Published by: Taito
Developed by: Taito
Genre: Puzzle
Released: 1987

Arkanoid (NES)

Arkanoid is an arcade game developed by Taito in 1986. The game is a Breakout clone, but was very successful despite that. The first run of the NES version of the game came bundled with a paddle controller; the Vaus Controller is a small gray controller featuring one button, a small spinner (with limited turn radius), an adjustment port, and the Taito logo. Play with a d-pad is also possible.

The Arkanoid is a doomed "mothership" from which the player's ship, the Vaus, escapes. The game opens with the plot "THE TIME AND ERA OF THIS STORY 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........"

The Vaus is the player's paddle in the game and is moved back and fourth in order to keep a bouncing ball in the play area, and destroy blocks in the stage by directing the ball at them. Certain blocks have to be hit several times, and some destroyed blocks drop power-up capsules. 

Power-ups can increase the size of the Vaus, multiply the number of balls on screen, let the Vaus shoot its laser cannon which can destroy blocks, and skip to the next level.

The game features 36 stages and concludes with a boss battle against DOH, which resembles a Moai statue face. 

The Vaus controller has become one of the rarest NES controllers because of its limited run. The popularity of the first game inspired five sequels including Tournament Arkanoid, Arkanoid II: Revenge of Doh (Arcade), Arkanoid - Doh It Again (SNES), Arkanoid Returns (Playstation), Arkanoid DS (DS), Arkanoid Live (XBLA), and Arkanoid Plus! (WiiWare). Also a later Taito game, Rainbow Islands, features 4 stages paying homage to Arknoid, which also feature the boss DOH.

RGG Says: Despite the stupid story, it was the best (of many) brick breaking games for it's time.

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