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Arkanoid
Arkanoid screenshot
Developer(s) Taito
Publisher(s) Romstar
Designer(s) Akira Fujita
Release date(s) Arcade version
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MSX version
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NES version
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Commodore 64 version
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Atari ST version
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Amiga version
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Amstrad CPC version
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Apple IIGS version
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BBC Micro version
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DOS version
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Mac OS version
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TRS-80 Coco version
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Genre(s) Breakout
Mode(s) Up to 2 players, alternating turns
Platform(s) Arcade, Commodore 64, Atari ST, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, MSX, ZX Spectrum, BBC Micro, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, NES, Super NES, DOS, Mac OS, TRS-80 Color Computer, Nintendo DS
Input Optical rotary, 1 Button
Arcade cabinet Upright
Arcade display Vertical, Raster, standard resolution (Used: 224 x 256)

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Contents

Gameplay

The player controls the "Vaus", a space vessel that acts as the game's "paddle" which prevents a ball from falling from the playing field, attempting to bounce it against a number of bricks. The ball striking a brick causes the brick to disappear. When all the bricks are gone, the player goes to the next level, where another pattern of bricks appear. There are a number of variations (bricks that have to be hit multiple times, flying enemy ships, etc.) and power-up capsules to enhance the Vaus (expand your Vaus, multiply the number of balls, equip a laser cannon, break directly to the next level, etc), but the gameplay remains the same. For other uses, see Ball (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Brick (disambiguation). ... Experiment with a laser (US Military) In physics, a laser is a device that emits light through a specific mechanism for which the term laser is an acronym: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. ...


At round 33, the final stage, the player will take on the game's boss, "Doh". Once a player reaches round 33, he must defeat Doh with his remaining extra lives because there are no continues on the final round. Flag Ship from the video game Gorf A boss is a particularly challenging computer-controlled enemy in video games. ...


Legacy

Because of the game's popularity, four versions of the game were developed for the coin-op market: Arkanoid, Tournament Arkanoid and Revenge of Doh (Arkanoid II) both in 1987 and Arkanoid Returns in 1997. Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Arkanoid Returns is an arcade game released by Taito in 1997 as the last in the Arkanoid series. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ...


Many of the 8-bit computer ports (ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC 464, Commodore 64, BBC Micro, MSX, Atari 8-bit, Apple II) were very popular in Europe in the 1980s. A console port on the NES was also popular, and the game was also ported for 16-bit computers Amiga, Atari ST, Apple IIGS and IBM PC. A port was released for the TRS-80 Color Computer in 1989. A Super NES version called Arkanoid: Doh It Again was released in 1997. Arkanoid Returns and a sequel, Arkanoid Returns 2000, were released in Japan for the PlayStation. 16-bit versions had identical graphics as the arcade game. Commodore 64 conversion of Arkanoid is known as the first game for the system to feature music that used digitized samples (composed by Martin Galway). Computer conversions were published by Imagine. Recently, a version for the Nintendo DS handheld, titled Arkanoid DS, was announced in Japan, though a North American release has not yet been announced. The ZX Spectrum is a home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. ... The Amstrad CPC 464 was an 8-bit home computer produced by Amstrad in the 1980s. ... The Commodore 64 is the best-selling single personal computer model of all time. ... The BBC Microcomputer System was a series of microcomputers and associated peripherals designed and built by Acorn Computers Ltd for the BBC Computer Literacy Project operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation. ... Sony MSX 1, Model HitBit-10-P MSX was the name of a standardized home computer architecture in the 1980s. ... An Atari 800XL, one of the most popular machines in the series. ... The Apple II was one of the most popular personal computers of the 1980s. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... “Game console” redirects here. ... “NES” redirects here. ... This article is about the family of home computers. ... The Atari ST is a home/personal computer that was commercially popular from 1985 to the early 1990s. ... The Apple IIGS, the fifth model inception of the Apple II, was the most powerful member of the Apple II series of personal computers made by Apple Computer. ... IBM PC (IBM 5150) with keyboard and green screen monochrome monitor (IBM 5151), running MS-DOS 5. ... 4k TRS-80 Color Computer from 1981, 26-3001 The Radio Shack TRS-80 color computer (also called Tandy Color Computer, or CoCo) was a home computer based around the Motorola 6809E processor and part of the TRS-80 line. ... The Super Nintendo Entertainment System or Super NES (also called SNES and Super Nintendo) was a 16-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Europe, Australasia, and Brazil between 1990 and 1993. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... The Sony PlayStation ) is a video game console of the 32/64-bit era, first produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in the mid-1990s. ... Martin Galway (born January 3, 1966, Belfast, Northern Ireland) is one of the best known composers of music for the Commodore 64 sound chip, the SID soundchip. ... Image:Arcadia game cover. ... “NDS” redirects here. ...


