Pros: cheap, fun, addictive!!
Cons: you never know what button will come out of the brick :-)
OK, this is how I came across this game. See, I LOVE games that are shareware and I will download basically anything. I searched on Yahoo! and I came across DX-BALL. It was the shareware version which only had 5 levels and 5 boards per level and it did not have as many features as the new one, or DX-BALL 2. I beat a whole level in the shareware version and it said that I could purchase a version that had 25 boards per level. After playing about 1 hour, I was hooked! So I went and bought the full version.
You can change the background color to anything of your desire. By simply pressing F1, you can change the background to textured, half-bright or black. Textured has many different colors and can get bright at times. Half-bright has a dark color background that is very soothing. And a black background is simply black.
You can change the sound, the difficulty to normal or kid-mode, which is very easy. The swap audio can also be turned on and off and the size of the window which the game is played can be changed to full screen or any other size of you choice. The maximum number of players allowed is four. I do not recommend it because it makes the game go at a slower page and it makes it boring. It's fun only when you have two players, but not more than that.
When you play the game, you have to break certain types of bricks until there are not any left. Sometimes while you break a brick, something falls out. It could do you good or bad. Some things that fall out are through brick, which lets the ball go through the brick, not just hit one and come back down. Another thing is the fire ball, which breaks 4 or 5 bricks at a time, but it comes back. If you get fire ball and trough brick at the same time, you can do a quite of bit damage. Other things that fall down are the expand paddle and the shrink paddle. They do just what they say. You can get a shooting paddle which lets you shoot down the bricks. Sometimes, the extra life button comes down and you get an extra life or you can get the eight ball button and divide each ball that you have on the screen into eight balls. If you had two balls, they would multiply to sixteen. There are many more, but these were the main ones.
There are many types of bricks that you can break. Some take three hits to break, and some only take one. Sometimes there are fire bricks, which are linked together. When you hit one, all of the break. And if you get the expand exploding button, you make more fire bricks be born, and when you hit one, more of them break along with the normal ones. Also, there are invisible bricks. Those are really annoying. You might beat the whole board with no bricks left not only to find out that you have not hit all the invisible ones.
I do not know what happens at the end after all 25 boards are played and passed. I got to level 24 and died!! That made me so mad. I did not have any lives left and I died! I am mad to this day as you can see. If anyone has beat the game, please drop a comment and tell me what happens.
I recommend this game for people of all ages. There is no skill required. You only have to know how to move a mouse back and forth (I bet we all know how to do that). If you want any more information on this game, please leave a comment and I will get back to you. Thanks.