nocturnsoft.com today is pleased to introduce Action Block Buster 1.0 for iOS, their version of the popular games Breakout and Arkanoid, played with a paddle/panel and ball. The goal of the game is to maneuver the panel to aim the ball and destroy all of the blocks on each level before the time runs out. Taking the action of classic console and arcade games to a new level, Action Block Buster features a panel surface that can move 360 degrees around the screen, power-ups, bonuses, and innovative playing fields. Players get two balls and 180 seconds to complete each level and advance to the next. Loaded with power-ups, bonuses, and varied play fields, Action Block Buster revolutionizes the brick breaking genre.
Players must employ ball control and strategy to complete the timed levels and advance in Action Block Buster. Players earn points and stars, enabling them to advance levels and gain achievements. Unlike other brick breaking games, where players navigate the panel from left to right, Action Block Buster players can move the panel a full 360 degrees around the play area, opening up the field and requiring players to not only keep the ball from escaping from the bottom of the screen, but also through exit points on the side of the play field.
A built-in physics engine calculates all Action Block Buster movements and collisions. When the ball hits the blocks, they do not just disappear, but instead a force is applied to them, repelling them and creating the opportunity for the ball to hit other blocks. Unique power-ups such as the Speed Ball power-up utilize this feature in gameplay by increasing the force upon a collision with a faster ball. The twin lasers of the Laser Panel power-up hit the blocks with a force resulting in consecutive hits of many nearby blocks, creating a powerful effect that can decimate whole areas.
The game offers 45 levels of increasing difficulty. Levels are organized in three Worlds containing 15 levels each. Each world brings its own appearance, theme, music, and animated backgrounds as well as unique game play twists. The Nebula World's outer space theme gives the player the feeling of traveling through a star field enclosed in a nebulae. Featuring space themed music and graphics, players must harness the power of gravity-influenced wormholes to reach otherwise closed off areas, and control its influence on changes to the path of the ball. The fast paced, rock music, Fire World takes place in a fiery, smoke-filled magma corridor. With many destructible rocks that catch fire when they are hit by a ball or another block, players must harness the power of flames to destroy blocks while taking care to not create dangerous holes in the side of the playing field. Skilled players reach the final, Rainbow World, the final and most difficult of the levels. This level's often-changing colorful background features rainbow-colored trails in the play area. Players in this World must navigate around malicious Malus Orbs, penalty producing power-downs that give players a smaller panel, slower ball, or less time to complete the level, etc. There are also Star Roads, or paths, which guide the ball to hidden and otherwise unreachable areas.
Action Block Buster contains 16 unlockable achievements, from easy - completing a level in under 25 seconds, to difficult - finishing all 15 levels of an entire world without losing your life. With a multitude of power-ups and hidden "Easter Eggs," or game cheats, Action Block Buster also rewards players for skilled game play. For example, when a player hits many blocks without the ball touching the panel, or when he or she hits and destroys a number of blocks consecutively with a single hit, the player is rewarded with power-ups and extra balls.
Action Block Buster has high-resolution, Retina display, 3D graphics with lighting, particle effects, and beautifully animated backgrounds. Action Block Buster is also backwardly compatible with older devices, such as the 2nd generation iPhone, automatically adjusting graphic effects to maintain optimal game play.
All leaderboards and achievements are automatically sent to Apple's Game Center service, allowing gamers to compete with players all over the world. Also, devices without Game Center support still benefit from global leaderboards, as the game uses its own remote score service to post scores to leaderboards in 13 different categories including Highest Score, Most Destroyed Blocks, Most Collected Power-ups, Most Consecutive Block Hits, Fastest Level Finish, and more. Players may also easily post achievements from the game to Facebook and Twitter.
- Fast and fun game with 360 degree playing field
- 45 challenging levels
- Access leaderboards through Apple's Game Center and more
- High resolution, innovative 3D graphics
- Power-ups, Rewards, Achievements, and Hidden Cheats for dynamic game play
"Action Block Buster transforms classic arcade brick breaking games into a 360 degree gaming adventure," stated nocturnsoft.com's Nico Siomos. "If you like Breakout and Arkanoid, you'll love Action Block Buster!"
Action Block Buster 1.0 is $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Review copies are available on request.
via PR Mac