Ludum Dare 41: Paddle Pals

“Paddle Pals” by MorsDarkonius Mavakar & CosmicGem.

“Break bricks, solve puzzles, push blocks, hit switches and go through 12 levels that combine tight platforming level design with classic breakout action!”

This cute looking game didn’t just mix up the puzzle platformer genre with the “Breakout” mechanics, it also surprised me with its great level design! Mainly you control the metal ball character, which can jump and run around, but quite often you have to ‘call’ your paddle friend to you, so that he can shoot you into the air. That’s where the “Breakout” part comes to life: Whenever you hit a brick with the metal ball, it will destroy them – also you can just press the down arrow, so that it will break through glass, which often hides a gate-opening switch button.

The stages become more and more difficult over time: Electric enemies will stand in your way, defective power generators urge to zip you and quite often you must react fast and with a perfect timing to progress. That can be frustrating from time to time, but you’ll be intrigued to give a hardcore level another try for sure! All in all: A neat, challenging jam game with pleasing pixel art, which will brighten up your day. >>PLAY