Break Out Classic Game-Play for You

Break Out was first introduced in May, 1976 by Atari, Inc. The game was conceptualized as a single player alternative to Pong by Nolan Bushnell and Steve Bristow.

The game itself is made up of several rows of bricks in the top third of the screen. The player uses a paddle to bounce a ball around the screen. The ball bounces off the walls and the bricks. When a brick is hit, it disappears. The goal is to destroy the rows of bricks entirely. This version was available on video arcade machines. Strips of colored cellophane were attached to the screen to make the bricks appear to be colored.

The version for the Atari home video game system was published in 1978, with a few modifications.

Break Out Game-Play

The original Break Out game consisted of eight rows of colored bricks. The bottom two rows were yellow, followed by two rows of green, then two rows of orange, and finally two rows of red.

By bouncing around a single ball with a paddle and the side walls, the player must eliminate each of the bricks positioned in the top section of the playfield.

If the player misses the ball with the paddle, they lose a paddle. The player has three attempts to remove two screens of bricks. Each color is worth a different amount of points. Yellow bricks are one point each, green bricks are three points each, orange bricks are five points each and red bricks are seven points each.

Once the wall has been broken through and starts bouncing on the top, the player's paddle reduces in size by half. To make the game more challenging, the ball increases its speed after four hits, again after twelve hits and again after making contact with the orange and red layers.

Each screen is worth 448 points. By clearing two screens, a player could earn a perfect score of 896. There is a way to get a higher score, however. If you play a two-player game, and player one completes the first screen using their third ball, then lets the ball go, player one's second screen gets transferred to player two as a third screen. If player two can tackle three screens with only three balls, they have the potential to score 1344 points.

The Atari VCS version for play on your television set reduced the amount of bricks to six rows. Players were allowed five turns to clear two screens. A variant was added, changing the play so instead of bouncing off a brick, the ball would hit the wall and pass through all the layers until it hits the back wall.

Break Out was soon the favorite game of many people. Even today, it is popular among those who enjoy the old original video games (called classic games).

Versions of the game has been released on various handheld game machines over the years since its debut, as well as versions being made for the PC and Playstation. Break Out has been used to design many other games built upon the same concept over the years, including a "sequel" called Super Break Out as well as many games available online today.

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