Super Breakout

The Arcade PCB by Atari, Inc.

Super Breakout screenshot

Emulated in MAME !

DESCRIPTION

[ARCADE] Arcade PCB

Super Breakout © 1978 Atari.


Super Breakout allows the player(s) to select any one of three different action-packed Super Breakout games by turning the game select knob on the control panel to the desired game. The three available Super Breakout modes are the following :

* Double Breakout : before serving the ball, the Double Breakout playfield contains 52 orange bricks (4x13) at the top of the screen and 52 green bricks (4x13) immediately below the orange brick wall.
Two paddles are displayed at the bottom end of the screen. When the serve pushbutton is pressed two balls are served. If the first ball served is missed, it counts as a missed serve and goes against the players allotted serves per game; otherwise the second ball is served. If the second ball served is missed after striking the first served ball, the player may continue with the first ball.

* Cavity Breakout : before serving the ball, the Cavity Breakout playfield contains 44 orange bricks and 52 (4x13) green bricks located immediately below the orange brick wall. At approximately 3 columns in and 2 rows down into the orange brick wall, from both the left and the right side of the wall, two cavities appear. These two cavities occupy the space of 4 bricks (a 2x2 brick area).
One paddle is provided in this game, and only one ball is served, unlike Double Breakout. When enough bricks are removed to release a captive ball from its cavity, the score doubles for each brick removed by any of the two balls in the playfield (as long as the served and freed ball remain active in the playfield). If the third ball is freed and all three balls are played in the playfield, the score triples. If any one of the balls is missed and lost, the score returns to double points. If the second ball is missed and only one ball remains in the playfield, points are then scored as normal.

* Progressive Breakout : before serving the ball, the Progressive Breakout playfield contains 4x13 brick walls (one blue and the other green). The blue brick wall, which consists of 52 bricks, is at the top. Then occurs a space equivalent to this wall. In the middle of the screen is a green brick wall consisting of 52 bricks.
The brick walls move or 'scroll' toward the paddle at a rate determined by the number of hits on the ball. As the bricks are knocked out and the walls progressively creep up on the player's paddle, new bricks enter the playfield at a progressively faster rate; four rows of bricks are always separated by four rows of blanks.
As the brick walls scroll down, their colors change which indicates a new point score for that brick at that instant of time.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

PICTURE :
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Super Breakout the  Arcade PCB
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(members only)
This title was most commonly available in an upright dedicated cabinet, although cocktail versions were also available. The machine featured a cartoon rendering of gameplay on both the side art and the marquee (done up mostly in yellow and brick red). The control panel was decorated with a few stripes and featured a single spinner control along with one button. The game was displayed on a black and white open frame monitor that had a color overlay installed to simulate color. This overlay made the different rows of bricks appear to be different colors.

Game ID : 033442-033455

Main CPU : MOS Technology M6502 (@ 375 Khz)
Sound Chips : DAC (@ 375 Khz)

Screen orientation : Vertical
Video resolution : 224 x 256 pixels
Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz
Palette colors : 2

Players : 2
Control : paddle
Buttons : 1

TRIVIA

Super Breakout was released in September 1978.

Approximately 4,800 units were produced.

This game is also known as "Super Knockout" (licensed to Subelectro).

SCORING

• Double Breakout Mode (the maximum score for this mode is 2694) :
orange brick Orange brick row 1 : 7 points (1 ball in playfield), 14 points (2 balls in playfield).
orange brick Orange brick row 2 : 7 points (1 ball in playfield), 14 points (2 balls in playfield).
orange brick Orange brick row 3 : 5 points (1 ball in playfield), 10 points (2 balls in playfield).
orange brick Orange brick row 4 : 5 points (1 ball in playfield), 10 points (2 balls in playfield).
green brick Green brick row 1 : 3 points (1 ball in playfield), 6 points (2 balls in playfield).
green brick Green brick row 2 : 3 points (1 ball in playfield), 6 points (2 balls in playfield).
green brick Green brick row 3 : 1 points (1 ball in playfield), 2 points (2 balls in playfield).
green brick Green brick row 4 : 1 points (1 ball in playfield), 2 points (2 balls in playfield).

• Cavity Breakout Mode (the maximum score for this mode is 3384) :
orange brick Orange brick row 1 : 7 points (1 ball in playfield), 14 points (2 balls in playfield), 21 points (3 balls in playfield).
orange brick Orange brick row 2 : 7 points (1 ball in playfield), 14 points (2 balls in playfield), 21 points (3 balls in playfield).
orange brick Orange brick row 3 : 5 points (1 ball in playfield), 10 points (2 balls in playfield), 15 points (3 balls in playfield).
orange brick Orange brick row 4 : 5 points (1 ball in playfield), 10 points (2 balls in playfield), 15 points (3 balls in playfield).
green brick Green brick row 1 : 3 points (1 ball in playfield), 6 points (2 balls in playfield), 9 points (3 balls in playfield).
green brick Green brick row 2 : 3 points (1 ball in playfield), 6 points (2 balls in playfield), 9 points (3 balls in playfield).
green brick Green brick row 3 : 1 points (1 ball in playfield), 2 points (2 balls in playfield), 3 points (3 balls in playfield).
green brick Green brick row 4 : 1 points (1 ball in playfield), 2 points (2 balls in playfield), 3 points (3 balls in playfield).

• Progressive Breakout Mode (the maximum score for this mode is infinite, however the score flips at 9,999 going back to 0) :
blue brick Blue brick : 7 points.
orange brick Orange brick : 5 points.
green brick Green brick : 3 points.
yellow brick Yellow brick : 1 point.

