History of Arkanoid
Arkanoid is clone or variation of the ball and paddle games of the 1970s, for example Super Breakout. The game play is simple, yet highly addictive. Although following the structure of these early bat and ball games, Arkanoid introduced it's own elements into the genre.
The History of Arkanoid
First released for the arcade platform, the game was published by Romstar and developed by Taito. Arkanoid was designed by Akira Fujita and programmed by Yasumasa Sasabe, and released in1986. The game was a single or two player experience of the breakout genre.
The concept of the game was simple, as the player you controlled a paddle or Vaus as it was known in the game, and the object was to destroy several layers of blocks that were situated at the top of the screen. The player had to completely remove all blocks before progressing onto a new level in which another pattern of blocks would appear.
Overall there were 33 levels to contend with. On the the 33rd and final level the player would face the games boss character called Doh. Doh then had to be defeated using the remaining lives.
Conversions and Sequels
Due to the popularity of the game, there were inevitable releases on a variety of home based consoles and computer systems, these include; Nintendo Entertainment System; Super Nintendo Entertainment System; Nintendo DS; Commodore Amiga; Amstrad CPC; Atari ST.
There were also variations of the game made especially for the arcade market, including; Arkanoid 2; Arkanoid Tournament.
As well as the conversions there were a number of sequels also released;
Arkanoid – Revenge of Doh (1987)
Arkanoid – Doh it Again (1997)
Arkanoid Returns (1997)
Due to the simple yet addictive game play, Arkanoid is still regarded as a true arcade classic to this day.
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