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Aquanoid    Stefan Heineke & Karsten Finger,  1995

Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
A fast moving Arkanoid clone. It features VGA graphics (it's quite colorful) and PC speaker sound effects (don't worry, they can be turned off!). There are many different powerups, and one of the handy features of the game is that there is a light at the right side of the screen which tells you whether the one that's falling is good or bad, so you don't have to memorize all of the different capsules.
[Download] Click here to download Aquanoid (151k)
[Link] Aquanoid Cheat Codes
[Link] More info on Aquanoid at Mobygames.com


Bananoid    William Rieder,  1989

Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
A fairly basic Arkanoid clone. One difference is that the playing field is bigger than one screen, so the screen scrolls as you move. It will also work on a slower computer, so if you still use a 386, you may want to try this one out.
[Download] Click here to download Bananoid (47k)
[Link] More info on Bananoid at Mobygames.com


Bat & Ball    Andre van Wyk,  1994
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
An Arkanoid clone with a twist: Here you must guard your "castle" from the bouncing ball instead of trying to destroy it. You battle against three other paddles who are trying to protect their own castles. The graphics and sound aren't that great, but this is an amazing game for its size: 12k!
[Download] Click here to download Bat & Ball (12k)


Bipbop 2    S&M Software,  1993

Rating: 2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
BipBop 2 (I don't remember ever seeing the first one, if it exists) it a ball & paddle game ... it's a bit different though, kind of hard to describe. It's very simplistic, so if you have young children, this could be a good game for them to play. (Note: You will probably need MoSlo from the Essential Utilities page to play this game at a reasonable speed.)
[Download] Click here to download Bipbop 2 (153k)
[Link] More info on Bipbop 2 at Mobygames.com


Blockage    Ben Hanke,  2003
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
This simple Arkanoid clone has decent graphics and offers fast, no-frills gameplay. There are some lively graphics effects as well to keep things interesting. Pretty impressive considering the zip file is only 5k in size! (Note: This game does NOT seem to run well in DOSBox.)
[Download] Click here to download Blockage (5k)


Bounce Zone    Compute! Publications,  1990

Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Like Pong, but actually fun to play! There's actually some skill involved here, as you can send the ball firing towards your opponent (the computer ... it's only a one player game) and also move forward and backwards into the foreground. Pretty cool. (Note: Unless you have a VERY slow computer, you will need MoSlo from the Essential Utilities section to make it run at a reasonable speed.)
[Download] Click here to download Bounce Zone (86k)


Breakfree    Software Storm,  1994

Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
This Arkanoid close is truly unique ... because it's in 3D! "How would THAT work?" you ask. Well ... not extremely well. It IS fun to play ... however, it's easy to miss the "ball" (fireball?) because of the 3D perspective. The graphics are pretty good, however, and there are some SB sound effects (although no music). Check it out for a unique experience.
[Download] Click here to download Breakfree (414k)
[Link] Breakfree Level Codes


Breakout    Ken Silverman,  1991
Rating: 2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
A simple clone of the old Atari bouncing ball game "Breakout". There's some nice color cycling, the controls are decent, and you have more freedom of movement compared to the original. Not too much to say here though, other than this is one of the earlier creations of Ken Silverman, who later would create Ken's Labyrinth as well as the Build engine which was used for Duke Nukem 3D and other classic early 3D games. (Note: If you're interested in a fantastic modern Windows breakout/Arkanoid style game, I highly recommend BreakQuest! I've registered it, it's tons of fun!)
[Download] Click here to download Breakout (45k)


Bricks    Andreas Rottler,  1991

Rating: 3 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
The object of this unique puzzle game is to "free" one brick from the other bricks that are surrounding it. There is a bit of variety in the puzzles, given by the different types of other bricks that interfere with your task. The game's website also posts lots of additional information, like updated highscores lists, desktop icons, etc. Poor graphics but it's still a fun puzzle game.
[Download] Click here to download Bricks (103k)


Construction Bob (in the Bouncing Factory)    Oracle Software,  1993
Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Construction Bob is a variant of sorts of the normal Arkanoid/Breakout bouncing ball game, except here the "ball" is Construction Bob! Your job is to keep him bouncing up to collect various construction parts and stop him from hitting the floor. This game has decent graphics and sounds, but make sure to check the controls before you play because they are probably a bit different than you're used to.
[Download] Click here to download Construction Bob (in the Bouncing Factory) (190k)
[Link] More info on Construction Bob at Mobygames.com


Cyber Sphere    Clay Hellman,  1996

Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
One of many Arkanoid clones, this one is fairly average. It is a bit more challenging than most Arkanoid games, however, because the ball moves very quickly and since the blocks are close to the bottom of the screen, you have little time to react. VGA graphics and some nice SB effects.
[Download] Click here to download Cyber Sphere (45k)


EGAWalls    Polik,  1989
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Breakout spawned several clones, the most well known of which is probably Arkanoid, which itself spawned many clones. EGAWalls is one of several of those clones. It does add two-player gameplay (one one keyboard) but otherwise it fairly faithfully recreates an Arkanoid-like experience, with various powerups and classic brick-busting action! Could be fun if you want to play with a friend or just want a basic-looking and playing Arkanoid game.
[Download] Click here to download EGAWalls (40k)
[Link] More info on EGAWalls at Mobygames.com


Electranoid    Pixel Painters,  1994
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Another Breakout/Arkanoid clone, this time from the under-appreciated game design group Pixel Painters. This one looks pretty good, and has a lot of fancy animations, sounds/music, etc. Unfortunately it's not possible to skip the animations that occur during the game which can be annoying; but other than that minor quibble, the game plays quite well and includes most of the Arkanoid conventions like powerups, enemies, etc.
[Download] Click here to download Electranoid (154k)
[Link] More info on Electranoid at Mobygames.com


