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Laser breakout is a rather strange fusion of the old 1980's arcade block destroying game, with a turn based strategic battle.
Each player starts with a number of blocks arranged in a line. Each turn, you pick one of your opponents blocks to targit with a number of weapons, ranging from the accurate but weak minilaser, to the massively damaging but inaccurate fire cannon. Should you hit, damage will be done and the hp of the blocks reduced eventually to zero.
The object of the game is to destroy all your opponent's blocks before he/she destroys all of yours. This is however more than just a matter of luck. Each of the weapons available has a different level of accuracy, of damage, and should it hit a different range of fire, for instance the mini laser will hit only three blocks wide but has a good chance of hitting and does midling damage, while the laser cannon will do significant damage to one block only and is quite inaccurate.
Stratogy is further complicated, sinse if the game is played in action mode, you can use a number of skills. To use these skills you'll require skill points which you get one of each turn, thus meaning you might have to wait before using some of the most powerful, however sinse skills include the ability to drane your opponents skill points, a lock on to give %100 acuracy with the next weapon, and various options to heal your blocks they add a hole dimention to the game.
The interface is fairly simple. On your turn, Move betwene your opponents' blocks with the left and right arrows, select a targit with the enter key, or select a skill with space bar (hit a to show skill points). To view your blocks, hit the tab key. One mildly confusing thing is that you'll see your opponents' number of skill points with the A key when looking at their blocks not yours, so to learn how many points you have, hit tab to view your blocks.
The game is self voicing using ms sapi, and has the option of playing against the computer on various sizes of field from a simple 7 blocks each, to a highly involved 35 should you want a long and tough battle. In the latest version, the ability to play across the internet has been added, along with the choice to play the game in a number of different languages. Note that when you hit enter on the "game with computer" option you'll need to enter your name and hit tab to begin.
The game also features some nice music and sfx for all the weapons and destroyed blocks, and best of all, it's free!
note though that the game is fully translated into English, the above link will lead to the developers' webpage which is in Japanese, so you will probably want to use the above download link to start downloading the game.
For an initially symple idea, Laser breakout is a huge amount of fun, especially when adding in the use of skills, and any fans of turn based battles should deffinately give it a go.
Updates: entry 25 Jan 17 and description 25 Jan 17