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Atari 2600
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,761 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Classic Atari 2600 video game. 12 variations. Use with paddle controllers.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Breakout is just plain dull December 3, 2012
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Yes, I get it. This hailed from the 70s, where video games were as primitive as they could get. But it had some greats. Pong is an all-time classic, Asteroids and Space Invaders were pretty neat shooters, and Breakout.....was a game of Pong against a million bricks on a single screen.

The idea is innovative at the time, but the execution is lacking. One can't possible have the attention span that this game requires for you to destroy every single block on the screen. Granted, there were new ways to play the game on this Atari 2600 cart. You could make it so you can catch the ball in your paddle, or you could steer the ball (Which half-works). This only changes how the ball bounce against the bricks, though, rather than the slow pace.

What could have saved this game was its "Breakthru" mode. It allowed the ball to, instead of bounce off the blocks, go THROUGH them as they are destroyed! The pace went faster than ever, but it just so happens to go TOO fast. Literally. The ball somehow gains speed as it eats up the bricks. Once the ball bounces back toward the bottom of the screen, it could beat Sonic in a race. That's not fun for the player, but rather frustrating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breakout (the cash and buy this) March 6, 2012
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Breakout is an arcade game developed by Atari, Inc and introduced on May 13, 1976. It was conceptualized by Nolan Bushnell and Steve Jobs, and influenced by the 1972 arcade game Pong, also by Atari. The game was ported to video game consoles (sych as the Atari 2600, as the one for sale here) and upgraded to video games such as Super Breakout. In addition, Breakout was the basis and inspiration for books, video games, film, and the Apple II personal computer. In the game, a layer of bricks lines the top third of the screen. A ball travels across the screen, bouncing off the top and side walls of the screen. When a brick is hit, the ball bounces away and the brick is destroyed. The player loses a turn when the ball touches the bottom of the screen. To prevent this from happening, the player has a movable paddle to bounce the ball upward, keeping it in play. The arcade cabinet uses a black and white monitor. However, the monitor has strips of colored cellophane placed over it so that the bricks appear to be in color. With that said, the game is a lot of fun even though it's very simple and it requires very specific skills, that not everyone has, in order to be able to play it for any length of time.

Requires standard paddle controllers.
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