The casual game genre on mobile devices is something to be reckoned with. Some might even argue that it has changed the face of gaming forever. Now, a retired grandparent can spend just as much time playing a video game as a teenager and no one questions the coolness of either party.
BricksItOut is one of those casual games built simply for mindless fun. You don’t need fast action or puzzle solving skills. You just need a few minutes of time and a desire for distraction.
The game has four different modes, one-way, two-way, reverse one-way, and reverse two-way. To start of, try out one-way, just to get the hang of things, but that game is way too easy to keep you occupied. That is the level of gaming you can participate in while caring for an infant.
In one-way mode, players are given a color swatch and a directional arrow. Below that is a group of five color swatches. One of colors in the group matches the one above. Your job is to swipe across that particular color in the direction that the arrow indicates. So, if the display shows blue/left, swipe the blue swatch to the left. You start with 60 seconds on the clock and gain one second for each correct swipe. Once your 60-seconds is up, your game is over. Pretty simple.
You are also given five seconds to swipe the correct color or it will disappear. You will hear an error sound and a new color swatch and arrow will appear.
In two-way mode, you have two colors with two arrows. The fun in this mode is that if you are not careful, you will forget about one of the colors and, after five seconds, you’ll lose your chance. There are also plenty of reasons to make a mistake, like swiping the wrong direction because it starts to get confusing.
In reverse mode, players must swipe in the opposite direction of the arrow. Needless to say, this becomes a twisted mess if you aren’t paying attention.
The game offers eight different color patterns and music and sound effects can be switched off. It is advertisement supported and there does not appear to be any way to pay to remove them.
It is a simple game that doesn’t require a lot of skills. However, you may find that it is just the right amount of fun to keep you busy for a few minutes when you need it.
BriksItOut is available on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch for free. Download it in the App Store today.
What do you think of this simple casual game? Is it your type of title?