The controls used by various conversions differ from machine to machine, and some conversions allow for multiple control methods. The two basic control methods are digital and analog. Digital controls (many joysticks and control pads, and keyboards) are considered less desirable than analog controls (most mice, trackballs, and paddles); while digital controls limit the player to single-speed control, analog controls allow the player to move the Vaus at nearly any desired speed across the screen. The NES version of Arkanoid was originally packaged with what's considered one of the rarest of all NES controllers, the Vaus Controller: a small gray controller featuring one button, a small spinner (with limited turn radius), an adjustment port, and the Taito logo. While the game may be played with the standard digital NES control pad, optimum gameplay is achieved with the Vaus Controller. Latter-day MAME arcade cabinet developers have created customized spinner controls to further simulate the arcade experience, although the Arkanoid controller had quirks which have made it difficult to achieve 100% reproduction. The upcoming DS version will also feature an optional paddle controller that connects in the Game Boy Advance slot. Arkanoid Controller box. ... MAME arcade cabinets are meant to provide the experience of an entire video arcade in one unit. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Arkanoid has remained a popular game and is commonly cloned by aspiring game developers in freeware and shareware titles. Many companies have also regularly cloned the game in video arcades. Arkanoid's popularity led to it being featured in Rainbow Islands, which has a whole level (4 stages in all) dedicated to the game, including Doh as the level boss. Also, in some areas of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island and its Game Boy Advance remake Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island, there are blocks inspired by Arkanoid which you must break through. However, Arkanoid and its sequels have not appeared on any of the recent Taito Memories or Taito Legends compilations – it has been claimed that this was due to legal action from Atari. The term Freeware refers to gratis proprietary software with closed source. ... Look up shareware in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... arcade, see Arcade. ... Rainbow Islands is a 1987 arcade game from Taito. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Taito Legends is a compilation of 29 arcade games released for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC in October 2005. ... This article is about a corporate game company. ...


Plot

The plot of the game is remarkably simple. There are only two messages in the entire game that tell you anything about what you are doing. The first one, at the beginning of the game, says this:


THE ERA AND TIME OF THIS
STORY IS UNKOWN.


AFTER THE MOTHERSHIP
"ARKANOID" WAS DESTROYED,
A SPACECRAFT "VAUS"
SCRAMBLED AWAY FROM IT.


BUT ONLY TO BE TRAPPED IN
SPACE WARPED BY SOMEONE.


The other message is at the end of the game, after destroying the "dimension-controlling fort" that looks like a red wire-frame Moai. Ahu Tongariki, restored in the 1990s Moai are monolithic stone figures on Rapa Nui / Easter Island, Chile. ...

DIMENSION-CONTROLLING FORT
"DOH" HAS NOW BEEN
DEMOLISHED, AND TIME
STARTED FLOWING REVERSLY.


"VAUS" MANAGED TO ESCAPE
FROM THE DISTORTED SPACE.


BUT THE REAL VOYAGE OF
"ARKANOID" IN THE GALAXY
HAS ONLY STARTED......

Significant plot details end here.

Series

  1. Arkanoid (1986)
  2. Arkanoid - Revenge of Doh (1987)
  3. Arkanoid: Doh it Again (1997, Nintendo Super NES)
  4. Arkanoid Returns (1997)

Arkanoid - Revenge of Doh (a. ... Arkanoid Returns is an arcade game released by Taito in 1997 as the last in the Arkanoid series. ...

See also

This computer game has been incorrectly referred to or categorized with the PC game misnomer. ... Since the release of the original Breakout arcade game in 1976, there have been notable clones and updates for various platforms. ...

External links


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