11 Facts About Arkanoid


Arkanoid is a 1986 block breaker arcade game developed and published by Taito.

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Arkanoid was ported to many home video game platforms, including the Commodore 64, Nintendo Entertainment System, ZX Spectrum, and mobile phones, and it spawned a long series of sequels and updates over the course of two decades.

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Arkanoid was designed by Akira Fujita and Hiroshi "ONIJUST" Tsujino, both of whom were members of Taito's Yokohama Research Institute.

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Arkanoid was officially released in Japan in July 1986, and in North America later that year by distributor company Romstar.

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Arkanoid was ported to the ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, BBC Micro, MSX, Atari 8-bit family, Apple II, NES, Amiga, Atari ST, Apple IIGS and IBM PC.

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Arkanoid was Japan's highest-grossing table arcade game during the second half of 1986, and the overall sixth highest-grossing table arcade game of 1986.

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Arkanoid's described Arkanoid as "a lovely game" that is "fast, colourful, simple and addictive".

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Computer Gaming World stated in 1988 that Arkanoid on the Amiga was "a perfect version of the arcade game.

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Arkanoid was the first game to enter the Popular Computing Weekly Hall of Fame, in 1987.

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Arkanoid was followed by a number of direct and indirect sequels.

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Tournament Arkanoid was released in 1987 exclusively in the United States by Romstar.

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