Breakout was released circa April 1976 by Atari who also developed the game. Breakout is an action game.

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak both worked designing this game..

In the game, a layer of bricks lines the top third of the screen. A ball travels across the screen, bouncing off the top and side walls of the screen. When a brick is hit, the ball bounces away and the brick is destroyed.

There are 8 rows of 14 bricks to be cleared with each set with each two rows a different color. The color order from the bottom up is yellow, green, orange and red.

The player loses a turn when the ball touches the bottom of the screen. To prevent this from happening, the player has a movable paddle to bounce the ball upward, keeping it in play like in Pong

Using a single ball, the player must knock down as many bricks as possible by using the walls and/or the paddle below to ricochet the ball against the bricks and eliminate them. The game runs fast making this trickier than it seems.

Like Pong, Breakout also had different angles to the paddle which changed the dynamics. The resistive controller was not the most precise piece of hardware making the play very tricky with the obtuse angles. The game also made the paddle smaller which made the game even more challenging.

The game supports 2 players taking turns. If the player’s paddle misses the ball’s rebound, he or she will lose a turn.


This game originally was seen in pool halls near the pinball machines or maybe in some other corner.