We've already seen critics rave over Space Invaders Extreme
, but how about Taito's other redone classic, Arkanoid DS
? Well, not so much. Reviews on this game range from good, to bad, to mediocre:
felt that the developers took everything that was great about Arkanoid
and flushed it down the toilet: "But once you played the game it's easy to see just how bad of an 'Arkanoid
' game it is. The Paddle peripheral is absolutely fantastic: the knob has great weight and interfaces with the system and game extremely well. But the gameplay is so far away from the original Arkanoid
. The sound effects and power-ups may have matched the arcade game but the same action is nowhere near the original."
was on the other side of the spectrum, and thought the game had a lot to offer: "There's more than enough fun to be had with Arkanoid DS
to justify its budget price tag, and the multiplayer content and online leaderboards that compare your performances in the single-player Clear mode ensure that there's no shortage of replay value if you're the competitive type. Arkanoid
was a great game in 1986 and it's still a great game in 2008. Arkanoid DS
is even better."
Nintendo Power (65/100)
found the game to be fun, but not on par with Space Invaders Extreme
: "Though not as glossy as Space Invaders Extreme
(another Taito update from Square Enix), brick-breaker Arkanoid DS
takes advantage of the DS hardware more than its classic-reborn cousin by offering a vertical playing field and a touch-control option." [July 2008, p.89]