Title           Arkanoid
Publisher       Discovery
Game Type       Sport
Players         1-2
HD Installable  Yes
Compatibility   OCS (Patch available for all)
Submission      Chris Vella Profiled Reviewer

   Ahh, the first good breakout game on the amiga. I don't know what makes
these kinds of games so addictive but you always want to see what the next
level will look like.

   This is the first commercial version of breakout that I know of. For the
people who have been living in a cave for the last 13 years this is how you
play the game. You control a bat object that you move horizontally across the
bottom of the screen trying to deflect a ball into colored bricks that are in
various patterns above you. When the ball hits a brick, the brick disappears,
miss the ball and you lose a life. There are some objects that fly around the
screen that try to hinder you from hitting the bricks. Sometimes hitting a
brick will result in a icon that falls to the bottom, collecting the icons
will result in a variety of changes to your bat. This can include making your
bat smaller or larger, slow down or speed up of the ball, lazers that you can
shoot at the bricks, and a level warp. The icons will have a letter, letting you
know which one does what. So clear all the bricks on the screen and go to the
next level. Thats the whole game. Not much variation but it's very addictive
and I can't explain why. I guess it because it so simple and fun.

   In conclusion, I know that there are a ton of public domain versions of
this game but none of them really improve on this original version. I'm sure
this game is cheap to buy and is better than most PD versions. The only bad
thing that I can say about this game is that you can't make your own levels
and the game doesn't come with all that many. That bad point aside I have to
say that I'm glad this game is in my software collection.

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