Updated: Reflexion Review

In our initial review of Reflexion, our major issues were a lack of content and the omission of online scoring. Well, version 2.0 addresses both of these in top-notch style.

The most interesting part of this update is a level editor that allows players to create their own content and share it with the world. The editor, located on Facebook, gives you full reign of every aspect included in the game, including the ball’s starting point, where power-ups are, colors, and all that good stuff. You can also playtest your levels directly in the game before publishing them for the world to see. Published packs can be downloaded and rated through an in-game browser. The Slide To Play pack can be found here.

This brings us to the other major feature in the update: online scoring. All of the existing level packs, as well as any downloaded online, sport their own leaderboard. Now you can challenge your friends to beat you at your own game!

With these substantial additions to an already unique game, your purchase of Reflexion is a no-brainer. We’ve awarded it our highest score.

As the breakout genre continues to expand on the App Store, more developers are beginning to tweak the concept to build a new experience for the gamer. Reflexion is a great example. Its innovative gameplay, which involves ‘drawing’ the paddle, kept us hooked for hours.

Reflexion’s main attraction is its unique, unconventional gameplay. Instead of moving a paddle along the bottom, you can draw one anywhere you wish. You can shake the device to slow down the ball for a period of time, although this drains your points. The controls are simple and work well, meaning just about anybody can pick up and play.

The game has two distinct modes: Arcade and Puzzle. Arcade is just what you would expect — You play from level one until you run out of lives, at which point you are prompted with your high score and see how it stacks up with previous scores. But what really makes this game special are its ‘puzzles.’ These vary from familiar pictures to extremely involved and difficult formations. Yet, as cool as they are, there are only 25. The lack of content — plus the omission of high scores for this mode — hampers the game’s overall value. Still, it should be enough to keep you busy for a couple of hours.

Reflexion’s weakest point is its lack of online scoring, which is a must when it comes to games where you are playing for a score. Without this feature, we did not feel motivated to keep playing more than a few times. After all, trying to top your own score only stays fun for so long.

Although it has a couple of issues regarding high scores and content, Reflexion still is one of the most unique and polished brick breakers on the App Store.

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