Arkanoid - Revenge of Doh (or Arkanoid 2) is a legendary 1987 breakout arcade game released by Taito and converted to several home computers in 1988. Is the sequel to Arkanoid game. This is the definitive bat and ball game. A real classic much like its predecessor!
Mysterious enemy known as DOH (from the first part) has returned to seek vengeance on the Vaus space vessel. You must once again take control of the Vaus (paddle) and overcome many challenges in order to destroy DOH once and for all. Revenge of Doh sees the player battle through 34 rounds, taken from a grand total of 64. There is a little deviation from the original Arkanoid, and that is the power ups. By knocking out certain bricks, capsules drop down. These do all sorts when you catch them, from making your bat bigger to running a multi-ball sequence. To add a bit of spice there are also some little space invaders to hinder your progress. These tend to deflect balls and send them in a totally different direction. Arkanoid 2 is the definitive bat and ball game.
The graphics in the MSX2 conversion are wonderful, with nice and bright colors much like the original (the colors are almost similar to the CPC) but graphically I would expect it superior to the CPC or C64 versions considering MSX2 capabilities. What is noticeable though, is that the game plays feels a bit slower than the other 8bit competitors. Frame-rate drops quite much which is rather awkward for an MSX 2 game! Now as far as the sound, the original intro tune is here too, while the SFX are typical for a break-out game and (again) based on the original version.
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CPU: ZiLOG Z80A at 3,58MHz MEMORY: 64Kb to 128Kb RAM, 64KB ROM (32Kb for bios, 16Kb for Basic v3, 16Kb for DiskROM) GRAPHICS: Yamaha V9938 with 128Kb VRAM (sometimes 64 or 192Kb) supporting 512x212 (16 colours out of 512) and 256x212 (256 colours) SOUND: Yamaha YM2149 (PSG) 3 channels, 8 octaves. Also supports Yamaha YM2413 (OPLL) known as FM-PAC capable of 9 channels FM or 6 channels FM + 5 drums and 15 pre-set instruments!