is a 1976 Puzzle Game
. Originally designed as a single-player version of 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 Endless Game
with infinite new walls. Breakout 2000
for the Atari Jaguar
was a 3D version with powerups, unbreakable bricks, and multi-hit bricks
for the IBM Personal Computer
had a character named Bouncer in a Save the Princess
plot, breaking out of a prison, then traveling to Egypt, a farm, a castle, a factory, and space.
Not to be confused with Breakout Character
Breakout contains examples of: