Breakout - PC

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Also for: Power Mac, PlayStation, Nuon
Viewed: 3D Combination Genre:
Classic Arcade: Bat and Ball
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Hasbro Soft. Co.: Atari
Publishers: Infogrames (GB)
Released: 28 Sept 2001 (GB)
Ratings: 3+
Accessories: Control Pad


The eighties. What does that phrase suggest to you? Pastel-coloured box jackets with the sleeves rolled up, A Flock Of Seagulls on Top Of The Pops, Sloan Rangers and 'Yoof TV' for those people obsessed with ironic iconography. For those of a certain age, and stranded in the cultural no-man's land of the early part of that decade, the arcade was the place to hang out, and a game with the simplest of premises was right there at the top of the list of 'must plays'.

That game was called Break Out and was responsible for many missed lessons and lectures, and repeated requests for an increase in pocket money. Well start saving up, 'cos it's back, and Hasbro deserve a huge pat on the back for bringing it to us once more. Like an old friend you haven't seen for a long while, Break Out may have changed cosmetically, but fundamentally it's just the same. The biggest change is the fact that your old friend has put on a bit of weight and gone all three dimensional, and has a tale to tell, however slight the details may be. Never mind the narrative, let's just have the bat and get the balls rolling!

Whether you find yourself worrying sheep down on the farm, fending off fishy foes from a wooden raft, or battling some evil presence in an Egyptian tomb, Break Out still does the business. It's still an addictive little devil and will no doubt be responsible for many late nights/early mornings. The 3D aspect is there to appeal to modern gamers and old hands will revel in the nostalgia trip that will inevitably ensue. So if you missed out on too many history lessons all those years ago, get Break Out this time around and learn to love it.