5 out of 5
More levels, more bricks, more colors!
If you loved Taito's Arkanoid
, this second game from them is just the right amount of diversity and fun. It adds quite a few novel things to the equation: some bricks that cannot be broken, some bricks that move up and down and left and right and kind of ask you to make sure you expect the unexpected (collisions!) that can really send a ball flying out of the table. To be honest, while I absolutely love Arkanoid the original as a time waster game, this second one really is more diverse and more fun. And the best feature about it is that it doesn't go the route of bringing additions to the main game that are unwanted or unnecessary, the kind that don't make sense in the long haul. You know, like fluffy little nonsense things, or smiling faces, or story modes that make no sense. Nope, it is a straight well done expansion to the original, packing in exactly that which the game needs: variety to the actual gameplay. So, yeah, if you loved the original, play it and have Krypton Egg
around for good measure, as that too is a nice clone.
5 out of 5
Breakout style, improved a lot!
Arkanoid games are Breakout
variant that manages to improve the game experience by adding arcade features. Arkanoid 2, in particular is basically simple with some addition... you're controlling a spacecraft in the shape of a paddle, bouncing a ball to the top to break some brick, making sure the ball never falls down. A simple idea, but there's more. Breaking some bricks may reveal some power-ups, which are quite useful in some situations. One of the best power-ups, is the laser gun, while your ball is busy breaking other blocks, you can destroy other bricks with your laser. Be careful, though, because if you accidentally pick another power-up, the previous one will go away, which sometimes is annoying because most of the time, several power-ups will drop down at once. But nonetheless, these make the game more fun. The game more challenging as you progress, so don't expect this to be an easy game. In conclusion, any fans of arcade classics should consider playing Arkanoid 2 whenever they have the chance!