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Breakout

Breakout is a discrete logic (non-microprocessor) game, originally created by Nolan Bushnell, Steve Bristow and Steve Wozniak (Breakout directly influenced Steve Wozniak's design for the Apple II computer) for Atari, Inc and introduced on May 13, 1976. It was conceptualized by Nolan Bushnell and Steve Bristow, and influenced by the 1972 arcade game Pong. The game was ported to video game consoles and upgraded to video games such as Super Breakout. In addition, Breakout was the basis and ins…

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Breakout

Breakout is a discrete logic (non-microprocessor) game, originally created by Nolan Bushnell, Steve Bristow and Steve Wozniak (Breakout directly influenced Steve Wozniak's design for the Apple II computer) for Atari, Inc and introduced on May 13, 1976. It was conceptualized by Nolan Bushnell and Steve Bristow, and influenced by the 1972 arcade game Pong. The game was ported to video game consoles and upgraded to video games such as Super Breakout. In addition, Breakout was the basis and inspiration for books, video games, and the Apple II personal computer.

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In the game, a layer of bricks lines the top third of the screen. A ball travels across the screen, bouncing off the top and side walls of the screen. When a brick is hit, the ball bounces away and the brick is destroyed. The player loses a turn when the ball touches the bottom of the screen. To prevent this from happening, the player has a movable paddle to bounce the ball upward and back into play. The arcade cabinet uses a black and white monitor. However, the monitor has strips of colored cellophane placed over it so that the bricks appear to be in color. In an updated version of the game, players take the role of “Bouncer”, whose main objective is to rescue both his friends and Daisy and defeat the evil Batnix. The gameplay is similar to the original game from 1977, but with 3D graphics and multiplayer support. It features exotic locations like a dark prison cell, a menacing Dragon-owned castle, an animal infested farm, and outer space. The game also contains numerous challenging modes, secrets and bonuses.

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