More fun with the bouncing ball

The Brick Breaker Free game has been a staple for about as long as phone games have been around. You know the idea: It’s like Pong, but with obstacles. But Aces 3D Brick Breaker quite literally offers a new perspective on the old standby by changing the player’s view of the bouncing ball. Despite the game’s name, there are no 3D glasses required here, just an open mind. Instead of moving a platform underneath a wall of bricks, players are tasked with guiding the path of a ball that’s coming at you head-on that can be deflected by using a paddle you control with your finger.

Fast-paced but with a shallow learning curve, the game is also impressive because of the way the ball interacts with different terrain. A ball bouncing off a curved surface, for instance, behaves differently from one coming straight off a flat wall. The makers of the game have also hidden gems and pitfalls in the broken bricks. Players can sometimes unearth upgrades (alas, they last for a limited time) such as a laser beam that breaks blocks up in no time. But look out for traps, too, such as a spiked ball that can break your paddle.

Aces 3D Brick Breaker app (APP STORE)

The game’s a great way to pass the commute, since it’s easy to leave in the middle of a level. Just don’t get so engrossed in arcing that perfect shot that you miss your stop. Free version on Android, iOS, BlackBerry.

Hayley Tsukayama