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Breakout-style games

Post by Ferret Oxide » Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:00 pm

I've been spending a bit of time on Alleyway recently, which got me thinking about this genre. There are examples of it on pretty much every system, and there are great examples like Arkanoid, but is this a genre you enjoy or are tired of? What are the best and worst examples, or which games do you play despite their flaws?

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Post by paranoid marvin » Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:28 pm

Imho these types of game work much better with a paddle. Certainly I can't remember any joystick controlled breakout games in the arcades.

Possibly the most fun for me is a variatoin on the theme, Warlords on the 2600.
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Post by gman72 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:31 pm

My far and away fave is the C.64 version of Krakout. In my opinion the greatest horizontal break out game on an 8bit system. Also Shatter on the PS3 is pretty great.
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Post by c0nfu53d » Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:34 pm

Sunny Ball is probably my favourite Nowadays.

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Post by The Laird » Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:41 pm

Big fan of these, some of my favourites are:

Fireball II - Acorn Archimedes
Breakout 2000 - Atari Jaguar
Devilish - Sega Mega Drive
Arkanoid 1/2 - Multiple formats
Impulse X - Atari Falcon & Jaguar
Batty - Sinclair Spectrum
Block Buster - Sony Playstation
Ball Breaker - Sinclair Spectrum
Woody Pop - Sega Game Gear & Master System
Master Breakout - Atari ST
Off The Wall - Atari 2600
Snoball In Hell - Atari ST
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Re: Breakout-style games

Post by paranoid marvin » Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:51 pm

gman72 wrote:My far and away fave is the C.64 version of Krakout. In my opinion the greatest horizontal break out game on an 8bit system. Also Shatter on the PS3 is pretty great.

Krakout is also the most innuendo-ish loading screen!
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Post by RuySan » Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:57 pm

There was an horizontal breakout clone for the Amiga that i loved but forgot the name. I think it was a PD game.
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Post by ncf1 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:01 pm

My two favourites are Arkanoid II, and Little Brick Out on the Apple II. With paddle it was just endlessly enjoyable, I don't know how many days and months I frittered away on that game.

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Post by Mayhem » Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:05 pm

Traz. It's f'ing nuts heh...
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Post by Liamh1982 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:21 pm

Cool Bricks on the GB Color is well worth a mention and Blockids on PS1 is a better 3D-ish take than the actual rejig of Breakout!

Variants - well, Puchi Carat of course!

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Re: Breakout-style games

Post by Ferret Oxide » Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:59 pm

I like the score chasing element of the game, but I find some games drag a little. Arkanoid was probably the best example of keeping things interesting, although I hated the boss battles in Arkanoid: Revenge of Doh.

Incidentally, Pulsoids on the Spectrum had amazing music for the time, and is not a bad variant of the genre.

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Post by DoraemonTheCat » Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:54 pm

I'm a huge fan of Arkanoid even though I secretly despise it when I'm playing.

I try and play it via emulation but it just loses something without the trackball. Is Revenge of Doh or the SNES one any good? Still not tried them yet. And if they feature annoying boss battles, I probably won't be bothering as the game can drive you bananas without any to start with.

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Re: Breakout-style games

Post by thebear » Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:07 am

used to play one on pc, mid-late 90's

no idea what it was called though. Could possibly be BlastThru, but I don't think so
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Re: Breakout-style games

Post by Matt_B » Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:57 am

Back in the day it would have been Thro' the Wall. The very first game I played on the Spectrum, and I'm sure it would have been the same for a lot of other people.

Nowadays though, Shatter is just so phenomenally good that other games simply don't get a look in.

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Re: Breakout-style games

Post by Ferret Oxide » Mon Dec 16, 2013 1:12 pm

DoraemonTheCat wrote:I'm a huge fan of Arkanoid even though I secretly despise it when I'm playing.

I try and play it via emulation but it just loses something without the trackball. Is Revenge of Doh or the SNES one any good? Still not tried them yet. And if they feature annoying boss battles, I probably won't be bothering as the game can drive you bananas without any to start with.
Both games are good, and it is the snes one, not revenge of Doh that has boss battles. I was wrong when I wrote that earlier. It is a shame about the snes game, as it is really good aside from the bosses.

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