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1988
Arcade: Action
£7.95
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Pete Connor
Chris Bourne

Balls bounce back from Imagine.

Bouncing balls can still make addictive computer fun, as Arkanoid 2 - The Revenge of Doh proves. The Breakout super-clone has now cloned itself to produce a game which wont astonish you with its originality, but will certainly keep you at the keyboard for lengthy periods.

The game, just in case you didn't know, involves bouncing a ball off your bat to break through walls of bricks at the top of the screen. These bricks are arranged in various fiendish ways (33 different ones) making them pretty tricky to destroy. Individual bricks may require several hits to destroy, while others are indestructible.

To help you, various tokens will flutter down towards you as you hit certain bricks; you might get laser fire, an expanding 'ghost' bat, or multiple balls. A welcome addition to the powers in Arkanoid are the red balls which burn through everything on screen, and the regenerating balls which come back even if you let them go off the bottom.

The basic idea is exactly the same as the first version of the game - but that's not going to put you off if you like this kind of thing. It's all put together pretty well and remains infuriatingly addictive.

Reviewer: Pete Connor

RELEASE BOX
Spec, £7.95cs, Out Now
Ams, £8.95cs, £14.95dk, Out Now
C64/128, £8.95cs, £12.95dk, Imminent
Atari ST, £19.95dk, Imminent
Amiga, £19.95dk, Imminent

Great fun while the addiction lasts - but Spectrum graphics could put you off.

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671/1000

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SPECTRUM VERSION

There's a problem with the background on the old Speccy; on lower levels it's a similar colour to the ball, making it more difficult than it should be to distinguish between the two. Aside from that there's little to complain of, addiction is the order of the day.

AMSTRAD VERSION

Very pleasant to took at, with extremely slick graphics and pretty colours. Control can be a little odd; you won't find the joystick much use, but the keys need to be pressed in a jerky manner to get to the right place. Furthermore, the bat sometimes seems to travel much more slowly than the ball, which can lead to great fury and anguish. But that's why you play, isn't it?

Graphics: 8/10

Audio: 6/10

IQ Factor: 4/10

Fun Factor: 8/10

Ace Rating: 749/1000

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Amstrad - Three regenerating balls on the go, but it's still going to be a tough screen.