Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Kindle Fire Free App of the Day (September 3, 2014): Shards - the brickbreaker

Today's Free App of the Day is Shards - the brickbreaker
Originally $1.49

This is a game similar to Breakout, if you are familiar with that game. You have a paddle at the bottom of the screen and have to bounce the ball off the paddle and destroy as the blocks on the screen. The ball will bounce off the blocks and return to you, you need to keep the ball going.

There are various powerups (and powerdowns) that will fall. Some make the paddle bigger, give you a new life or make the ball slower or multiply balls. Some make the paddle smaller, destroy it (losing a turn) or make the ball faster. And other things. You earn stars based on the number of balls you use and the time it takes you to clear the screen.

The layouts are quite attractive. You can play the game in slow, normal, or fast. Your best time and number of stars for each level is recorded. Clearing a level unlocks the next level. Nice game.

I think there's a bit of a lag moving the paddle, and you need to be careful to place your finger slightly under the paddle or you can't see it! Other reviewers have commented on the lack of permissions.

There is a help screen that explains the powerups. You can turn off the music, sounds and "shariens" which are floating spheres that affect the ball. I've already spent too much time playing this game, so I give it five stars. :D

11 of 14 reviews are four stars and above.

These apps are compatible with the original Fire and with my Fire HDXs. To tell if an app works for your Fire HD or other Android device registered to your Amazon account, click on the above link and look on the right side of the web page.  Amazon will tell you if it will work with your registered device.

Have fun!

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