Plazmic Games Lineup Reviewed

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Meteor Crusher
Our mobile gaming friends at QuicklyBored.com who also happen to be Blackberry users had a chance to sit down and put the new Plazmic games from RIM through the paces, the following are their thoughts. Plazmic is a company bought by RIM in 2002 to facilitate cool content for the latest BB platforms – think of them as a second-party BlackBerry developer. Beyond releasing a SVG authoring tool to allow for dynamic animations on mobiles, Plazmic has also released a trio of free games for BlackBerry. These games have made a lot of noise around the BB-gaming crowd because they feature both vibration and sound (two things rarely found in the wasteland that is BlackBerry gaming), so we thought we’d give them a look-see.

Meteor Crusher

Meteor Crusher is a pretty standard Asteroids clone that doesn’t live up to the original (which is a shame, since the original Asteroids is older than both my illegitimate kids). As with all space-shooters, control is key, and that’s where Meteor Crusher fails first. Faithful QuicklyBored readers know my affinity for gaming on the BB 7100, because of the potential for superior controls over other mobiles due to the scrollwheel. For some reason, however, Plazmic chose a weird control combo involving the scrollwheel and keypad that is far too bunched together to be comfortable. It’s practically impossible to be moving, rotating and shooting at the same time, which is just point-blank stupid. Compounding this is the fact that your ship moves too slowly at first, but then quickly over-accelerates with a slight push of the gas. The whole thing just feels sloppy and results in a lot of accidental kamikaze action on unsuspecting meteors (which, by the way, happen to be the same color as your ship, making it very hard to see where you end and death begins).


Cheap deaths aside, surviving isn’t much fun either. To stay alive, you basically have to move at a snails pace, creeping towards the meteors as if you were gunning for a Splinter Cell-style stealth kill – gameplay that is the antithesis to shmups. Meteor Crusher boils down to shooting rocks and picking up powerups to shoot more rocks, which would be okay if it were fun, but it isn’t.

Plazmic’s highly vaunted sound and vibrational features hardly come into play here. The game vibrates only when you die, with the same force as if you were receiving a text message. The sound affects are innocuous enough that you won’t make the effort to turn them off, but the sad little melody that plays when you die only serves to underscore how stupid you were for downloading the game in the first place. Worse than being jettisoned into space.

  • ricardo

    you can control when the gun shoots by pressing the space bar.

  • ricardo

    you can control when the gun shoots by pressing the space bar.

  • Uh Hello

    just a comment on your gaming skills… you hit the SPACE BAR / BUTTON to shoot the little balls, much eaiser than waiting…

  • Uh Hello

    just a comment on your gaming skills… you hit the SPACE BAR / BUTTON to shoot the little balls, much eaiser than waiting…

  • danny

    is there any cheats for this game !?!?!?!?!?!?….

  • danny

    is there any cheats for this game !?!?!?!?!?!?….

  • William

    I actually really enjoy this game. Yes the controls are goofy, but once you get the hang of it, it’s quite enjoyable.

  • William

    I actually really enjoy this game. Yes the controls are goofy, but once you get the hang of it, it’s quite enjoyable.

  • tony

    Actually this game is so addicting. It is a fun game to play they should design one with even more levels!

  • tony

    Actually this game is so addicting. It is a fun game to play they should design one with even more levels!

  • Greg

    Like the original reviewer said, “the controls are clumsy”. I have killed myself main times by hitting the reverse thrust by mistake. I really don’t like about the game is between levels there is no recovery time. The screen comes and tells you that you have completed the phase, but once clear the screen the game picks up from where you left off which can be hazardous to your health. A little recovery time would be nice between phases. Once a phase is completed the game should reset you back to the middle of the screen. The game is addictive though.

  • Greg

    Like the original reviewer said, “the controls are clumsy”. I have killed myself main times by hitting the reverse thrust by mistake. I really don’t like about the game is between levels there is no recovery time. The screen comes and tells you that you have completed the phase, but once clear the screen the game picks up from where you left off which can be hazardous to your health. A little recovery time would be nice between phases. Once a phase is completed the game should reset you back to the middle of the screen. The game is addictive though.

  • Gonzalo

    Hi can i downlopad thsi game to load it to m,y BB via desktop manager?

  • Gonzalo

    Hi can i downlopad thsi game to load it to m,y BB via desktop manager?

  • Gonzalo

    Hi can i downlopad thsi game to load it to my BB via desktop manager?

  • Gonzalo

    Hi can i downlopad thsi game to load it to my BB via desktop manager?

  • SitiSaharaAssyikin

    no comment……………………………………………………