Hello. I've developed a hankering for some Breakout/Arkanoid action. Outside of games bearing those names, what are some other cool/fun/interesting games in the genre that you can recommend? Breakout minigames are a dime a dozen, but I'm looking for games where it's the focus.
I recently discovered Toaplan's Ghox, which looks really weird and cool. Hopefully M2 throws it onto one of their Toaplan collections one of these days.
There are a few indie games in the genre, like Shatter, Wizorb, and Strikey Sisters, but I can't think of many more besides. But hopefully there's something good that I've missed.
Thanks for your recommendations!
Last Edit: May 4, 2022 19:32:20 GMT -5 by 1upsuper
Ah, those were the three I was just going to name. Maybe Firestriker for the SNES? Or good ol' Kirby's Block Ball?
Jardinains has an interesting twist, as these things go.
I was quite impressed by a little something called Ricochet Xtreme. Apparently it had a bunch of sequels too? Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be on Steam. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricochet_Infinity
There was one that I distantly recall that I was rather impressed with – it might have been Brick Quest, but I can only find videos of the sequel. It was released as shareware sometime around 20 years ago, when shareware was on its way out. It had a paddle that could change shapes, and I remember a lot of spinning squares falling? Maybe you'll find it in your searches. ETA: Got it! BreakQuest, also available on the Vita, but free for Windows now too.
The weirdest one I ever saw is an even older title whose name I have completely forgotten. The paddle was this little 3D-rendered guy with a round head, and all the blocks were eggs. And occasionally a little dinosaur would pop in on the side of the screen and give the little guy a hug, momentarily immobilizing him. In later levels the dinosaur would dress up as a ballerina or ninja and become harder to avoid. Naturally he could be stunned by being hit with the ball, or possibly with the mouse cursor? Powerups were dispensed by some kind of wheel-of-fortune style prize wheel. And it was shareware, but included a level editor for some reason.
Devilish/Bad Omen (Mega Drive/Game Gear/Nintendo DS) is an interesting take on the genre. It's got intriguing dark fantasy visuals and excellent synth rock music. I'd say it feels somewhat similar to Devil's Crush. It also distinguishes itself by giving you two paddles, one of which you can move on both axes. Furthermore the game moves upwards, not constantly but in chunks. So there's a bit of a vertical shmup feel, too. The MD version isn't that beloved, though, with the most common criticism directed at its somewhat unpredictable ball physics. Those have been improved on the GG, though naturally that version doesn't look nor sound as nice. Still, both versions are worth a look.
Never played the DS game, so I can't say much about that one.
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For PC and mouse control, there is DX-Ball and DX-Ball 2.
I was going to mention that; I even bought the 20th Anniversary Edition on Steam. And I even downloaded it and played it for more than a few seconds!
But that was mostly out of nostalgia; I played a lot of it 20 years ago. (I kind of wish it still had the old MIDI files like The Marriage of Figaro.) Not sure if it can be particularly recommended nowadays over many of the alternatives, even if it does have a few neat features.
In the same vein, I could recommend Electranoid, the PC DOS game by Pixel Painters. And Krypton Egg used to be pretty huge. Also Krakout for the C64.
Post by Woody Alien on May 10, 2022 18:39:54 GMT -5
The arcade game Thunder And Lightning:
Maybe not great but still original for being far less abstract than usual, with a story progression and everything, and a few original ideas like the bonuses not being hidden in the blocks but being given by hitting the vehicles that appear every now and then.
I just browsed DEMO disc from one gameing magazine. And there was two Breakout style demo versions Break quest and Time Breaker. few years ago ive played two freeware titles Sawoid & Egyptoball from this website www.gametop.com/