Alleyway is a responsive Breakout clone w/ the same stripped down aesthetic as Game Boy's Tetris.
logicalfrank wrote this review on .
This hard, fast simplicity is what makes the game so addictive. There are a few different level designs presented in groups of threes. Each design first shows up as a simple static level then as the same design only scrolling side to side (sometimes w/ different rows rotating in different directions) and finally as the most difficult version where the bricks move down the screen towards your paddle. Every three levels there is a bonus round and extra points eventually get you extra lives. The first levels are a synch but get more difficult on a subtle and slow curve. I might complain that there is no password system to get past the first few levels but the very repetition, the fugue state of watching and reacting to that infinitely bouncing ball running again and again into bricks w/ no background music, is what draws you in. It is not so much difficult is it is easy to make mistakes and all but the most focused games will wind up seeing the first levels dozens of times before they can expect to see the last.
I am not sure if at the end of the day this game is more fun or frustrating but the controls are perfectly responsive so every mistake you make is your own. If you want any kind of flash, you'll probably want to look elsewhere but if you're the kind of person who likes simple games which give you a chance to challenge yourself and beat your own best scores, this will have you seeing bricks and bouncy balls in your sleep.