TIPS AND TRICKS

• Ball Speed : Besides the slowest ball speed, right after the serve, there are three possible speed-ups. The first speed-up after the serve occurs on the 4th hit, and a second faster speed-up occurs on the 8th hit. The third occurs after the 12th hit and the fourth occurs when a highpoint (either a 5- or 7-point) brick is hit, regardless of previous speed. Ball speed is restored to slowest value at the beginning of each serve.

• Ball Direction : When the ball intercepts the paddle it will rebound in any of four directions, depending on which portion of the paddle was hit (divide the paddle in four equal portions). This is still the case after the paddle has been reduced to half its normal size. Note that the ball is not allowed to move in a direction perpendicular to the front surface of the paddle or perpendicular to the edge of the paddle. These directions change with the number of hits of the balls. Just like the ball speed changes occur at the 4th, 8th and 12th ball hits.

SERIES

1. Breakout (1976)
2. Breakout Deluxe (1976)
3. Super Breakout (1978)
4. Breakout 2000 [Model J9093E] (1997, Atari Jaguar)
5. Breakout (2000, Sony PlayStation, PC CD-ROM; 2001, Macintosh)
6. Breakout Boost (2011, App Store)

STAFF

Designed and programmed by : Ed Logg

PORTS

Consoles:


Atari 2600 usa (1978) "Super Breakout [Model CX2608]"
Mattel Intellivision usa "Brickout!" : release cancelled
Atari 5200 usa (1982) "Super Breakout [Model CX5203]"
Atari XEGS
DynaVision brazil (198?)
Sega Master System europe (1992) "Arcade Smash Hits [Model MK-27032]"
Sony PlayStation usa (dec.31, 1996) "Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Atari Collection 1 [Model SLUS-00339]"
Sony PlayStation europe (dec.1997) "Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Atari Collection 1 [Model SLES-00466]"
Nintendo SNES usa (aug.1997) "Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Atari Collection 1 [Model SNS-AW7E]"
Nintendo SNES europe (feb.26, 1998) "Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Atari Collection 1 [Model SNSP-AW7P-EUR]"
Sega Saturn europe (1997) "Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Atari Collection 1 [Model T-25413H-50]"
Sega Saturn usa (june.30, 1997) "Arcade's Greatest Hits - The Atari Collection 1 [Model T-9706H]"
Sony PlayStation usa (2001) "Atari Anniversary Edition Redux [Model SLUS-01427]"
Sony PlayStation europe (mar.1, 2002) "Atari Anniversary Edition Redux [Model SLES-03808]"
Sega Dreamcast usa (jul.2, 2001) "Atari Anniversary Edition [Model T-15130N]"
Microsoft XBOX usa (nov.16, 2004) "Atari Anthology [Model 26084]"
Sony PlayStation 2 usa (nov.22, 2004) "Atari Anthology [Model SLUS-21076]"
Microsoft XBOX europe (nov.26, 2004) "Atari Anthology"
Sony PlayStation 2 europe (feb.18, 2005) "Atari Anthology [Model SLES-53061]"
Microsoft XBOX japan (aug.4, 2005) "Atari Anthology [Model B7X-00001]"

Handhelds:


Nintendo Game Boy europe (1996) "Arcade Classics - Battlezone & Super Breakout [Model DMG-ABSE-EUR]"
Nintendo Game Boy usa (oct.1996) "Arcade Classics - Battlezone & Super Breakout [Model DMG-ABSE-USA]"
Nintendo Game Boy Color usa (dec.1998)
Nintendo Game Boy Advance usa (mar.25, 2002) "Atari Anniversary Advance" [Model AGB-AAVE-USA]"
Nintendo Game Boy Advance europe (feb.14, 2003) "Atari Anniversary Advance" [Model AGB-AAVP]"
Nintendo Game Boy Advance usa (aug.15, 2005) "3 Games in One! Super Breakout - Millipede - Lunar Lander [Model AGB-B62E-USA]"
Nintendo Game Boy Advance europe (sept.2, 2005) "3 Games in One! Super Breakout - Millipede - Lunar Lander [Model AGB-B62P-EUR]"
Sony PSP usa (dec.19, 2007) "Atari Classics Evolved [Model ULUS-10325]"
Sony PSP australia (mar.7, 2008) "Atari Classics Evolved"
Nintendo DS usa (mar.8, 2011) "Atari Greatest Hits Vol.2 [Model NTR-PR7E-USA]"

Computers:


Atari 400 usa (1979) "Super Breakout [Model CXL-4006]"
BBC B usa (1982) "Acornsoft Breakout" - Acornsoft
Atari ST europe (1987)
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] europe (1999) "Atari Arcade Hits 1"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] usa (jul.13, 1999) "Atari Arcade Hits 1"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] usa (jul.9, 2001) "Atari Anniversary Edition"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] europe (dec.14, 2001) "Atari Anniversary Edition"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] usa (2003) "Asteroids & Super Breakout" by SelectSoft
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] usa (nov.11, 2003) "Atari - 80 Classic Games in One! [Model 25069J]"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] europe (june.10, 2005) "Atari - 80 Classic Games in One! [Replay]"

Others:


Mobile Phones usa (oct.30, 2004)
Nokia N-Gage usa (2005) "Atari Masterpieces Vol. I"
Nokia N-Gage europe (oct.13, 2005) "Atari Masterpieces Vol. I"
Apple iPhone/iPod usa (oct.11, 2008) [Model 291296852]
Apple Store (2011) "Atari Greatest Hits"
Android Market (2011) "Atari Greatest Hits"
Apple iPhone/iPod usa (feb.18, 2011) "Super Breakout Ultra [Model 416010994]"

SOURCES
Game's ROM.
Game's picture.

Page last modified on September 04, 2015