The strategy to “beating” BlackBerry’s Brick Breaker game is this: just survive. Don’t worry about your score. Play conservatively until you’ve gone through all 34 levels — twice.
Why? Well, when you make it past all 34 levels, you start over on level 1 again, except the ball moves faster. But if you make it past all 34 levels twice, the ball moves slowly all the time. The game becomes much easier — permanently.
I call this point the Turn. Once you get past the Turn, you can run up your score and your number of lives as high as you like. In fact it doesn’t take any more skill to get a high score of 500,000 than of 50,000 — once you’ve gotten past the Turn, it’s just a question of how much time you want to spend playing and racking up points and lives.
Don’t be a hero, OK? Hit the ball with the center of your paddle, as opposed to the edges, whenever possible. Shots taken off the edge are more difficult to control, because they carom around the board at sharp angles.
Stay focused on the ball. Don’t lunge after falling capsules. Grab capsules only when you can reach them easily, and even then only when you’re sure they will help your cause.
Play sitting down. Hold the Blackberry with two hands. Don’t play in a bouncy train or car. Don’t play while talking to someone or after drinking 27 beers. And so on.
Remember: survival is the key to success. Play it safe. Once you get past the Turn, the game becomes much easier. Once you reach that point, you can play aggressively and rack up points without much effort. Until then, be careful.
Watch the Ball Speed
You must pay attention to BrickBreaker’s ball speed changes. There are two ball speeds in Brickbreaker: slow and fast. Simple eh? When the ball is moving fast, it’s much more difficult to control, so play more conservatively. When the ball is moving slowly, you can play more aggressively.
Know Your Capsules
Make sure you understand the properties of each BrickBreaker capsule. Each capsule has pros and cons. Some capsules will work well on one level but not another. I’ll go into this in more details in my BrickBreaker Level Walkthroughs.
Know How to Escape When You’re Trapped Under Bricks
Sometimes the bricks will have descended and you’ll find yourself trapped under them. Make sure you read my instructions on how to get yourself out of this situation. You need to know this if you’re going to get a decent high score, because there’s always some situation where you get trapped like this.