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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 Title screen on Super Game Boy. Alleyway is one of the games that is internally detected and assigned one of the predefined palettes.
Alleyway Game Boy A different pattern of blocks
Alleyway Game Boy A more harder pattern of blocks
Alleyway Game Boy Title screen on the Game Boy Color. The game also gets a palette assigned, one that is not manually selectable.

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Alternate Titles

  • "アレイウエイ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A fun, classic game on the Game Boy AaronGamer (42) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Quite horrible really. Tomer Gabel (4354) 2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

Nintendo Acción 1993 80 out of 100 80
VideoGame Jun, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Player One Oct, 1990 75 out of 100 75
All Game Guide 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Zero Apr, 1990 53 out of 100 53
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Sep, 1989 20 out of 40 50
Power Play Apr, 1990 48 out of 100 48
Mean Machines Nov, 1990 33 out of 100 33
Imperium Gier Feb 12, 2002 3 out of 10 30


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Tomer Gabel (4354) added Alleyway (Game Boy) on Jun 11, 2001
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