Breakout is one of the oldest and most popular arcade games ever developed. It’s the renowned game in which you use a movable paddle to bounce a ball upward and destroyed all kinds of brick structures.
Initially developed by Atari, it has become a symbol for arcade games, next to well-known names like Pong, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Mario, or Donkey Kong. Due to its popularity, many remakes and variants of this game have been created over time. DX-Ball is one of those remakes. It’s also one of the oldest and most downloaded as well. I remember my father-in-law playing DX-Ball many years ago, on a Windows 95 system. Unfortunately, the game still looks quite the same today, after all these years. Its graphics are highly outdated and haven’t been improved since probably the times when this game was created. The main menu also looks quite unintuitive and rather lackluster and unpolished.
On the other hand, the things that brought popularity to this game in the first place are still there: the diverse play boards, the complexity of the gameplay, and the many challenging levels. It comes with a huge number of varied boards, organized in several packs, each one with a different price. The many power-ups also add depth to the game.
To sum it all up, if you like Breakout-games, DX-ball is still a top choice, though it could use a serious cosmetic upgrade.