Arkanoid is an arcade game that was developed by Taito in 1986. It’s ball and paddle style game where the player takes control of a paddle at the bottom of the screen and use it to try to destroy bricks by deflecting a ball into them and eventually clearing the screen to progress to the next level. The title ‘Arkanoid’ refers to a doomed mothership from which the player’s ship, the Vaus, escapes. The story goes like this: “The time and era is unknown. After the mothership “Arkanoid” was destroyed, a spacecraft “Vaus” scrambled away from it. But only to be trapped in space warped by someone……..”
There are a number of different thing that come into play while destroying bricks. Some bricks have to be hit multiple times, flying enemy ships appear, and power-up capsules fall from the destroyed bricks to enhance the Vaus including multiply the number of balls, equip a lasercannon, break directly to the next level. The game is very similar to Atari’s 1978 classic, Super Breakout. Once the player reaches the final round, round 33, the player will take on the game’s boss, a large head named “DOH”.
The colorful graphics and extra items aren’t the only impressive thing about Arkanoid. The gameplay in the arcade version and some home versions is controlled by controller with a knob to move the paddle left and right. The controller, contains a potentiometer and the faster the knob is turned, the quicker the paddle moves. Because of the Arkanoid’s popularity, it was ported to numerous home consoles and computers. In addition to a large number of unauthorized clones, many sequels of the game were developed including Tournament Arkanoid, Arkanoid II: Revenge of Doh, Arkanoid Returns, Arkanoid DS, Arkanoid Live! and Arkanoid Plus!
Tips & Tricks:
The power pills are completely random except that the extra life and warp pills are twice as unlikely to occur. Only one extra life pill is possible per “vaus”. If the pill randomizer selects a duplicate pill based on the last pill dropped, a multi-ball pill is substituted. Thus, the multi-ball pill is the only one you can get twice in a row. The randomizer uses player score as the seed, so it is possible to control which pill is dispensed by purposely breaking pill dispensing blocks with specific scores displayed.
On each level, the ball will not speed up completely until it hits the back wall, so :
- Try to remove bricks from the bottom up, or punch a hole through thicker areas of bricks rather than go straight through (e.g. take out the left side of level 2 rather than the single block at the right as you will catch far more pills).
- If you have collected a lot of S pills and the ball has been in play for a bit of time, be prepared for a sudden speedup.
As only one pill can fall at a time, multiple balls can reduce your potential score quite drastically. Every pill is worth 1000 points. For the first few levels, get every pill you can, but do not use the special powers. You will get a lot of extra ships and should get a gray P or two – thereby starting early with 6 or 7 ships.
In the final level, where you face DOH himself, you should get 15 hits (1000 points per hit) on DOH/per man until you defeat DOH with the 16th hit on your last man to end the game.
Arkanoid is composed of 33 stages. The first 32 stages are made up of just bricks. The 33rd stage is where the player goes up against “DOH”, the only and final boss in the game. DOH spits bombs from his mouth that it hit the Vaus will destroy it instantly.
To defeat DOH, you must hit him with the ball 16 times. After defeating DOH, the ending sequence to the game will be displayed which includes the text “Dimension-controlling fort “doh” has now been demolished, and time started flowing reversely. “Vaus” managed to escape from the distorted space. But the real voyage of “Arkanoid” in the galaxy has only started……”
Nick Mollison holds the official record for this game on extremely hard settings with 1,156,930 points on September 7, 2008.
Zack Hample holds the official record for this game on normal settings with 1,658,110 points on March 13, 2000.
Other Arkanoid links:
- Arkanoid at Wikipedia
- Arkanoid at StrategyWiki
- Arkanoid at KLOV
- Arkanoid at gddb.com
- Arkanoid at CoinOpSpace
- Arkanoid at Arcade-History
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