Tecmo, initially a supplier of cleaning equipment and now best known for Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive, was founded on this day in 1967!

Breakout variants

Group Description

As one of the first paddle games in gaming history, Breakout (1978) has spawned countless copycats and alterations to its original form. The original game is simple, what with bouncing a ball off of a paddle on the screen in an attempt to destroy all the blocks on the screen. Perhaps the concept is better known by the best-selling arcade variant of the game, Arkanoid (1986).

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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Breakout1976Arcade, Atari 2600, MSXAtari, Inc.3.33
Apple II Demo Program Cassette Tape (included game)1977Apple IIApple Computer, Inc.3.50
Circus Atari1977Arcade, Atari 2600Exidy, Inc.3.27
Videocart-17: Pinball Challenge1978Channel FFairchild Camera and Instrument Corp.2.42
Super Breakout1978Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Game Boy ColorAtari Corporation3.45
Block Buster1979MicrovisionMilton Bradley Co.4.00
Monkey Magic1979ArcadeNintendo Leisure System...
The Apple Tapes: Introductory Programs for the Apple II plus1979Apple IIApple Computer, Inc.5.00
Apple DOS 3.2 (included game)1979Apple IIApple Computer, Inc.4.50
Brick Wall1980Commodore PET/CBM...
Blockout! / Breakdown!1980Odyssey 2Magnavox2.25
Breakout1980Commodore PET/CBM5.00
Break-Out1980Commodore PET/CBM...
Breakout1980ZX80, ZX81Macronics Systems Ltd....
Double Breakout1981ZX80, ZX81Softsync, Inc....
Program Pack 41981ZX81Bug-Byte Software Ltd.2.00
Super Programs 51981ZX81International Computers Limited3.00
Bustout1981TRS-80 CoCoTandy Corporation3.00
Fireball1982Atari 2600Arcadia Corporation...
Super Blockbuster1982MicrovisionMilton Bradley Co....
Another VIC in the Wall1982VIC-20Bug-Byte Software Ltd....
Break1982Commodore PET/CBMCode Works, The...
Thro' The Wall also Scramble1982ZX81Sinclair Research Ltd.2.00
3-D Brickaway1982Atari 2600, Commodore 64, TRS-80 CoCoThe Avalon Hill Game Company2.51
Bachelor Party/Gigolo1982Atari 2600PlayAround1.12
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Selected Covers

Blockout! / Breakdown! Odyssey 2 Front Cover
Front cover for Blockout! / Breakdown!
Fireball Atari 2600 Front Cover
Front cover for Fireball
Block Buster Microvision Front Cover
Front cover for Block Buster
Super Breakout Atari 2600 Front Cover
Front cover for Super Breakout
Circus Atari Atari 2600 Front Cover
Front cover for Circus Atari

Selected Screenshots

Start of the game
Screenshot from Break-Out
Blockout! game start.
Screenshot from Blockout! / Breakdown!
Title screen
Screenshot from Fireball
The player starts with 8 balls
Screenshot from Breakout
Title screen
Screenshot from Another VIC in the Wall