arkanoidThis is turning out to be a great weekend for retro gamers. Hot on the heels of C64, comes Taito's classic Arkanoid [$4.99] game for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Arkanoid for iPhone brings back the 1986 brick-breaker with some additional enhancements.

  • Over 100 stages
  • Branching level progression
  • Many boss battles
  • VS two player mode

Arkanoid is the 1986 brick breaker that modernized Breakout. Arkanoid introduced special bricks, enemy ships, power ups and more to the classic brick breaking formula.

Here's a hands on video from AppBank with the Japanese language iPhone version. The U.S. version is otherwise identical.

The game certainly brings Arkanoid back with proportionally the same levels scales as the original arcade game. This means that everything will seem a bit small on your iPhone screen compared to other brick breakers we've seen. The size and color of the ball can cause it to get lost in some of the backgrounds of the game, but those can be turned "off" to give you a clearer view. The sliding touch control worked well and accurately, and the game played well. The game comes with 3 levels of difficulty.

Fans of the original will get a blast from the past as the sound effects are identical. Taito also promises big boss battles later in the game:

We obviously haven't played it far enough yet to encounter the bosses. The game also teases you with two unlockable menu options and also offers a head-to-head two player mode in which each player gets a paddle on opposite sides of the screen. Power-up pills picked up can negatively impact your opponent (shrinking paddle, for example).

App Store Link: Arkanoid, $4.99

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    This game is way too late on the iPhone.
    There are some fantastic clones out there right now.
    Compared to them, this just looks old and veeery boring.
    Should have been released 1 year ago, then it would have
    been something to speak about. But now. No.

  • http://www.yourpersonalrobot.com your personal robot

    This game is way too late on the iPhone.
    There are some fantastic clones out there right now.
    Compared to them, this just looks old and veeery boring.
    Should have been released 1 year ago, then it would have
    been something to speak about. But now. No.

  • Kita

    It was one of the originators but that doesn't mean I want to buy it. I already have 5 different variations of these and this one doesn't look unique to even spend a dollar on it. Their remix version of Space Invaders was an awesome idea but this doesn't look like anything special.

  • Kita

    It was one of the originators but that doesn't mean I want to buy it. I already have 5 different variations of these and this one doesn't look unique to even spend a dollar on it. Their remix version of Space Invaders was an awesome idea but this doesn't look like anything special.

  • http://virtualgs.larwe.com Lim Thye Chean

    US$4.99 is a little high, but the retro value of this game might be worth it.

    As an Apple IIGS user I believe this is the first game that is available for the Apple IIGS that goes on sale on App Store! Now I am waiting for Zany Golf...

  • http://virtualgs.larwe.com Lim Thye Chean

    US$4.99 is a little high, but the retro value of this game might be worth it.

    As an Apple IIGS user I believe this is the first game that is available for the Apple IIGS that goes on sale on App Store! Now I am waiting for Zany Golf...

  • http://oszczedzanie.net Paweł Kata

    I'll wait till it's cheaper... much cheaper.

  • http://oszczedzanie.net Paweł Kata

    I'll wait till it's cheaper... much cheaper.

  • Max

    Nice retro release.But one thing disturbs me here and in several other games..The sccreen of the iphone is small.Why is there this usless frame with hi score,rounds,pause signs.
    We need the gameplay full screen, not so small!

  • Max

    Nice retro release.But one thing disturbs me here and in several other games..The sccreen of the iphone is small.Why is there this usless frame with hi score,rounds,pause signs.
    We need the gameplay full screen, not so small!

  • Lum's Stormtrooper

    Looks pretty nice and I'd much, much rather buy the real deal instead of a clone/knock off, but it looks like it could use a the Pac Man Championship/Space Invaders Infinity Gene treatment and receive some sort of stylistic upgrade.

  • Lum's Stormtrooper

    Looks pretty nice and I'd much, much rather buy the real deal instead of a clone/knock off, but it looks like it could use a the Pac Man Championship/Space Invaders Infinity Gene treatment and receive some sort of stylistic upgrade.

  • http://www.chucksmith.de/ Chuck Smith

    I saw this and immediately bought it. I was surprised I beat it on the first try on medium difficulty starting with 3 lives. I think I lost 3 lives throughout the entire game and, of course, I must've picked up extra lives along the way. I should qualify this by saying that I once stayed on the *arcade* machine once for 45 minutes with one quarter... so I look forward to a more difficult setting.

    All in all, I really like it, but I don't know why sometimes on the later levels it becomes jerky when there are three balls moving incredibly fast. This didn't happen on the 1986 arcade version and I believe the iPhone's capabilities are a bit better than the graphics processing on that machine! ;)

  • http://www.chucksmith.de/ Chuck Smith

    I saw this and immediately bought it. I was surprised I beat it on the first try on medium difficulty starting with 3 lives. I think I lost 3 lives throughout the entire game and, of course, I must've picked up extra lives along the way. I should qualify this by saying that I once stayed on the *arcade* machine once for 45 minutes with one quarter... so I look forward to a more difficult setting.

    All in all, I really like it, but I don't know why sometimes on the later levels it becomes jerky when there are three balls moving incredibly fast. This didn't happen on the 1986 arcade version and I believe the iPhone's capabilities are a bit better than the graphics processing on that machine! ;)

  • Anthony

    This is sweet but at 99 cents not 5 bucks..like someone said above if this was a year or so ago then maybe but not now..

  • Anthony

    This is sweet but at 99 cents not 5 bucks..like someone said above if this was a year or so ago then maybe but not now..

