It's been over 10 years since U.S. gamers have gotten a new home version of Arkanoid, but in Japan the series has lived on, and the latest incarnation, Arkanoid Returns, is now available for the PlayStation in Japan.
Aside from a new Two-player Cooperative Mode and some really flashy 2-D graphics, there's nothing mind-numbingly groundbreaking about Arkanoid Returns. But does there need to be? Not at all. As anyone who's played Breakout, Alleyway or any of the other brick-breaking franchises will tell you, this type of game is HIGHLY addictive and will keep you occupied for hours on end. Arkanoid Returns features too stages of play in the Arcade Mode and another too in the Extra Mode (which is harder and has some new obstacles not found in the original mode). There's also an Edit Mode (to make your own stages), and a game called Squash which is a modified version of the Two-player Mode where each time the ball is hit, one of the two players' drones will disappear, forcing the other guy to make the move. It may sound simple, but it really is a lot of fun. The game supports the PS Mouse for more accurate control, and if you've got it-Namco's Volume Controller will work too (it's a small knob controller like the one released with Arkanoid for the NES many years ago, and it's only available in Japan).
Currently there are no plans to bring this one to the U.S., but with any luck that'll change soon.
- MANUFACTURER - Taito Corp.
- THEME - ACTION
- NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2