The premise of Breeze is simple, guide your flower to the exit without it coming to any harm. You can do this either by swiping your finger across the screen to provide a ‘breeze’ (hence the title) or by using the phone’s accelerometer to guide the flower to safety.
Although the start of the game is easy to use with your fingers, around half-way through you’ll need to utilise the accelerometer. Certain levels require a build up of speed are simply impossible to achieve using your finger to push the flower along. Frustratingly to make the switch you have to begin your progress again. If you’re starting the game from scratch you should simply use the accelerometer from the start.
Once you get the controls nailed you will find the game to be far more enjoyable than an initial impression might give. However, the earlier levels are more enjoyable than the later ones, which become a bit of a grind.
Some levels are quite unforgiving and repeatedly seeing your delicate little flower smashed to pieces on the various walls, plants or spikes becomes immensely frustrating. Sadly it’s not really matched by a sense of achievement when you do manage to get through a level and towards the end you may find yourself trying to blast through just to get the achievement for completing the game, which is never a good sign.
Speaking of which the achievements are pretty easy and the majority of them will be picked up automatically as you progress through the game. The only difficult one concerns discovering a secret level. It’s not too difficult to find out where it is online but it is one of those frustrating achievements where it feels like you’d never find it ordinarily without some ‘help’ from the internet. The Halo skulls are a classic example of this type of Easter Egg.
If bagging easy achievements is your thing then you’ll certainly want to play Breeze, but don’t expect them to guide you towards different aspects of the game, they’re all pretty much rewarded for getting to a set level or doing things you’d have to do anyway to get to the next level.
If you like accelerometer games then you’ll find a lot to enjoy in Breeze, however it does feel like it runs out of puff towards the end.
You can download Breeze for free from the Windows Phone marketplace here.