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Breakout was a real breakthrough in videogame industry (easy). Despite the fact the people were starting to get bored of ball & paddle games which were here since 1972 (with Pong), Breakout renewed the genre with a new concept: a wall to destroy!

Nolan Bushnell, Atari's founder, wanted to turn Pong into a single player game.

Of course the game generated a vast legacy including the famous Arkanoid.


    Breakout inspired Breakaway (SD-2xx systems)
    Breakout inspired Brickdown / Shooting Gallery  (APF MP1000 systems)
    Breakout inspired Pinball Challenge (Fairchild Channel F)
    Breakout is related to Breakthru (Atari Video-Pinball (C380))


    Breakout (1977) for the Atari Video-Pinball (C380)



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year of release 1976
companies Atari
type game
media arcade cabinet
systems Arcade
number of players 1 - 2 players (alternate)
staff Steve Bristow (conception), Nolan Bushnell, Steve Jobs
tags ball and paddle, breakout

Brandon G.
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Amazing game, and HUGE milestone for all video games.

Around this time, screens were still in black and white. Video games were given the illusion of color by colored overlays. If you look closely at the screenshots, you can see this.

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