Video Game Review Orb 3D Nintendo Entertainment System 1991 Developed by: Hi Tech Expressions Published by: Hi Tech Expressions
Pong like games have been the basis for some notable titles through the years. Breakout and Arkanoid are examples of games that have taken a simple idea, added a few gameplay mechanics and have ended up becoming great games. Hi Tech Expressions’s Orb 3D not only takes the key concepts of Pong and make it its own but radically changes what we’ve come to expect from the paddle-based games. It’s different and fun but not without its flaws. Still, Orb 3D ends up giving the player an enjoyable experience that is unique from other things on the NES.
Video Game Review Smashbreak Playstation Portable (PSP Mini) 2010 Developed by: Sony Published by: Sony
While most of the games produced by Sony under the PSP minis system have been extremely disappointing, Smashbreak is a nice treat. Although, it too is plagued with problems and ultimately will leave you shaking you’re head, it’s not bad enough to leave you violently frustrated. It helps that Smashbreak takes the simple concept of Breakout and turns it on its head. There are a lot of interesting aspects within this small game but the execution could have been handled better. Still, it’s not a bad purchase for only a few bucks.
Hall of Fame Inductee Breakout Original Release: 1976 (Arcade) Developed by: Atari Published by: Atari
When Pong came out, people realized that the game came with a major flaw: you had to play the game with another person. People with no friends were left looking lonely in the corner. Atari responded several years later with Breakout which is essentially a Pong game for people to play by themselves. Atari and the creators of Pong felt that taking the Pong concept and developing into a single-player experience would be well received. They were right as Breakout not only did very well in the arcades but also spurned multiple sequels and has had a lasting legacy.
The first round of voting is over for the Madness Brewing Video Game Hall of Fame. Ten games were inducted among the introductory batch of titles. There were a few surprises; both on the side of those that received enough votes to be inducted as well as others that didn’t receive enough votes to remain on future ballots. There was also some controversy over some of the titles that did not get inducted.
Hall of Fame Inductee Pong Original Release: 1972 (Arcade) Developer: Atari Publisher: Atari
If there’s one video game that most people recognize that came out prior to the home console rebirth in 1985, it was Pong. It wasn’t the first video game nor was it eye-catching. However, it was easy to get and fun to play with another person. Pong got people playing video games and laid the foundation for the entire genre of entertainment.