The final frontier?

With puzzle games generally falling under one of several categories, it can be hard for developers to bring something unique to the table. When thinking of genres that tend to offer gamers replay value, puzzle games and RPGs seem like pretty good candidates.

AlphaBounce is based on the popular Web game of the same name. With similar gameplay mechanics to that old Atari classic, Breakout, this puzzle game from Motion Twin and Mad Monkey Studio incorporates RPG-style elements, making it a unique blend of genres.

Players take control of an intergalactic prisoner of a mining corporation as they explore an endless universe, searching for a way back to Earth. Various items will be hidden throughout the galaxy and it's up to you to use these items to modify your spaceship and improve your stats. The game will feature over 100 upgrades for you to equip; that's if you can find them first! There's also 40 different types of bricks to encounter, with different side-effects to deal with. If you manage to blast your way through them, you just might be in with a chance of escaping.

AlphaBounce is currently scheduled for release on the 9th April in Europe and Australia, with a USA release on 12th April. Stay tuned for the announcement of the price-tag, as well as a review just after the game's release. To check out the teaser trailer, head over to the official game Web site.