ARKANOID : DOH IT AGAIN
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アルカノイド
© Taito Corporation 1997
Release: 1997-01-15 (¥4980)
Cartridge SHVC-A6
Breakout game

American Version
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Released in America as
ARKANOID DOH IT AGAIN
( SNS-A6-USA )


European Version
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Released in Europe as
ARKANOID DOH IT AGAIN
( SNSP-A6-XXX )


Arkanoid: Doh It Again is an upgraded version of the arcade game Arkanoid originally released by Taito. The game's concept is based on Atari's Breakout, but with more depth and content. The alien Doh, giant enigmatic head somehow inspired by the MPC core from Tron and the famous Easter Islands statues, menaces the universe and prevents human spaceships to colonize distant planets. The player takes control of a scout vessel called Vaus curiously shaped like a paddle. The goal of the game is to clean up every bricks on the screen with the energy ball, and this through not less than a hundred stages. But things get a little more complex. Not all bricks have the same properties - some just disappear when hit, others need a number of hits and some are just indestructible. They may also drop power-up cells that give the player new abilities such as extra-life, laser-gun, multiple-balls, large or small paddle, thunder-shield and so forth. Every ten levels or so, the player faces a mean boss who must be defeated to carry on. The game can be played with a standard Super Famicom paddle (thanks to the L and R button which boost the paddle in one direction) but also with the mouse. Finally, a save option (using passwords) is available without forgetting a neat level editor.
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I clearly remember the first time I played Arkanoid (as a kid), and how puzzled I was when I saw some advertising about it - "What is this game about ?". Arkanoid is just great and no, despite what the title implies, this version doesn't feature the Simpsons. Arkanoid Doh it again gives away all the features you ever wished for, if you happen to like Arkanoid as I do. Playing with a standard Super Famicom controller is quite tricky and the mouse is probably a much better choice (if you happen to own one). The game is however full of surprises and fun. Taito has packed here enough stages to keep any fan of the series satisfied and the level editor helps to expand the game's already long lifespan. Arkanoid Doh it again is a classic and is still very addictive, even after all these years.




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