Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. 74
    Arkanoid's a fun game that can best be described as looking a little "frumpy" on XBLA.
  2. In addition to the welcome multiplayer action featured in Arkanoid Live!, Taito also included a rule set different than original coin-op version.
  3. This XBLA update of the classic brick-breaker is let down by poor presentation and imprecise controls.
  4. Arkanoid is Breakout without the boredom. Well, without as much. [May 2009, p.83]
  5. A solid enough conversion. [Issue#46, p.101]
  6. Space Invaders Extreme took basic game play into an enjoyable online extravaganza; Arkanoid Live hasn’t really evolved Arkanoid at all. In fact, apart from the little polish on the menu and a multiplayer option, the game is pretty much the same as I played 15 years ago!
  7. Of the two Taito releases this is the weaker with little new on offer to tempt fans of the classic and new gamers to the world of Arkanoid.
  8. 50
    Arkanoid Live is good for some occasional casual fun -- as it's always been and always will be -- but with an iffy aesthetic and not much more variety outside of a standard two-player versus mode, it's probably not something you'll want to boot up often.
  9. Laughably outdated and, worse, overpriced. [Aug 2009, p.103]
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. MikeTolento
    May 7, 2009
    I want to like Arkanoid Live. I really do. I played Arkanoid on the NES like a fiend as a little boy. This Live Arcade version suffers big time from the lack of a wheel controller like the one that was packaged with the NES version. The 360's analog stick is just not designed for moving your paddle with any speed and accuracy. It becomes a major hindrance to this otherwise faithful translation of Taito's classic. Full Review »