Editors' reviewTaking the classic game of Breakout and turning it on its ear, Ricochet is outstanding arcade fun. There's no learning curve--just keep the ball bouncing and blast away the space-age bricks. A vast collection of board patterns and uniquely behaving blocks keep the simple game from going stale. The slick 3D graphics and thumping electronic soundtrack keep things lively as well. The most addictive aspect of the game, however, is the vast array of power-ups. Any busted brick could unleash a bomb, laser gun, or fireball to get the job done that much faster. The only big downside is that the game is save-disabled, meaning you have to start with the beginning rounds each time you play.
Inspired by classic arcade games such as Arkanoid and Breakout, Ricochet takes brick-busting to a new level. Armed to the teeth with a variety of power-ups (both good and bad), guide your shielded ship back and forth, destroying the bricks with an ion sphere. Ricochet also tracks statistics for each player, allowing you to compete not only for score, but also for completion time, ball speed, and career totals. These statistics can be exchanged over the Internet in a master high scores list or in private groups you create to compete against your friends and family.