Robots are the future! They are hard-wearing, intelligent, and don’t answer back. We all think of robots as advanced objects, but what happens if they are basic and can only perform limited tasks? Blitz Breaker lets you take control of a simple droid where your only goal is to escape.
Developed by Boncho Games and Ratalaika Games and published by Eastasiasoft Limited, this is a retro puzzle platform title. The protagonist must jump and dash his way around a maze of obstacles and traps. With limited health, death is never far away. The delightful pixel art style transports you to early console gaming, and the concept is simple to understand. You must move quickly, avoid the spikes, and find the exit.
Blitz Breaker is straightforward and addictive.
With over one hundred handcrafted levels and hectic gameplay to tackle, this can be played casually. I instantly feel for its old-school charms and set out to beat each stage. The aim is to collect coins that bolster an ever reducing score. If you reach the exit with the required points, you’ll be rewarded with a star. This is it, nothing complicated, just good old-fashioned addictive action.
Here’s the twist, Blitz the robot can’t walk! He must dash in four directions, only stopping when he collides with an object. You will plan your approach, working out routes that avoid being killed while getting to the exit as quickly as possible. It sounds easy, right? It is, mostly, but it requires a cool head and razor-sharp reactions. Pull the trigger too early and you’ll be in the spikes. Hit the wrong direction on the analogue stick, you guessed it…. death!
The difficulty builds and builds.
Blitz Breaker balances its difficulty perfectly. The opening world acts as a tutorial to familiarise yourself with the fundamentals. You’ll experience; magnetism, sprawling stages, circular saws, bullets, and more from here. The challenge increases, however, Blitz remains the same simple robot. Spaces become dangerously tight, and one false move could be your last. It’s frustratingly brilliant, it will make you scream, but you’ll be smiling at every stage.
Each world culminates with a big boss level. Unlike other platform titles, Blitz Breaker asks you to run, not fight this mechanical beast. You’ll make error after error as you try to evade its grasp. It follows the same mechanics for the standard level, but the added pressure of being chased makes it considerably harder. What is also challenging is the secret “warp” levels that you can attempt. These dark and eerie stages up the ante by adding more traps and expecting a higher level of precision. They are not impossible, but they stand out from the standard levels because of the challenge they pose.
Blitz Breaker is a colourful pixelated title.
With so many games pushing consoles and PCs to their limits, it’s nice when you get a basic title to play. Blitz Breaker has a wonderfully retro aesthetic that’s pleasant to look at. With its vibrant colours, simple art style, and cute sprites, you’ll enjoy what you see. The early stages lack complexity and this may disappoint some players. However, as you progress, the levels quickly become larger and more difficult to navigate.
There are no surprises in how the audio is presented. The synthesised soundtrack is sharp, basic, but adds to the atmosphere. The upbeat music inspires you to act quickly and recklessly. You’ll push yourself to the limit as you attempt to navigate the traps as fast as possible. The music matched the theme perfectly and was a well thought out element.
Two game modes and cosmetics to unlock.
Accuracy is key to being successful, so it was a shame that the movement only covered four plains. The lack of flexibility makes completing some stages very challenging, which will frustrate most gamers. The simplicity of the control setup ensures you’ll know how to play this quickly. However, practice and a good memory are needed to finish this title.
Precision platformer games are renowned for getting under your skin, Blitz Breaker is no different. Its addictive gameplay and requirements to be perfect will keep you playing. With two game modes to experience, plenty of stars to get, and cosmetics to unlock, there is a lot to do. The achievement list is small and will take around two hours to complete.
Blitz Breaker is a fun and challenging old-school title.
The simplicity risked making this far too easy, yet Blitz Breaker pushes you all the way. With limited controls and tight spaces, you’ll have a difficult time collecting every star. I enjoyed it and recommend you to buy it here! Blitz wants to escape but needs help to find the exit. Do you have the skills to assist him?