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- Gain power-ups to help you clear stages faster
- Multiple gameplay modes add to the fun
- Up to 4 people can battle head-to-head via DS Wireless play
- Challenge other players using the Nintendo Wi-Fi network
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The classic arcade puzzle game comes to the Nintendo DS! You know the rules: break the blocks and clear the board. It sounds simple, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy to do. New modes, customizability, and head-to-head wireless play add to the fun.
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Once I started p[laying it felt just like the old arcade version and I really quite enjoy it. I also just had to go and buy the Taito Paddle which is a wheel used to move your Vaus. This is a small version of the wheel that was on the original arcade games. It is also a little bit weighted so that it has a natural spin to it. People familiar with the arcade game will know what I mean when I say that. Trust me, it is a great addition to the game, however, it was only sold in Japan, and nowadays they are hard to come by, or very overpriced. I got mine on an auction site as a buy it set price option for $37. + s&h.As much as I love using the paddle, I have to admit that the D-Pad feels just as natural and works fine. I didn't like using the stylus pen though. I have also played Arkanoid on my brother's PS3, and as there is no paddle for that version, you have to use the Left stick to move the vaus, and I found it quite difficult to get used to, so if you too tried the Ps3 and didn't like it for that reason, this ds version is much more natural feeling- movement wise.The Ps3 gameplay was the same(he only had a trial version, so I didn't see that many levels on it though)
As far as who this game is good for- There is no violence or language or anything that wouldn't be appropriate for children so I should think anyone who enjoyed the arcade version or Breakout or Pong from way back in the day, or people who enjoy puzzle or hand eye coordination games will really enjoy this. It's a great way to pass time, say in a waiting room or in line at the DMV, or just for the fun of it.I also ordered a game called "Break Em All" which appears similar to this, and I'll review that after I get it.
By the way, I ordered both games from sellers offering them used "like new", as I wouldn't pay the $33.00 price for the game.I fear I may finish it too soon to merit that price, but again, I used to be very good at this game;then again- I used to be good at running, and now I only do that when something's chasing me.
First of all, Arkanoid plays just fine with a stylus. I'm sure it's better with a paddle like the original but since the game didn't come with one, the stylus works good.
I enjoyed playing it with the stylus. There is an option of easy, normal, or hard. I chose normal hoping it's like the original. You also can choose your backgrounds and the style of the vaus I think, number of barriers (how many lives you get per round) and the music after you earn points for playing.
Now for comparing the original to this one: The backgrounds are completely different. The blocks are pretty much the same but much much less blocks. The graphics of the blocks are nice and colorful. The vaus is similar but not exactly the same. There are no falling objects to make the game hard at all like the original does. (at least not in the normal play, maybe in the hard setting, I haven't tried the hard mode yet) There are falling capsules giving you "powers" of the ball, like "C" for catch, "E" for expanding your vaus and so forth. If you are familar with the original, you know what I'm talking about. In this one, the capsules are small and almost hard to read the lettering but once you learn their colors & powers, you'll be fine after that. I used to love the pink capsule for warping onto the next level. I haven't seen that capsule at all so far.
I actually completed the game in shock because I thought I had long ways to go. It goes to like 35 rounds and it was easy. (I am very good at the original and have completed the game multiple times) Each level they give you certain number of lives depending what you chose. If you use up all your lives, you can continue where you left off which is nice. So I played all the way to the end hoping to see the final face at the end but as it turns out the ending was...well I'll leave that for you to find out...
After I completed the game, it scrolled the credits, then says, "thanks for playing..." Then says, "Congratulations! You have earned new Vaus."
How exciting. I'll see how that is.
In all I enjoyed playing it but it wasn't as challenging as the original at all. (at the normal mode) I'll try the hard mode and see how it goes. The graphics, in my opinion, is MUCH better in the NES version. I'm giving it 4 stars because of that. Still it's fun to play whether you've played the NES version or are new to this game.
I'll revise or add onto this review once I try the hard mode or go further with a new vaus to see if there's anything new...
UPDATE: Ok I've tried the hard mode and it is challenging!! It has the same challenges as the NES version with much less blocks again. There are few rounds that was just like the original and some new where you have to get the ball into the right location to get into an area to knock out the blocks. Those took me a while! I'm glad I bought it!
If you don't like this review, give me a comment and let me know what you don't like about it.