Krypton Egg was a highly regarded Arkanoid clone for the Amiga and Atari ST that was developed by HitSoft and released by Rainbird in 1989.  DotEmu has just released an iPhone port of this classic [link] through the App Store (published by Chillingo).

When Krypton Egg first hit the shelves back in 1989, French magazine PC Loisirs described it as the best breakout game in the world.  As has been the trend of late, this Amiga classic translates well to the iPhone.  We've played a lot of Arkanoid clones for the iPhone, and Krypton Egg is certainly one of the best.  While the game has a retro feel--even beyond the typical Arkanoid clone--it should appeal to fans of the genre who aren't particularly looking for a jolt of dreamy-eyed nostalgia, as well.

Features as listed by the developer:

  • 60 levels levels for hours of gameplay
  • Unlock 12 special levels and defeat boss
  • Play with the touch screen or with the accelerometer
  • 30 power-ups including bonuses, penalties, special effect
  • Continue your game from any level completed
  • Addictive retro style music

Have a look at the developer's demonstration video.

DotEmu is also responsible for the iPhone port of the Amiga classic Nicky Boom.  See our interview with DotEmu CEO Xavier Liard to get a better feel for this retro-reviving development house.

App Store Link: Krypton Egg, $0.99

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  • http://www.f1archives.co.uk/mobile.htm Gregz0r

    C'mon Taito. where's Arkanoid: Revenge of Doh already?

  • http://www.f1archives.co.uk/mobile.htm Gregz0r

    Speaking of Amiga classics. Zenon II: Megablast would be awesome!

  • http://www.f1archives.co.uk/mobile.htm Gregz0r

    C'mon Taito. where's Arkanoid: Revenge of Doh already?

  • http://www.f1archives.co.uk/mobile.htm Gregz0r

    Speaking of Amiga classics. Zenon II: Megablast would be awesome!

  • http://www.GalleyTech.com/ Galley

    That's a lot of balls!

  • http://www.GalleyTech.com/ Galley

    That's a lot of balls!

  • Adams Immersive

    I want Megaball!

    And TurboRaketti II.

    And Blastaball.

  • Adams Immersive

    I want Megaball!

    And TurboRaketti II.

    And Blastaball.

  • http://www.beingbigbrother.com/mike Mike Lee

    You're kidding! That's a blast from the past. I used to love Krypton Egg, can't wait to play it on my iPod.

  • http://www.beingbigbrother.com/mike Mike Lee

    You're kidding! That's a blast from the past. I used to love Krypton Egg, can't wait to play it on my iPod.

  • http://www.frapstr.com/ Mindfield

    Love all of the classics that are coming out lately. I used to play Krypton Egg on the Atari ST back in the day -- it really is one of the best Breakout/Arkanoid clones in existence. Now it's on the iPhone for a buck? Can't beat that.

  • http://www.frapstr.com/ Mindfield

    Love all of the classics that are coming out lately. I used to play Krypton Egg on the Atari ST back in the day -- it really is one of the best Breakout/Arkanoid clones in existence. Now it's on the iPhone for a buck? Can't beat that.

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  • swarmster

    Krypton Egg was amazing, but I think Aquanoid beats it out for best Arkanoid-type. I'd love to see that.

  • swarmster

    Krypton Egg was amazing, but I think Aquanoid beats it out for best Arkanoid-type. I'd love to see that.

  • swarmster

    Actually, for that matter, Colibricks on the Mac isn't bad. You'd think that would be a relatively easy port?

  • swarmster

    Actually, for that matter, Colibricks on the Mac isn't bad. You'd think that would be a relatively easy port?

  • menom

    downloaded this and it is superb

    very retro look threw me for a moment but the by the 2nd level things are so chaotic that I can;t imagine what's going on by the 60th level

    only just dipped into this due to work - but I can already tell it's got that dangerous level of old school addictiveness

  • menom

    downloaded this and it is superb

    very retro look threw me for a moment but the by the 2nd level things are so chaotic that I can;t imagine what's going on by the 60th level

    only just dipped into this due to work - but I can already tell it's got that dangerous level of old school addictiveness

  • Joel

    Did somebody mention Colibricks?

    That's the game that tied me to this genre. Colibricks is a very good Breakout game, focused not in the graphics, but in the gameplay.

    By today, I think that there are at least 25 Breakout games on the App Store. Is it that Breakout games are easy to make or that a lot of people like them?

  • Joel

    Did somebody mention Colibricks?

    That's the game that tied me to this genre. Colibricks is a very good Breakout game, focused not in the graphics, but in the gameplay.

    By today, I think that there are at least 25 Breakout games on the App Store. Is it that Breakout games are easy to make or that a lot of people like them?

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