The classic Breakout / Arkanoid formula meets RPG in this budget-priced retro arcade action title
Among the earliest arcade games I played, Breakout and an array of variants on its formula, retains a place in my old-school heart. There’s no doubt that Arkanoid, a game showing up quite a bit later, really took the brick-breaking to another level, introducing power-ups and a variety of other now staple features in the subgenre. Now, with Wizord, you get all of that classic gaming goodness, but you can add RPG elements to the mix, complete with a bit of adventure and upgrades you can earn, that yet again advance what a brick breaker can be, and all at a budget-focused price. Rather than try to make the case for or against the subgenre (it is what it is) I’ll focus on the details, those that there may be. Its biggest weakness is absolutely the controls, which are unfortunately digital and generally a bit on the clumsy side. The decision to omit touchscreen support is particularly odd, as this would seem to offer the ideal more analog control method to the table, but it is what it is. What it really comes down to is whether you’re down for some classic brick breaking mixed with RPG-ish progression for what’s essentially pocket change. If you enjoy this style of game at all, it’s absolutely worth picking up.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.0]