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- Arkanoid -

Arkanoid was the first game of its type and altough copied many times by other games none of them including the sequels added a whole lot beside the basic game. Actually the game is closely related to the granddaddy of all games PONG in which you controlled a paddle and had to bounce a ball to the opposite side and try and get it in the goal. Arkanoid plays in much the same way with you controlling a paddle at the bottom of the screen and you must bounce a ball to destroy blocks filling the screen. There are several different blocks some of which drop powerups occasionally like enlarging the paddle, slowing the ball down and the really handy laser which you can use to shoot the blocks. Other blocks need more than one hit to destroy and some can't be destroyed at all so you'll have to find a way around them. Some of the levels have a nice design like level 5 which looks like one of the aliens from space invaders.

There is actually a story to the game that goes like this: the mothership Arkanoid was attacked by aliens and you are able to escape in your ship called Vaus however you are trapped in time and space by an alien entity. The paddle is the ship Vaus, the ball is actually an energy bolt and the blocks are energy fields set up by the enemy. Nice story but a bit farfetched if you ask me.
The original was released in the arcades first and the game shows by putting you in the action quickly and it's easy to lose a life if you are unable to bounce the ball back. You only get three lives and some levels like levels 3 can be incredibly difficult so it's mindboggling how you could complete all 32 levels despite the fact that you can gain a life after getting a certain amount of points.
If you're up for a serious challenge you won't go far with this game but the monotous gameplay can be a bit offputting.
None of the versions here differ a whole lot but the amiga one with its mouse control and smooth graphics is the best overall.

Overal rating: 6.5/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for many different systems here are some notes:
Amiga Released in 1987 developed by discovery software.
Game has been tested but not completed with winUAE v0.9.91.
Amstrad CPC Released in 1987.
Game has been tested but not completed with winAPE v2.0 A6.
This version has a trainer builtin.
Apple Released in 1988.
Game has been tested but not completed with the ActiveGSapp R4.
Atari ST Released in 1987.
BBC Micro Released in 1987.
Game has been tested but not completed with BeebEm v2.0.
C64 Released in 1987.
Game has been tested but not completed with CCS64 v2.0 win.
This version has some trainers and unless you are an arkanoid wizz I suggest you use them.
DOS Released in 1988 developed by Novalogic.
Game has been tested but not completed on a DOS PC.
NES Released in 1986.
Game has been tested but not completed with FCE ultra v0.98.12.
This is the first version to be released after the original arcade.
ZX Spectrum Released in 1987.
Game has been tested but not completed with emuZwin v2.5.
Others These versions are not available.
Arcade released in 1986.

Date added Dec-17-2004 20:56
Name Arkanoid
Developer Taito
Publisher Taito
First released 1986
Genre Action
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Download Amstrad CPC, filesize: 25 Kb
Apple, filesize: 269 Kb
Atari ST, filesize: 57 Kb
BBC Micro, filesize: 10 Kb
Commodore 64, filesize: 35 Kb
Commodore Amiga, filesize: 445 Kb
MS-DOS, filesize: 114 Kb
Nintendo Entertainment System, filesize: 19 Kb
ZX Spectrum, filesize: 24 Kb
Manual Download manual , filesize: 769 Kb
Zip contains the scanned manual from the NES.
Solve / Docs No solve available
No extra docs available

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