There are a few key Brick Breaker tips to improving your high score. The most important thing to know is the proper BrickBreaker game strategy, which basically involves staying alive until you make it through all 34 levels (twice).
One of the most important tactics you can use to improve your chances of survival is to watch out for the ball speed changes during the game. There are two ball speeds in Brickbreaker: slow and fast. Simple eh? As you might imagine, when the ball is moving fast, it’s much more difficult to control. When the ball is moving fast, play more conservatively. When the ball is moving slowly, you can play more aggressively.
First Pass Through 34 Levels
On your first pass through the 34 BrickBreaker levels, the ball will start out moving slowly. Since the ball is easier to control during this time, take the opportunity to destroy any low-hanging bricks and dislodge any easily accessible capsules.
After bouncing around for a while, the ball will suddenly transition to a faster speed. Shortly thereafter, the bricks will start to descend every time your paddle makes contact with the ball. During this period, the ball is more difficult to control, and the difficulty is compounded by the descending bricks. While this is happening, play conservatively and try to send the ball up to the top of the board where it can bounce around for a while.
Once the ball has bounced off the walls and bricks a certain number of times, it will slow down and remain slow for the rest of the level. At this point, it’s much easier to finish off the rest of the level.
I’ve found the changes in speed occur after the ball makes a certain number of bounces off the bricks and walls. This makes the Multi capsule very important – more on that in a minute. The BlackBerry help menu states that the change in speed occurs after you hit the ball with your paddle 50 times on any level, however I’ve found this definitely isn’t true. I think that the speed transitions occur after the ball hits any surface about 50 times.
Note: if you lose a Life, the cycle will repeat itself! The ball will start slow, then speed up, then become slow again.
Second Pass Through 34 Levels
On your second pass through the 34 levels, the ball starts out moving fast. Also, the bricks will immediately start descending every time your paddle makes contact with the ball. As before, play conservatively and avoid sharply angled shots while the ball is moving fast.
After a certain number of bounces, the ball will slow down and will remain slow for the rest of the level. This means patience is key. Just try to stay alive until the ball slows down. Once the ball slows down, it’ll be easier to clear out the level. You should still remain conservative though, because if you lose a Life, the ball starts out fast again.
Third Pass Through 34 Levels…And Beyond
On your third pass, the ball will start out moving slowly, and it will stay slow for the whole level. In fact, the ball never moves fast again, no matter how many times you go through the levels. (Except, counter-intuitively, if you pick up the Slow capsule). That’s why if you want to post a big high score your strategy should be to make it past 34 levels twice: it’s much easier to score points when the game is easy!