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''Breakout'' is a 1976 PuzzleGame by Creator/{{Atari}}. Originally designed as a single-player version of ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'', it involves moving a paddle back and forth to break bricks with a ball. When all the bricks are destroyed, a second wall will appear. Destroy that and you win the game.

The game was very popular in arcades, and inspired legions of imitators. Its creators, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, were inspired to go and found their own company, Apple.

It had three official sequels. ''Super Breakout'' featured multiple paddles and balls, balls trapped above the bricks, and an advancing wall. It was an EndlessGame with infinite new walls. ''Breakout 2000'' for the UsefulNotes/AtariJaguar was a 3D version with [[{{Arkanoid}} powerups, unbreakable bricks, and multi-hit bricks]]. ''Breakout'' for the UsefulNotes/IBMPersonalComputer and UsefulNotes/{{Playstation}} had a character named Bouncer in a SaveThePrincess plot, breaking out of a prison, then traveling to Egypt, a farm, a castle, a factory, and space.

Not to be confused with BreakoutCharacter.
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!!''Breakout'' contains examples of:

* BreakingOut: The [[TropeMakers Trope Maker]] [[TropeNamer and namer.]]
* DifficultyByAcceleration: One of the earliest examples of this trope. The game speeds up as more bricks are destroyed.
* EndlessGame: ''Super Breakout''.
* ExcusePlot: In the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}} version, it's about [[GreatEscape a literal prison break.]] ''Super Breakout'' had a plot about an astronaut. ''Breakout'' for the PC and Playstation had Bouncer rescuing Daisy.
* FollowTheLeader: There were many, many clones produced in TheEighties.
** Still to this day, in fact. Many users of mobile phones will find some form of Breakout as one of their default games.
* LostInImitation: ''Breakout 2000''.
* PinballScoring: Notably absent.
* ScoringPoints
* SequelEscalation: ''Super Breakout''.
* AWinnerIsYou: The game ends with the ball bouncing around in an empty room.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: [[spoiler: Beat Batnix in the fourth game? Don't worry; there's one more level.]]
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