The options menu offers
several, well... options. Here, you can select the desired sound volume, select
a one or two-player game, adjust the paddle speed, and select beginner mode.
In beginner mode, the ball moves slower than normal and the scoring is reduced.
The 2-player game is set up a little differently than
in other games. A player needs to complete a level, rather than lose a ball,
before the next player gets a turn. This keeps both players playing on the same
level and allows a skilled player and a not-so-skilled player to still enjoy
playing against each other.
The options menu also offers "Aim for Levels"
for registered users. "Aim for Levels" allows you to play the levels
out of order. With this option selected, starting a new game will show a screen
containing 9 miniature levels (or thumbnails). When the ball comes down, hit
it with the paddle and whichever thumbnail the ball hits is the level you get
to play. Each time you clear a thumbnail, the thumbnails all shift
down to fill in the gap and a new level thumbnail appears in the top row. The newest levels are always at the top.
If you get a high score
in "Aim for Levels" mode, a pound sign (#) will appear before the
level number in the high score dialog box. This is to tell you that the level
number doesn't represent the highest level you reached. Instead, it means the
total number of levels you completed.