Impact is an old break-out style game. The user controls a paddle and needs to catch a ball with the paddle each time it comes down. When the ball hits a brick, it is destroyed (unless it's made undestroyable). Sometimes, a bonus will come out of the brick. This adds to the 'bonus score'. When the player collected one or more bonuses, he may 'release' them, and he receives a powerup. Each 'bonus score' has a different powerup: the most powerful powerups need the largest number of bonus points. Impact comes with a lot of levels and a level editor.
Block Buster! is a decent Breakout clone from Mindscape. Nothing much to say about this one, except that it introduces an interesting way of giving you bonus items: as a menu on the right hand side of the playing screen. This lets you choose bonus items as opposed to just waiting for a random one to show up.
Unfortunately, despite an interesting bonus menu and crisp EGA graphics, where it matters most - that is, the actual gameplay - Block Buster! pales besides Arkanoid and other classic Breakout games of the same period. There are simply too few bonus items, and the level designs are too boring or mundane to hold anyone's interest for long. Recommended only for die-hard Breakout fans who can't get enough paddle action. Otherwise, ignore this average game and check out many better games in this subgenre on this site instead.
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