“The time and era of this story is unknown. After the mothership ‘Arkanoid’ was destroyed, a spacecraft named ‘Vaus’ scrambled away from it…”

Sometimes games are just so awesome that they can be copied over and over again, and we’ll just keep looking at them like they’re the coolest thing ever and pumping quarters into them like there’s no tomorrow.

Remember Pong? Good, then you probably remember Breakout. Which means, of course, you can’t imagine having come of age in the 80s without Arkanoid.

Take Pong, lay it on its side, take away the 2nd player, and add a whole lot of little blocks that disappear when your bouncy ball hits ’em. That’s all there was to it.

Well… that’s not entirely true. There was that whole storyline about motherships and what-not, but really, when it came down to it, Arkanoid was good ol’ fashioned, easy-as-pie arcade fun.

Arkanoid was so popular it spawned all kinds of sequels and re-imaginings, including Arkanoid Live! for xBox just two short years ago.

I guess they weren’t kidding on that final screen (assuming you made it the whole way and were able to destroy the fort): “the real voyage of the Arkanoid has only started…”

And, oh yeah, there’s an app for that.

We ♥ Arkanoid.

~ by weheart80s on September 20, 2011.

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