A great smash hit and one of the most popular arcades ever released, Arkanoid promises plenty of fun even today! The game was converted to almost all 8/16bit home computers and consoles back in 1986!
STORY / GAMEPLAY In Arkanoid, your planet is invaded by an alien species and you control "Vaus". Vaus is a kind of an oddly designed spacecraft that you use as paddle that prevents any alien ball from falling out of the playing field. The Vaus re-bounces any ball towards a number of colored bricks. When a ball strikes a brick it causes it to break and when all bricks are cleared from the screen, you advance to the next level where another pattern of bricks appears. There is a number of more solid bricks that must be hit multiple times to break (like the metal ones) while there are also unbreakable bricks that can change the ball's direction. In more advanced levels, you will encounter some flying enemy ships and other creatures that can bounce back the ball when hit. You can collect power up capsules to enhance the Vaus in various ways: you can expand its length to cover more space, multiply the number of balls you strike, equip a laser cannon to shoot bricks and enemies, open a direct "portal" to the next level, make a ball to stick on your paddle and more (even make the paddle's length smaller -which is bad). Still the gameplay remains the same. Arkanoid is among the greatest video games in history and so highly accepted that it was released in almost every 8bit/16bit home computer and video game console; it is a really addictive -yet tricky game- that needs some skills to master but it never gets frustrating.
GRAPHICS / SOUND The 8bit BBC Micro conversion offers some nice graphics! The colors are bright and the backgrounds are very close to the arcade version and nicely designed (much like the Amstrad CPC, C64 and MSX ports). The sprites are well animated although overall framerate drops when too many sprites occupy your screen (a problem that does not occur to the C64/128 computers). The game's sound is also good featuring memorable short tunes at the beginning of each level (similar to all 8bit versions), as well as some nice SFX taken directly from the original.