There's nothing new about the classic game of Breakout, but X Ball does a great job of adding features and extras to put new life into the game. In the first of many creative additions, you start with $1,000 to spend on power-ups such as the three-ball split, lasers, and the sticky paddle. Some of these we've seen before, but there are also power-ups that let you take aim at a group of bricks to make them explode; a vertical and horizontal smash for taking out whole rows of bricks; and a magnetic paddle to attract balls. Also, if you hit the wrong brick, enemies will float onto your screen to make play even more difficult. With 30 levels in the game and more than 250 user-created levels available, you'll never run out of new walls to break down. There's even a world editor in the full version to create your own. We found that even though this is a Breakout clone, there are enough new features to make this classic game fresh again.
X Ball is a cash-based, brick-out-style game, and anyone who has ever enjoyed classic brick-out will love this brand-new twist. You begin with $1,000, which slowly ticks down as you play. When it runs out, the game is over, so the faster you beat the levels the better. Power-ups can be bought with your funding and stored for later use, making timing and powerup combinations a key aspect of gameplay. There are 40 different powerups, too many different types of bricks to count, an assortment of enemies, 30 default levels, and an additional 650+ levels in the fast growing library of user contributed worlds! Moreover, a fully featured world editor makes it possible to create your own levels and submit them online for other X Ball users to download. Your levels get their own Web page, screen shots, download count, comments and ratings page, and all time high score list. Creating levels can be a game in itself. All classic brick-out fans should give this new game a try!
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