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  • Summary: Explore three game modes that offer varied gameplay designed for a wide range of users. Compete against others with two or four person multiplayer options to claim the title of ARKANOID DS champion. Decorate ARKANOID DS with colorful designs by trading points gained through gameplay for fun backgrounds and icons. Rock to an irresistible soundtrack produced by Zuntata, TAITO’s award-winning sound team. [Taito] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 29
  2. Negative: 7 out of 29
  1. As a whole, Arkanoid is addictive and even though it's not the only retro title Taito has released lately, for my money it's the best one.
  2. 80
    For $20, Arkanoid DS isn't just a steal, it's a requirement. It's fun, it looks and sounds great and it has options for both the solo and multiple players.
  3. It's easier to play on the touch-screen than the d-pad, and the visuals and music are cool, with the option to buy additional backgrounds and tunes in later levels.
  4. It's simple, feature-light and there's no variety in here ("Tetris DS" is much better value), but for a budget price it's not a bad stop-gap game. [Aug 2008, p.101]
  5. Arkanoid DS is a great old-school title, but it comes off as trying to be a hip skateboarding, Pepsi-drinking old dude that just needs to wear his age proudly.
  6. 50
    Arkanoid bounces back on DS, yet misses the point completely.
  7. And thanks to poor ball physics, the ball can quickly get stuck in a "loop" of identical bounces against indestructible blocks if you're unlucky.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. MrPerson
    Sep 17, 2008
    To all reviewers and users: If you gave this game anything less than a green score, let me give you some advice. Head over to (make sure it's the American one) and buy a Paddle Controller. I too thought this game sucked when I played it with the D-Pad, but if you have a Paddle Controller it's the best ball-breaking game ever, not to mention the best old-school arcade game on any current-gen console. Expand
  2. rb
    Jul 5, 2008
    Unplayable. The unnecessary narrow field and split screen do nothing but damage, and I am furious with myself for having spent money on this when my son and I were having so much more fun with Blasterball 3 on the PC -- which we ought to have bought by now, having reinstalled the demo at least five times. And the arcade feel is absolutely gone. I used to love this game and dropped 20p at a time on it every weekend at the tennis court lounge. Again, sick to my stomach that I paid for this. Undeveloped, unsophisticated, unacceptable. Expand