide hours of game time.

Radial 50 is scored a 5 out of 5.

Radial 50 is available in the iTunes App Store for $0.99 ($0.99 until August 7, 2009).

You can also check out the Lite version (free) that has 3 stages instead of 50 as in the full version.

Give-Away!

Because I like this game so much, I am going to give away two copies today!

To win, comment below on your past experiences with Brick Breaker games. What you like, what you don’t like, what is innovative, etc!

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Winners chosen at random; Contest ends August 6, 2009 at 11:59PM PST.

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  • montymon

    Most brick breakers are too simplistic, this looks like it has potential!

  • Dusty

    Looks alright.

  • Bojamijams

    I remember loving brick breaker on the blackberry because the scroll wheel worked out perfectly for the controls. And it was about the only game on the blackberry that DID work with those controls.. worked well anyway.

    I played the hell out of that game any chance that I got. Would be very cool to try this out as it seems a lot more in-depth but even more fun

  • belami

    I still play an ageing java version of Brick Breaker on my mom's old Motorola V360!! Classic. It's simple, it's fun but unfortunately a little slow!

    I would love to see a 3-dimensional brick breaker that could be played on the x-y-z-planes. That would be LEGEN…..wait for it……DARY!!!!

  • MirthMage

    I remember doing a very entry-level stop-motion video– video cameras were too expensive at the time– for one of my classes in school. The objective was to turn something “regular” into something “regular, but that is different”…

    Enter Brick Breaker!

    I mounted a camera on the ceiling of our school's gym, recruited a whole bunch of friends to wear coloured clothes, and had a couple friends with white helmets. The friends in coloured clothes layed down on one side feet to head in lines. And the white helmets moved like the breaker ball. paddle was done with a person laying on the floor in white.

    Wasn't perfect, because people moved slightly between image snaps, but it was pretty good. Got a good mark. Too bad it took me forever to “film” and far far too long to edit together.

    Was worth it though, just to see my friends scurrying around on the floor of the gym.

    I wonder if there is anyone else who's claim to an “A+” was based on Breakout ™!

    Ahhh, memories.

    For my next trick, maybe space invaders? Uhm… no. 😉

  • That is the most epic thing I have ever heard. I'm trying to picture it and I bet it looked absolutely amazing.

    If you still have the raw footage, you should post that on the web!

  • tiramisu1

    This game looks fun. I like brick breaker games. I've played a lot of the traditional kind and sometimes I find it's a little too easy. This game adds another level of difficulty with the paddle being able to go around the whole 360 of the circle. I like that the game saves if you press the home button… all games should have this function!

  • MirthMage

    Thanks!

    Friends thought it was a blast, even though it took hours. Gym teachers thought it was great, as we cleaned the floor while moving around. Principal thought we'd lost our minds and came in with the intention to beat us all to death.

    It was a while ago, but I'm sure I have the footage somewhere… I'll go on the hunt this weekend.

  • sk19

    I remember playing old-school Arkanoid on my dad's mac. Black and white, but the part I remember the most is loading it up. The game came on 2 floppy disks but the computer had a single drive. So that meant having to swap the disks back and forth maybe 20 or 30 times to be able to get into the game. My, how times have changed!

  • Our winners:

    – Bojamijams

    – belami

    You have been contacted.
    Enjoy!

  • sk19

    I remember playing old-school Arkanoid on my dad's mac. Black and white, but the part I remember the most is loading it up. The game came on 2 floppy disks but the computer had a single drive. So that meant having to swap the disks back and forth maybe 20 or 30 times to be able to get into the game. My, how times have changed!

  • Ex

    Our winners:

    – Bojamijams

    – belami

    You have been contacted.
    Enjoy!