For years, BrickBreaker iPhone apps were always a pale imitation of the original, classic BlackBerry version of the game. But that’s all changed now, ever since an app called Classic BrickBreaker was introduced by a developer named Solomon Sapiro.
I’ve only spent about 1 hour testing the new version of the game, but I find it a faithful reproduction of the original BrickBreaker.
As per the game’s listing in the app store:
This iOS remake of the old classic BrickBreaker offers an authentic experience of the original game, anatomically correct down to every pixel, movement, and feature.
Thanks to Vince and Oliver for alerting me to this iPhone version of BrickBreaker. Vince has played it extensively (including a 20 million+ point game!) and had this to say about the iPhone version compared to the original BlackBerry version:
The game app developed by Solomon Sapiro differs from the original Blackberry game in a few ways, the most significant being that:
After the “the Turn”, i.e., the 3X through and all subsequent times, the ball starts out kind of slow, (and the bricks drop each time the ball strikes the paddle), but after ~ 50 bounces, the ball speeds up for the next 50 or so strikes.
This make the game much more difficult than the original game.
Another positive thing about the iPhone version of BrickBreaker is it saves your game progress. On the BlackBerry, if your phone ever reset, your high score progress would be lost. With the iPhone version, your progress is retained! Sweet.
You can find Solomon Sapiro’s Classic BrickBreaker by searching for it in the App Store.