Arkanoid
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Another example of an early arcade concept updated years later with more modern gameplay enhancements, Arkanoid updated the concept of Atari's 1976 Breakout with powerups, enemies and colorful graphics, which turned a relatively dated gameplay mechanic into something exciting and new upon its release a decade later. Tied to a storyline in which the player's paddle is a spaceship fighting its way home, the game's key innovation is the ability to grab falling capsules that cause the Vaus ship to grow wider, gain laser weapons, capture the ball and more. The levels also feature a wide variety of creative block designs, aliens to destroy, blocks that require multiple hits and more. The simple but addictive update to the formula made Arkanoid an enduring hit in 80s arcade and beyond.

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