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Critic Reviews

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Woodgrain Wonderland (Oct 14, 2016)
Like so many things in life, you need the right tool for the right job, and when it comes to mindless, relaxing fun, Breakout delivers par excellence. The cart as a whole isn’t perfect (invisible bricks and timed events do not really add much) but there’s enough variety to keep players occupied for some time. Guided ball variations are particularly fun. If given a choice between the two, I’d probably pick the later Super Breakout because of the multiball and progressive variations that I really like. However, the earlier Breakout features the rainbow formation of bricks, which must have blew some peoples’ minds back in ’78.
Retro Game Reviews (Apr 27, 2016)
Breakout is a remarkable game that adds some much needed depth to what is essentially an incredibly simple concept. There's so much to see and enjoy here, and whether you're playing alone or with a group of friends the variety of modes will keep you occupied for a long time.
Atari HQ (2000)
Breakout is like Checkers in that it's incredibly easy to learn, but difficult to master. It's simple enough for novices and children to pick up and play, but pros will also get a lifetime of enjoyment out of this classic evolution of Pong.
This game is fun enough that it would be worth playing more just to see how far you could get into clearing the blocks. Indeed, I would wholeheartedly recommend this game to all Atari 2600 gamers, were it not for the existence of Super Breakout. Still, if you for some reason can't find Super Breakout, this game is certainly good in its own right.
The Video Game Critic (Feb 14, 2004)
Even with its archaic gameplay, this oldie offers enough challenge and variety to keep you occupied for a while.
Le Geek (2012)
Overall, the game is too simple and a little too difficult for my taste. Unless you remember Breakout fondly, I recommend the superior sequel, Super Breakout.
So, all in all, Breakout on the Atari 2600 is serviceable. Though, the thing is, there is really no reason to play it whatsoever. The attempts to extend the original gameplay are really half-hearted. None of the variants introduce any major improvement to playability; you could even say the variants fail to introduce much actual variation. This version belongs in the history books. Both in the good (insofar that it was important) and the bad (insofar that it has been surpassed in all respects) way. If you want your purely nostalgic flash: go ahead!