G-Stones 3    William D. Rinehart,  1996

Rating: 3 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
A mostly average Arkanoid clone. It has fairly good graphics, but the general lack of powerup items (they do appear, but much too infrequently) make the game less exciting than it could have been. Other than that, it's a very playable remake of the classic Breakout-style game.
[Download] Click here to download G-Stones 3 (182k)


Impact    Audiogenic,  1988
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Impact is an EGA Arkanoid clone. There are not many improvements made over the classic Arkanoid formula. One change is that instead of dropping powerups, the blocks drop coin-like items, that can be saved up to buy increasingly better powerups. (If you've played the Gradius or Life Force shooting games, it's a similar system.) Overall a pretty generic ball & paddle game. (Note! Use DOSBox and/or MoSlo, available on the essential utilities page or this game will run too fast. Tip: At the DOSBox prompt type "cycles ###" (where ### is a number) to change the speed, smaller=slower. I use "cycles 200" to play the game on a reasonable speed on my PC.)
[Download] Click here to download Impact (90k)


Krypton Egg    DotEmu,  1997

Rating: 4 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Like Arkanoid ... except better! This Arkanoid "clone" isn't really a clone at all. It features great graphics, cool sounds, and varied level design. The best part, however, are the cool powerups that drop down. In some levels, the screen gets really crazy with all of the balls and powerups and enemies flying around.
[Download] Click here to download Krypton Egg (1,437k)
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[Link] More info on Krypton Egg at Mobygames.com


PLBM Pong    PLBM Games,  1998
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
This is the most basic, no-frills version of pong (it also comes with a version of "Brickout") that I've found so far. The original games are duplicated almost perfectly ... of course, this means no flashy graphics or sound effects, and they'll likely get boring quickly. But, if you're looking for historical accuracy, these are probably pretty close.
[Download] Click here to download PLBM Pong (115k)


Pong    Jason Maas,  1994
Rating: 2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
This version of Pong has been updated a bit, and includes one or two player modes and different difficulty settings. It is, however, a bit quirky ... it just doesn't seem to play quite right for some reason.
[Download] Click here to download Pong (44k)


Pong Kombat    Gagne Software,  1994
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Ever wanted to play a parody of Pong done in a Mortal Kombat style? Well, uh, then you're a weirdo and this is the perfect game for you! ;) Its basically Pong but ... with some Mortal Kombat stuff thrown in. Intended as a parody, it partially succeeds, since its a bit more interesting than just plain 'ol Pong. Graphics and sounds are not great, but its certainly unique ...
[Download] Click here to download Pong Kombat (1,128k)


Powball    POW Productions,  2000
Rating: 3 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
Powball is a nice looking Arkanoid clone. There are various types of blocks to break, various powerups, and a generally appealing interface. The action can get somewhat hectic, what with the explosions and such. You can also use the mouse to move around, which is always a bonus in Arkanoid games. (So much easier than the keyboard!) Overall well put together but not extremely exciting to play. (This game was released as freeware as of July 2000.)
[Download] Click here to download Powball (1,059k)


Super Ball!    Raoul Said,  1992
Rating: 4 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Super Ball! is a fun Breakout/Arkanoid clone from the creator of the somewhat well-known shareware classic "Spitwad Willy". Super Ball! has few new features over other games of this type, except for the powerups that drop. There is one "bad" powerup (powerdown?) that drops: The bomb kills you. Often money tokens will drop for extra points. Overall nothing really new or different but it looks great and plays extremely well.
[Download] Click here to download Super Ball! (82k)


SuperBlast    MoraffWare,  1991
Rating: 2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
SuperBlast is a mostly generic Arkanoid clone, where the object is to use your paddle to bounce balls around and break bricks. It offers lots of different screen modes, and a couple of unique powerup items, but the graphics are mostly blah. It must've been impressive when it first came out because it uses VGA graphics ... ooooh! :)
[Download] Click here to download SuperBlast (86k)


Super Tournament Pong    -MWD- Software,  1994
Rating: 3 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
This is a much improved version of the "oldest" video game ever. (Pong wasn't REALLY the first video game, but it was the first popular one.) Anyways, this one features better graphics and some new gameplay ideas, like "super moves" and better paddle physics. Really, the improved paddle physics make a big difference in the game.
[Download] Click here to download Super Tournament Pong (77k)


Yabog    Kevin Peck,  1991
Rating: 3 1/2 stars  Freeware  [ Screenshot ]
A smooth and mostly uneventful Arkanoid clone. There are some cool things about this game, though. First of all, you can design your own levels using an included level editor. Secondly, there ARE some cool powerup blocks ... they're just not used enough in the default levels to make them exciting. Cool if you're creative and would like to make your own levels.
[Download] Click here to download Yabog (77k)


Zong    Robert J. Sundling,  1995
Rating: 2 1/2 stars  Shareware  [ Screenshot ]
Zong is not actually a Pong game, despite its name. Its actually an Arkanoid clone. It features the usual powerups and brick-breaking action. Although it seems very well designed and has a slick user interface, there isn't really much that differentiates Zong from the many other Arkanoid clones available, so play this only if you're a big fan of the Arkanoid/Breakout genre. (Note: If you're interested in a fantastic modern Windows breakout/Arkanoid style game, I highly recommend BreakQuest! I've registered it, it's tons of fun!)
[Download] Click here to download Zong (584k)




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