  • http://www.chucksmith.de/ Chuck Smith

    I seriously don't get how people complain about paying $5 for an iPhone app. Do people really get more enjoyment out of a tall Starbucks latte which you'll finish in a half hour than from an iPhone app that was developed by a team and ported to a mobile platform which you can play for hours?

    • crsrc

      I wouldn't pay $5 for either of them, they're both rip offs

    • yacoub

      That's comparing apples to oranges, so your comparison is irrelevant.
      But to answer your question, $5 for a game that's already available nearly a dozen times over at $.99, several of which have more features, is why.

    • WeirdingWay

      Why does everyone compare the price of a latte to apps? Not everyone drinks coffee and even so, your analogy is terrible. People will prefer to pay for something they will enjoy over something they will not. Taito is late, and the clones out there already provide more value per dollar.

  • http://www.chucksmith.de/ Chuck Smith

    I seriously don't get how people complain about paying $5 for an iPhone app. Do people really get more enjoyment out of a tall Starbucks latte which you'll finish in a half hour than from an iPhone app that was developed by a team and ported to a mobile platform which you can play for hours?

    • crsrc

      I wouldn't pay $5 for either of them, they're both rip offs

    • yacoub

      That's comparing apples to oranges, so your comparison is irrelevant.
      But to answer your question, $5 for a game that's already available nearly a dozen times over at $.99, several of which have more features, is why.

    • WeirdingWay

      Why does everyone compare the price of a latte to apps? Not everyone drinks coffee and even so, your analogy is terrible. People will prefer to pay for something they will enjoy over something they will not. Taito is late, and the clones out there already provide more value per dollar.

  • Beefkiller

    Haha so true. This game or anything is better then having a drink from greenbucks. I am debating on getting this since picking up C64 app. Loving how retro is getting it's sexy back :)

  • Beefkiller

    Haha so true. This game or anything is better then having a drink from greenbucks. I am debating on getting this since picking up C64 app. Loving how retro is getting it's sexy back :)

  • wegmans

    too little too late Taito!

  • wegmans

    too little too late Taito!

  • Billster

    $5!!!! I've been saving for months for a Pokemon T-Shirt. Buying this game will set me back for weeks!!!!

    Seriously, now. The DS version is $20 (without the paddle). Anyone that complains about the price of a game should have to post their age with their comment.

    As a die hard Arkanoid player in the late '80s (I finished the original on one quarter), I snapped this one up right away. I'd really like a PS3 version, complete with a Bluetooth paddle controller (I still regret getting rid of the Nintendo version with the custom controller), but I guess this'll have to do for now.

  • Billster

    $5!!!! I've been saving for months for a Pokemon T-Shirt. Buying this game will set me back for weeks!!!!

    Seriously, now. The DS version is $20 (without the paddle). Anyone that complains about the price of a game should have to post their age with their comment.

    As a die hard Arkanoid player in the late '80s (I finished the original on one quarter), I snapped this one up right away. I'd really like a PS3 version, complete with a Bluetooth paddle controller (I still regret getting rid of the Nintendo version with the custom controller), but I guess this'll have to do for now.

  • SteveP

    I loved the original Arkanoid on my II GS, but I wouldn't want it for iPhone. What I'd like is a full updated app for the Mac.

    • DanielNYC

      It is possible to play the original arcade game (as well as the sequel, The Revenge of Doh) on your Mac on MAME OS X...

      • stephane

        arkanoid for mac os x !? can you give me more infio , i've been looking evrywhere for it !
        thanks stephane / paris
        seeyoulater@wanadoo.fr

  • SteveP

    I loved the original Arkanoid on my II GS, but I wouldn't want it for iPhone. What I'd like is a full updated app for the Mac.

    • DanielNYC

      It is possible to play the original arcade game (as well as the sequel, The Revenge of Doh) on your Mac on MAME OS X...

  • http://www.callboxlive.com Stan Winstone

    Love it at 99 cents, it's a dog with fleas and $4.99.

    • http://www.callboxlive.com Stan Winstone

      it's a dog with fleas *at* $4.99 I mean

  • http://www.callboxlive.com Stan Winstone

    Love it at 99 cents, it's a dog with fleas and $4.99.

    • http://www.callboxlive.com Stan Winstone

      it's a dog with fleas *at* $4.99 I mean

  • br1an

    Why is there lag in the controls? It's minor, but it's definitely there, and a real buzzkill.

    That paddle needs to track along with your finger 1-to-1!

  • br1an

    Why is there lag in the controls? It's minor, but it's definitely there, and a real buzzkill.

    That paddle needs to track along with your finger 1-to-1!

  • lukeb

    I just beat this game on Normal mode using the lives=1 option, and made it to #1 on the global leaderboard for that mode. This is Arkanoid we're talking about. THE Arkanoid. Now for "hard" mode.

    • lukeb

      Oh wait, no, it's just *an* Arkanoid.

  • lukeb

    I just beat this game on Normal mode using the lives=1 option, and made it to #1 on the global leaderboard for that mode. This is Arkanoid we're talking about. THE Arkanoid. Now for "hard" mode.

    • lukeb

      Oh wait, no, it's just *an* Arkanoid.

  • http://www.mayhempanic.com MayhemPanic

    If you like Arkanoid, this is Arkanoid.

    But the nostalgia is the only reason they get away with charging this much. Everything outside of the gameplay (menus etc) seems awfully tacked on for this price.

  • http://www.mayhempanic.com MayhemPanic

    If you like Arkanoid, this is Arkanoid.

    But the nostalgia is the only reason they get away with charging this much. Everything outside of the gameplay (menus etc) seems awfully tacked on for this price.