A downloadable game for Windows and macOS

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4 simultaneous players, physic-based ball behavior, more paddle control and boss battles. All presented in a consistent retro ‘8-bit’ aesthetic. This is a restoration of an arcade great with awesome improvements. This is Beautiful Bricks the ultimate 4 player brick breaker!

Features:

  • 1 - 4 simultaneous players
  • 230 levels and 15 challenging boss battles
  • Over 40 innovative power ups including Jet Pad (giving the paddle flight) and Wreck’n Ball (a giant ball that destroys anything in its path)
  • Play with keyboard, mouse or gamepad
  • Co-operative and competitive multiplayer modes
  • Special game modes: Endless, Boss Rush, Invader and Marathon
  • 8-bit style graphics and sound
  • Tracker .MOD style music
  • Locally savable high scores and achievements
  • Unlockable secrets and hidden content

More information at: www.ReadyWolf.com 
This game is also available on Steam: 810060/Beautiful_Bricks/ 

StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows, macOS
Release date 83 days ago
Rating
(3)
AuthorReady Wolf
GenreAction
Made withPhaser, Renoise, Piskel
Tags8-Bit, Arcade, Breakout, Colorful, Difficult, Local Co-Op, Local multiplayer, party-game, Pixel Art, Retro
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
LanguagesEnglish
InputsKeyboard, Mouse, Gamepad (any)
AccessibilityConfigurable controls
MultiplayerLocal multiplayer
Player count1 - 4
LinksSteam

Purchase

Buy Now$7.99 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $7.99 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:

Beautiful Bricks V1.10 Manual.pdf 2 MB
Beautiful Bricks Setup 1.1.1 Win.exe 76 MB
Beautiful Bricks 1.11 Portable Win.zip 96 MB
Beautiful Bricks-1.1.1.dmg 101 MB

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I found an impossible level to complete because the ball disappears before it can hit the brick below. I tried to aim for that. If you want those levels to be completed, then losing the ball would have to go completely out of bounds at the bottom. The N powerup, the nitro-ball actually pushed the level downward, which explains the ball being lost before hitting the bottom.
Either have the bottom most bricks destroyed by the nitro wrecking ball effect or have the ball be lost from reaching the bottom of the screen past the UI elements.

Also discovered a game breaking glitch involving operative and ice. For some strange reason, when the operative uses ice so many times, the game suddenly freezes, cannot pause the game yet my mouse can still move.

Thanks for the bug finding. I add this to my bug list to investigate. Thanks for letting me know 

Yep i see the problem. No worries that should be an easy fix. I thought when N pushed the level down. Bricks lower than the UI should be destroyed... obviously that didn't  happen so will look into this one. 

If you do find yourself for whatever reason in  an unpassable level a work  around is to pause the game and exit back to the main menu, the game will auto save your progress when you go to start a game again you can restore from the start of the level.  

Found another game breaking bug: Hitting the bomb block with paddle while moving, caused by a brick dropping red ship, makes it into a transparent dud. Making the level impossible to beat.

Thank you very much - will look into this one and add it to the list, nice to see you are playing on a Mac too!  

I am curious if you plan to include support for spinner controls, which is basically a 1 axis rotating mechanism found in various arcade titles.


I am having a good time by trying the online version before purchasing the full version. Looking forward to playing it out with several fellows when I have them.

Hello - yes i would love to make a custom spinner controller for the game. As far as i know there is no off the shelf spinner controller, so I have been thinking of making a USB one myself as i am lucky enough to have a few friends who understand the electronics. I have made my own game joysticks using micro controllers in the past.  

For these paddle based games using a spinner controls would greatly improve the game play! 

Do you get a steam key with purchase on Itch.io?

Yes i have just uploaded some Steam keys for this - every purchase gets a Steam activation code. 

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This game is a pretty nice reinvention of Arkanoid, it's very challenging and fun.

BTW, I became addicted to the music.

Thanks. I very much enjoy it myself and it is very challenging still trying to beat the master levels (super difficult levels you can unlock) on hard difficulty.

Interestingly I wrote most of the music over 10 years ago back then I didn't know how to program video games only knew about music. I revisited some of my old music and rearranged and reworked the songs to suit the game. 

Soundtrack is available on my band camp page

https://readywolf.bandcamp.com/album/beautiful-bricks-soundtrack

That's awesome!!!

BTW I wrote a review in spanish about Beautiful Bricks: https://retroorama.blogspot.com/2019/11/indie-review-beautiful-bricks.html

Love the review (I could read it using Google translate) you really cover everything and i'm glad my intentions for the game where understood by you and captured in the review.  

With CRT and Scanline filters are interesting suggestions and i think it would be possible to include a feature like that.

99% of the sounds in the game where created by me using an Alesis Micron synthesiser but i drew inspiration from sounds of the past to make them. The three sounds I didn't make were the dragon roars, a cheer effect and a whistle sample. But they are public domain sounds.  

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Yeah, I think add a bunch of retro flavoured screen filters would be awesome to the aesthetics.

Thanks for the compliments about the review. :)

Congratulations, Matt! Making a game is no mean feat, and Beautiful Bricks is a stunner! Looking forward to playing it this weekend.

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Thanks so much mate. Nice to hear from you and enjoy the Beautiful Bricks!

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Hey Ricochet thanks for the message. I haven't put it up on Steam yet. Will let you know once its actually on there. I have made lots of improvements since the trailer came out and will have to re-do the trailer and get the game out to the public.

The biggest difference is now your paddle can jump at anytime which gives you a lot more control and freedom.

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Hey m5. Ok so maybe its taken a little longer but Beautiful Bricks is finally on Steam! Ha things sometimes take longer than we hoped!

A link to the steam store: https://store.steampowered.com/app/810060/Beautiful_Bricks/