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BreakQuest Extra Evolution (PSMinis) Review

 
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At A Glance...
 

Formats: PSMinis - Compatible with PS3, PSP, and PSVita
 
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Final Score
8.0
8/ 10


User Rating
2 total ratings

 

We liked?


Colorful graphics
Unexpected mechanics

Not so much?


Sometimes difficult to discern tile from environment


Final Fiendish Findings?

BreakQuest Extra Evolution is a game that offers hours of gameplay (significantly dependent on your skill level, naturally). There are a ton of different levels, arranged into stages that each have their own boss fight at the end. The levels are colorful, bright, and interesting to look at, not to mention figuring out the mechanics of each one. For a very small price tag, you get a whole lot of game – and it’s worth every penny.

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Posted October 25, 2012 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

This game is psychedelic, man.

Whether you think it has a 1950’s sci-fi vibe, or more of a ’70’s disco groove going on, BreakQuest Extra Evolution is like the Rorschach test of video games. With trippy colors, wild shapes, and all kinds of weird reactions going on, you’ll spend just as much time trying to figure out whether one level more resembles Gary from Spongebob or the villain from Samurai Jack. One level’s eye popping orange and purple seems to have taken a direct influence from my daughter’s unfortunate dance uniform, and another seems to be ripped right off the set of Laugh In. Whatever else you can say about BreakQuest Extra Evolution, they certainly put in the time to make the levels unique, and in more ways than just the colors.

As you might have guessed from the name, BreakQuest Extra Evolution is a breakaway style game. The object is to bounce your ball off the tiles in the design in order to clear them all away, without losing your ball to the abyss. It’s pretty standard stuff, and a game style that’s as old as most of us. So it’s hard to think of ways to revitalize and modernize the game without losing the things that have kept it popular for so many years. BreakQuest Extra Evolution does this well in a lot of different ways. From a variety of wild power ups to trippy environment features that affect the ball in unexpected ways, this is a game that seems entirely new, without losing the charm of the simple breakaway style game.


The biggest difference between BreakQuest Extra Evolution and your traditional breakaway style game is that the tiles (which most of the time are not even tiles) both look and act much differently from the standard “hit the blocks once or twice and they disappear type of game. One of the more challenging aspects of the game is that it is hard at first to even figure out what parts of the design are breakable tiles, and which are just background images. The colors are vibrant and strong on both, and things that look like part of the background often end up to be things you may need to hit multiple times to break.

Some of the more challenging examples of this are things like balls on string. When hit, they spin around, making it both harder to hit them again and likely that your ball will get smashed into the abyss by an errant swing. Some levels might have arms that spin around that aren’t breakable, making it extremely difficult to hit tiles above or to the side of them. It becomes a matter of perfect timing to angle your ball just right to avoid the swinging arms while still managing to hit those last few tiles….or a matter of perfect luck to snag a rocket power up that can blast that tile away with no balls needed.

Like traditional break away, you get three balls per level, and you have start over again if you lose them all. There is a rechargeable safety net of sorts, that you run along the bottom of the screen to catch flyaway balls. It is on a timer though, so while it is definitely a help in more challenging levels, it won’t be an all the time solution.

The biggest advantage you have in BreakQuest Extra Evolution is the many power ups available to you. They range from really great ones like the aforementioned rockets to multi balls to different ball shapes to some not so great ones like a shrunken paddle, so not only do you have to try frantically to snag those power ups without losing your furiously bouncing ball, you also have to pay attention to make sure you are picking up power ups that you actually want.

BreakQuest Extra Evolution is a game that offers hours of gameplay (significantly dependent on your skill level, naturally). There are a ton of different levels, arranged into stages that each have their own boss fight at the end. The levels are colorful, bright, and interesting to look at, not to mention figuring out the mechanics of each one. For a very small price tag, you get a whole lot of game – and it’s worth every penny.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)