A better way to break the ice

Amazing Breaker is an arcade physics puzzler that challenges you to fling bombs into ice sculptures with a slingshot.

Amazing Breaker is an arcade physics puzzler that challenges you to fling bombs into ice sculptures with a slingshot.

Amazing Breaker's slingshot schtick is not unique, but this app's combination of quick-playing levels, increasingly complex gameplay, and high-res graphics sets it above most physics puzzlers. In each new level, you slingshot a series of bombs up into an ornate ice sculpture, and you have to smash 90 percent of the sculpture to progress to the next level (smash 95 percent for two stars, 100 percent for three). The complexity comes in as you decide how and whether to bank bombs off the sides and top of the screen, and how you choose to array four different types of bombs in order, including "split" bombs (tap to divide into three bomblets) and "ghost" bombs (which you can maneuver as they pass through the sculpture). Add to this the occasional timed power-up and the ability to set up chain reactions if you can set off bombs near one another, and Amazing Breaker's levels can quickly become devilish brain-teasers that reward thoughtful play and arcade reflexes.

If you're a fan of physics puzzlers, Amazing Breaker is a cut above and a worthwhile download--and you can start out with the free version, which lets you try out the game's first 16 levels.

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