Arkanoid - Nintendo NES
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Release year: 1987 | Players: 1-2 players | Developed by Taito

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Breakout was a hit game in the 1970’s. The objective of that game is to launch a ball to break bricks at the top of the screen, and then catch it again as it bounced back. It was a simple game from a simpler era.

Fast forward to 1986, and Taito decided to remake this classic gem, and Arkanoid (AKA アルカノイド Arukanoido in Japan) was born for the arcades, and for the NES in 1987. Yes, if that sounds like modern remakes and re-masters. Well, you’re right; this trend isn’t modern as much as it is now mainstream.

Anyway – Arkanoid takes the concept of breakout and updates it to be more visually appealing. The blocks actually look like distinct, individual units now, and the colors really stand out against the dark blue and black background.

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Arkanoid Cover (NES)

No, seriously. The little paddle you control is supposed to be a spaceship called Vaus, and the bricks are alien obstacles set on stopping you. When you destroy a certain number of obstacles, they drop power ups, such as making the paddle longer, so as to make catching the ball easier.

They also spawn two extra balls to destroy the obstacles faster (with the added benefit of not counting against your lives – you can drop two balls if things get a little hectic with no drawbacks); or a simple sticky surface, allowing you to re-aim the ball towards a different block.

The stages get more complicated as you progress through the game. Arkanoid stops pulling its punches by stage 11. This is a stage full of nothing but silver bricks, which don’t drop any power ups and takes 2 or more hits to destroy. Later stages get more brutal with a smattering of indestructible gold bricks.

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No, Arkanoid isn’t an easy game. The fast paced, urgent-sounding music doesn’t help matters, increasing pressure on the player as the stages get harder and harder. That being said, its simplicity – a trademark of an era bygone – is its greatest asset.

It’s essentially the game version of Wall Tennis, and there’s something to be had in that simple description. While it’s almost assured anyone reading this has played Breakout or any of its various remakes, ports and re-masters since, Arkanoid is still the original, modern spin on this genre, and well worth a shot.

Arkanoid game has been ported to Arcade (original), Amstrad CPC, MS-DOS, Apple II, Apple IIGS, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, BBC Micro, CoCo, C64, IBM PC, Macintosh, MSX, NES (this version), Thomson MO5, Thomson TO7/70, ZX Spectrum