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Alleyway is a basic Breakout variant. As Mario, the player must control a "podship" and deflect the ball towards the mass of blocks. Hitting a block will either weaken or destroy it. Once all the blocks are destroyed, the level is complete.

The game uses a small number of repeating tables along with twists such as horizontal rotation, periodical vertical drop of the entire mass of blocks, etc.


Alleyway Game Boy Taking to long makes the roof come down a bit making it a bit harder
Alleyway Game Boy Title Screen
Alleyway Game Boy Title screen on the Game Boy Color. The game also gets a palette assigned, one that is not manually selectable.
Alleyway Game Boy The second bonus is in the shape of the tortoise enemies from the Mario games

Promo Images

Alleyway Screenshot
Alleyway Screenshot
Alleyway Screenshot
Alleyway Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "アレイウエイ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A fun, classic game on the Game Boy Game Boy AaronGamer (45)
Quite horrible really. Game Boy Tomer Gabel (4644)

Critic Reviews

VideoGame Game Boy Jun, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
All Game Guide Game Boy 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Official Nintendo Magazine Nintendo 3DS 2011 61 out of 100 61
Mag'64 Nintendo 3DS Oct 16, 2011 6 out of 10 60
Zero Game Boy Apr, 1990 53 out of 100 53
Retro Game Reviews Game Boy Nov 06, 2015 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 50
Power Play Game Boy Apr, 1990 48 out of 100 48
Gamegravy Nintendo 3DS Jul 15, 2011 3.5 out of 10 35
Mean Machines Game Boy Nov, 1990 33 out of 100 33
Imperium Gier Game Boy Feb 12, 2002 3 out of 10 30


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