Arkanoid, the game of paddle+ball+brick, has always been a very popular game ever since Taito made it popular with its famous Arkanoid of DOH series. The Palm OS has had its fair share of Arkanoids over the years…and MobileStream’s Meteor Breakout wants to be the best. But can it stack up?

Meteor’s interface is very well-done. The splash screen takes you to a level selection toggle, where one of the nine available campaigns can be chosen:
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After starting a game, one immediately notices the creativity of the game designers. Levels look really cool, and none is similar to the one before it. The engine supports a huge variety of brick types, leading to a very interesting overall gameplay experience:
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A variety of powerups is available to spice up the game like in every other Arkanoid clone. For all who are new to Arkanoid, a powerup changes the behavior of the paddle if you touch it.
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The variety of powerups is astonishing. For example, there are two different ‘shoot’ powerups and three ball modifiers – more than I ever saw before:
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Meteor’s levels are spiced up with enemies that can be destroyed by hitting them a few times with a ball. Some enemies survive more than one hit, and some of them even fire back:
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Last but not least, the game has excellent sound effects and a very cool background jingle tune…

This review looked at version 1.10 of Meteor on a Treo 680. The game was stable in the testing period, it needs about 3MB of RAM.

Overall, congratulations to MobileStream. Meteor Breakout is the new king of Arkanoid clones for the Palm OS. The game has extremely interesting gameplay and looks damn cool – a must have for every Arkanoid lover with an OS5 handheld…

Meteor costs 14.95$ in the TamsPalm store. Use the discount code ARKANOIDNOW to get 20% off the price for a week!

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2 Responses to “Meteor Breakout – Arkanoid for Palm OS”

  1. THANK YOU so much for this article. I had an araknoid clone for the Amiga called “megaball” and it was just like this. Cant wait to get my copy of Meteor breakout !:)

    Matt

  2. Hi,
    great to see you enjoy Meteor Breakout!

    Best regards
    Tam Hanna

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