Arkanoid (ARC)

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Arkanoid
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Platform: Arcade
Year: 1986
Developer: Taito Corporation
For other games in the series see Arkanoid.

Arkanoid is an action ball-bouncing game built on the theme originally designed by Atari's Breakout. You control a paddle (a spaceship named "Vaus") at the bottom of the screen by turning a dial rather than a directional joystick. With the paddle, you must bounce a ball toward a wall of "bricks" at the top of the screen. Each hit breaks a brick, and when they're all broken, you move to the next stage. However, if you miss the ball with your paddle, you lose a life.

Taito innovated several new features to the Breakout theme which would later become staples of the genre including invincible gold bricks, monsters that roam around the screen, and capsules that grant power-ups like making your paddle bigger, breaking the ball into multiple balls, the ability to catch the ball, and so on.

Screenshots

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The game's title screen.

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The opening story.

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Level 1 introduces you to the game.

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Things are already pretty hard by level 3!

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The two columns of level 4 bounce the ball at odd angles.

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A nod to Taito's earlier game, Space Invaders.

Music

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The bulk of Hisayoshi Ogura songs for Arkanoid are just short jingles, but he did compose a proper song for those few skilled players who are able to beat the game and see the ending. The game also has an unused jingle in the ROM which doesn't appear to be played anywhere in the game.

Recording

# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 Start Demo Hisayoshi Ogura 0:04
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02 Game Start Hisayoshi Ogura 0:02
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03 Extend Hisayoshi Ogura 0:01
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04 Dimensional Fortress Doh Hisayoshi Ogura 0:04
Download
05 Game Over Hisayoshi Ogura 0:02
Download
06 Name Entry Hisayoshi Ogura 0:42
Download
07 Unused Hisayoshi Ogura 0:05
Download

Credits

(Source)

While the game doesn't have any credits in the actual game, hidden credits can be found by entering a cheat on MAME in the Japanese version. Portraits of the developers are also displayed.

Albums

Taito Game Music

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1987-01-25

Game Rip

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This rip is missing songs.

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Format

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The internal format is unknown and a true program rip does not yet exist. The VGM logs were made using MAME and recorded with VGM Input v0.40 in Winamp. The Player Extend track has not been ripped and was recorded during game play.

Audio Devices

Arkanoid uses a YM2149 clocked at 1.5 MHz for music and sound effects.

Releases

  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: アルカノイド (Arkanoid)
Platform: Arcade
Released: 1986-??-??
Publisher: Taito Corporation
  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Arkanoid
Platform: Arcade
Released: 1986-??-??
Publisher: Romstar, Inc.
  EU.svg   EU
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Title: Arkanoid
Platform: Arcade
Released: 1986-??-??
Publisher: Taito Corporation

Links


Arkanoid
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Notable Songs Game Start
Notable Personnel Hisayoshi Ogura • Katsuhisa Ishikawa • Yasuhisa Watanabe • Seiji Momoi • Hirokazu Koshio • Martin Galway
Notable Companies Taito • Romstar