Arkanoid DS Review
Arkanoid DS box art
System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Taito 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Square Enix 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: June 17, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

In all single-player game types, blocks will randomly drop power-ups. These falling goodies will augment your VAUS by increasing or reducing its width (a VAUS with reduced width increases point totals), giving you a laser cannon, multiplying the Energy Balls, increasing or decreasing their speed, allowing you to catch the ball and re-deploy at your leisure, giving you an automatic warp to the next level, etc. Using power-ups in Arkanoid DS is not only important but also quite fun.

Arkanoid DS screenshot

In multiplayer modes (and Vs. COM), players will also be able to catch power-ups to help their cause. But this time, power-ups are used not only to buff themselves but also to hinder their opponents' progression. Multiplayer game types include two and four-player Bust All and Bust Color (clear all bricks or all bricks of a specific color respectively). Multiplayer can be accessed via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection or locally through DS Wireless Communication capabilities. Doing so allows you to play with fellow countrymen over the internet or with friends either at home or online. One thing that is certainly praiseworthy is the ability to play multiplayer with up to four players with just one DS cartridge via Download Play. This makes Arkanoid DS quite family-friendly, as kids and parents stuck in a speeding car during the Summer road trip can have some serious competitions without having to break the bank on multiple carts.

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The presentation of the title is very nice. The visuals are solid for the DS. Plus, all the customizable graphics and unlockable sprites are a nice feature. This also extends to the greatly varied musical selections. Furthermore, the beginning of each level is marked by the classic Arkanoid theme that helps to root the game in the tradition of its predecessors.

All in all, Arkanoid DS is an excellent handheld title that will resonate with casual gamers, arcade aficionados, and nostalgic gamers. Some may find the gameplay mechanic to be repetitive and even dull, but the majority of gamers should be pleased with the quick, intuitive play and multiplayer options. Arkanoid DS is a game I can highly recommend for anyone looking to beef up their gaming-to-go library!

By Jonathan Marx
CCC Editor / News Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.0
Graphics
The visuals are clear as a bell on the DS, with a bunch of customizable options.
4.5
Control
The stylus controls are great. Arkanoid DS for North America misses out on a perfect score because the paddle peripheral is not available.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
There are tons of varied musical tracks to open up. The beginning of each level is classic Arkanoid.
3.5

Play Value
Gameplay is quite enjoyable in short bursts. Some gamers may find it either too easy or too repetitive.

4.0
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Gain power-ups to help you clear stages faster.
  • Multiple gameplay modes add to the fun.
  • Up to 4 people can battle head-to-head via DS Wireless play!
  • Challenge other players using the Nintendo Wi-Fi network!
  • Only one cart is necessary for Wireless DS Single-Card Download Play!


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