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Arkanoid

Average Rating: 6.74/10
Video Game Rank: 1312
Amiga Rank: 110
Commodore 64 Rank: 84
NES Rank: 71
Macintosh Rank: 331
Nintendo DS Rank: 116
Arcade Rank: 70
Atari 8-bit family Rank: 28
ZX Spectrum Rank: 50
Atari ST Rank: 62
Apple II Rank: 44
BBC Micro Rank: 12
MSX Rank: 27
Amstrad CPC Rank: 49
OS/2 Rank: 2
TRS-80 Color Computer Rank: 9
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Primary Name
Arkanoid
Alternate Names
Arkanoid DS
Arukanoido
アルカノイド
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Genre
Theme
Series
Mode
Minimum Players
1
Maximum Players
1
Release Date
1986-00-00
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Arkanoid DS
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North American Nintendo DS edition
Rel Date: 2008-00-00
Publisher: Square Enix
Nintendo DS
Developer: Taito
Media: Cartridge
Region: 
Rating: ESRB: E
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Arkanoid
Nick: 
European Commodore 64 budget release
Rel Date: 1990-00-00
Publisher: The Hit Squad
Commodore 64
Developer: Probe Entertainment, Taito
Media: Compact Cassette
Region: Europe and Oceania
Rating: (Not Rated)
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Arkanoid
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North American TRS-80 edition
Rel Date: 1989-00-00
Publisher: Radio Shack
TRS-80 Color Computer
Developer: SRB Software
Media: Cartridge
Region: 
Rating: (Not Rated)
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Arkanoid
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North American Apple II edition
Rel Date: 1988-00-00
Publisher: Romstar Inc.
Apple II
Developer: Taito
Media: 5 1/4" Floppy Disk
Region: 
Rating: (Not Rated)
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Arkanoid
Nick: 
North American Commodore 64 floppy edition
Rel Date: 1988-00-00
Publisher: Taito
Commodore 64
Developer: Probe Entertainment, Taito
Media: 5 1/4" Floppy Disk
Region: North America
Rating: (Not Rated)
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Arkanoid
Nick: 
North American Macintosh edition
Rel Date: 1988-00-00
Publisher: Romstar Inc.
Macintosh
Developer: Taito
Media: 3.5" Disk
Region: 
Rating: (Not Rated)
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Arkanoid
Nick: 
Amiga
Rel Date: 1987-00-00
Publisher: Romstar Inc.
Amiga
Developer: Taito
Media: 3.5" Disk
Region: 
Rating: (Not Rated)
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Arkanoid
Nick: 
English/European ZX Spectrum edition
Rel Date: 1987-00-00
Publisher: Romstar Inc.
ZX Spectrum
Developer: Taito
Media: Compact Cassette
Region: 
Rating: (Not Rated)
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Arkanoid
Nick: 
European Commodore 64 floppy edition
Rel Date: 1987-00-00
Publisher: Imagine Software
Commodore 64
Developer: Probe Entertainment, Taito
Media: 5 1/4" Floppy Disk
Region: Europe and Oceania
Rating: (Not Rated)
English
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Arkanoid
Nick: 
European Commodore 64 tape edition
Rel Date: 1987-00-00
Publisher: Imagine Software
Commodore 64
Developer: Probe Entertainment, Taito
Media: Compact Cassette
Region: Europe and Oceania
Rating: (Not Rated)
English
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Description Edit | History

Much like the game Breakout, 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 the Vaus, multiply the number of balls, equip a laser cannon, break directly to the next level, etc.), but the gameplay remains the same.

At round 33, the final stage, the player will take on the game's boss, "DOH", a head resembling moai. Once a player reaches round 33, he must defeat DOH with his remaining extra lives because there are no continues on the final round.

......

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.

Source: Wikipedia, "Arkanoid", available under the CC-BY-SA License.

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Statistics
Video Game Rank: 1312
Amiga Rank: 110
Commodore 64 Rank: 84
NES Rank: 71
Macintosh Rank: 331
Nintendo DS Rank: 116
Arcade Rank: 70
Atari 8-bit family Rank: 28
ZX Spectrum Rank: 50
Atari ST Rank: 62
Apple II Rank: 44
BBC Micro Rank: 12
MSX Rank: 27
Amstrad CPC Rank: 49
OS/2 Rank: 2
TRS-80 Color Computer Rank: 9
Num Ratings: 84
Average Rating: 6.74
Standard Deviation: 1.21
Num Views: 804
GeekBuddy Analysis: Analyze
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Avg. Game Weight: 1.1
Fans: 0
Personal Comments: 14
Users Owning: 50
Users Wanting: 1
Users Trading: 1 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 0
Want Parts In Trade: 0
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Total Plays: 3
Plays This Month: 0
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