When we’re looking for new arcade games to feature here at Android Apps Review, we look for a few things. Most notably, they need to be fun. And if they happen to look phenomenal on top of that, then we’re even more excited about it. But if they can also introduce a novel concept, then hot dog! — we’re there in a heartbeat (no pun intended).
Heartbreak, from Cybearg, is just such an application. It’s a smooth mother with great looks, a lot to offer the causal gamer, and plenty of interactive action to boot. Not to mention you can start playing it now with no money down.
If that’s got your attention, then slide on down below the break for our full review!
Concept and Gameplay
The core idea behind Heartbreak bears a lot of resemblance to arcade games of yester year. However, this is not just a Pong rip-off. No, this is something wholly new, something entirely unique.
You’ll play the game with the classic ball and paddle mechanic. Swipe left or right on the screen to rotate your paddles. However, these paddles are arranged in a circle around a central heart.
To keep playing, you’ll need to match the color of your ball to the panels on the paddles. Every time you match them up, the ball rebounds and that panel is destroyed. Get rid of all the bricks, and you’re scot free.
However, this is no small feat. In fact, the longer you stay alive the more layers are added to your heart-shield. Eventually, you’ll be dealing with a complex network of colors, arrangements, and twists.
If you’re not paying very close attention, you’ll waste your additional lives (there are three of these, of course!) and you’ll be out a game.
We’re just glad that Heartbreak doesn’t make us pay a quarter every time!
Design and Graphics
Here’s where Heartbreak wins serious points. The game is simply stunning, and we cannot emphasize that enough.
The soft colors and matte aesthetic create an incredibly relaxing atmosphere, one that’s even complimented by the soundtrack. The developers have obviously spent a great deal of time crafting a unique, wholly engaging title.
As much as we love the gameplay itself, we also happen to like the controls, as well. It couldn’t be any simpler to navigate Heartbreak. In fact, one could learn the game in a matter of minutes, but it would take hours to fully master it. If not a whole lot more!
If you’re eager to get rolling with Heartbreak, you can download the full demo directly from the Google Play Store at no cost. This comes with a whopping load of gameplay, easily more than enough to give you a taste of the action. And if you’re eager to acquire the whole caboodle, the full version costs only a dollar.
Heartbreak is a wonderful game that demonstrates exactly what Indie development on the Android platform is about. It’s fun, easy to plan, and endlessly rewarding. We cannot recommend it enough, and we are sure we’ll be playing it for weeks to come.
Heartbreak requires Android 2.1 and up. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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