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Arkanoid
アルカノイド
1986

 

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Taito's Arkanoid has outlasted Atari's Breakout (1976) as the definitive example of the 'Block Breaking' genre.
Playing Breakout today is about as much fun as watching paint dry, while Arkanoid manages to avoid the repetitive nature of its predecessor by presenting a colorful set of 33 futuristic rounds and a perplexing sci-fi plot - in which a spaceship Vaus must take on the evil forces of Doh (a "dimension controlling fort") by bouncing balls against multicoloured walls. Sounds serious.
And it is: erasing every brick in a level is a tough task, made even tougher by the presence of Doh's minions - little floating obstacles that can be destroyed but whose erratic movements make the game ruthlessly unpredictable.
Various power-up pills (laser, multi-ball, etc.) crown the overall experience nicely. The 'S' slow-down pill is essential - if you don't find one the game quickly becomes an intense, fast-paced reflex-fest. Only true masters can see their way safely through to the final round of this game without it all going wrong.
So it's hats off to Arkanoid and its sequels for flying the flag of the bat & ball genre... But it is important to note their true gameplay can only be experienced with a 'Volume Controller' - a small round dial that spins left or right.
With it the Vaus can cover the screen at lightning speeds, and be perfectly accurate if need be. Some downright crazy gameplay tends to follow during the later rounds.
On a pad or stick, it's just not the same... It's perfectly playable with a mouse, but the volume controller is probably the single most essential part of the gameplay. The Famicom and MSX home versions both include one.
Admittedly getting a controller just for one game might sound a bit excessive, but in the case of Arkanoid it's well worth it.

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Arkanoid
アルカノイド
FAMICOM
DETAILS
Format Famicom
Released 26 Dec 1986
Publisher Taito
Product ID TFC-AN-5400
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Arkanoid comes home in superb style on the Famicom, bundled together with its own volume controller.
A similar package was later released on the NES (US only).

This original japanese edition is now very, very hard to find complete with box in good condition.

Arkanoid
アルカノイド
MSX
DETAILS
Format MSX
Released 1987
Publisher Nidecom
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STATUS
The MSX Arkanoid is just as hard to find as the Famicom version, if not more so.

We've never had one of these in!

 



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