From Sega Retro
|Developer: Sega AM1|
|System(s): Sega System SP, iOS, iPad|
|Number of players: 1|
Brick People, known as Block People (ぶろっくぴーぽー) in Japan, is a 2009 arcade game by Sega. The game was ported to iOS devices for release in Autumn 2011, making use of the touch screen instead of physical bricks. It has since been removed from sale on iTunes.
Brick People is a puzzle game in which the player uses physical building blocks to control the on-screen action. The goal of each stage is to enable the Brick Heads to eat a specified number of items which are located at various points on the screen. This is achieved by placing blocks on a shelf in front of the screen, enabling the Brick Heads to reach greater heights. Occasionally, the Brick Bully will destroy your blocks, forcing you to rebuild from scratch. Some items have special properties, such as the opposed pair of chili peppers and water, which cause the Brick Heads to heat up and cool down respectively.
If the Brick Heads eat the required number of fruit before the time limit, the player proceeds to the next stage. After certain stages, the player is given the opportunity to try a bonus stage to win extra time. This takes the form of building a shape indicated on screen within a time limit. If the time limit expires, the game is over. At the end of a game, the machine dispenses a number of tickets based on the player's performance.
The game's bricks are detected using an infra-red sensor behind the projection monitor. The bricks are all 1x2 game units, each with six infra-red circles located on its sides (two on each long side, one on short sides). The use of established technology allowed for an unusual control method without making the cabinet prohibitively expensive. The stacking platform is able to tilt, in order to shake off bricks when the Brick Bully destroys the player's structures, and to prevent it being used outside of the game.
The game's brick bin is permanently open to allow for quick access to bricks and to confine them during destruction sequences. Unfortunately, this means that the bricks are also completely unprotected from thieves.
- Official website on Sega.jp (Japanese) - arcade version
- Official website on Sega.jp (Japanese) - iOS version
- Official website on Sega.com
- Brick People on iTunes: JP, UK, US (offline)
- http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brick-people/id399543724?mt=8 (archived: 2011-10-11 13:56)
- http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brick-people-hd/id407702727?mt=8 (archived: 2011-10-28 18:45)