Arkanoid = DS with knobs on

Friday 3 August 2007
80s arcade smash Arkanoid is heading for DS (currently in Japan only) and it's going to support an optional knob peripheral. Yes, you read that right. A true arcade-faithful knob to keep in your pocket. Stop sniggering at the back.

For those who've never experienced Arkanoid's simple charms, the game is a bat and ball game in the style of Breakout. You move the paddle (in this case a space ship named Vaus) from left to right, deflecting a ball into blocks which disappear on contact with it. Once the blocks are all gone, you're on to the next stage.

Unlike Breakout, Arkanoid features power-ups and a big boss at the end, so it's not that simplistic. And with its faithfully reproduced knob control for progressive paddle movement, the game should be a retro-lover's dream. The DS version will feature 140 stages and a quest mode too, so there will be plenty on offer to keep knob fiddlers occupied. Here's hoping the game and its shiny knob get a European release soon.

Justin Towell

Justin was a GamesRadar staffer for 10 years but is now a freelancer, musician and videographer. He's big on retro, Sega and racing games (especially retro Sega racing games) and currently also writes for Play Magazine,, PC Gamer and TopTenReviews, as well as running his own YouTube channel. Having learned to love all platforms equally after Sega left the hardware industry (sniff), his favourite games include Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams, Zelda BotW, Sea of Thieves, Sega Rally Championship and Treasure Island Dizzy.