This game truly surprised me, in a good way.
Arkanoid is a game in which you break bricks with a paddle and ball. Sounds pretty boring, right? Just another Breakout clone that we have all played hundreds of times now, right? WRONG! Arkanoid is a Breakout clone with a deep story and hard as fuck bosses. Best of all? I get to use my Super Nintendo mouse! I love when I get to use this thing.
|There are literally thousands of Breakout clones, to the point where they have become their own genre. You can find at least one variant of the genre on every system, including the badass "Shatter" for the PS3 and PC.|
Control wise, this game is simplistic. Use the mouse to control "Vaus", click the button if you have weapons or sticky balls. If you use a controller, you are stuck with the D-Pad for movement, but the controls are just as functional. Sticky Balls.
As for the audio, it isn't too bad. I was expecting the sound of balls bouncing off of bricks, like in every other breakout clone. And make no mistake, those sounds are in here, but there is also stage music that is okay. It's nothing stellar, but it is more than I expected.
Graphically, you may assume there would be some colored bricks, a paddle, and a ball. You would be right. However, each stage has something going on in the background, and the bosses are interesting to say the least. Again, it isn't anything amazing, but it does have its charm.
|This bad ass has been breaking bricks since the mother fucking Amiga. He doesn't even need a paddle or a ball anymore.|
Apparently, that whole judging a book by its cover thing...yeah that's bad. I fully expected to give this game a 1 or a 2 at best, but I would have never guessed that this game was so good. It earns 4 Doh heads out of 5, which is pretty damn impressive, considering the "greatest hits" version of Breakout that I just reviewed wouldn't have earned 1 point on its own.