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Saturday, 16th March 2024

Block breakers: the Breakout legacy


Block breaker is a term often used to describe a type of video game that involves breaking or destroying blocks or bricks within the game environment. These games are typically characterized by a paddle or platform at the bottom of the screen that the player controls, and a wall of blocks at the top of the screen that the player must eliminate. 

One of the most iconic block breaker games is Breakout which was created by Atari and released in 1976. Arkanoid is another well-known block breaker game that was released in the 1980s.

Some common features and gameplay elements of block breaker games are:

  • Paddle and ball controls
  • Breakable blocks
  • Physics and collision mechanics
  • Power-ups and special abilities
  • Level game progression

Arkanoid is a classic arcade video game that was first released in 1986 by Taito. It is a breakout-style game, which means that the primary objective is to break a wall of bricks or blocks by bouncing a ball off a paddle at the bottom of the screen. The game takes its name and inspiration from Atari's Breakout, which was released in the 1970s. 
Arkanoid has been released on various gaming platforms, including arcade cabinets, home consoles, and personal computers.

Breakout is a classic arcade video game that was released by Atari in 1976. It was designed by Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell and Steve Bristow. Breakout is considered one of the early pioneers of the video game industry and is part of the block breaker genre.

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