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Arkanoid cover
DOS Imagine Software
DOS NovaLogic
Mac OS (Classic) Discovery Software International
Imagine Software
Discovery Software International
Release dates
DOS 1987
DOS 1988
Mac OS (Classic) 1988
Genres Paddle
Series Arkanoid
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Arkanoid on IGDB
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Arkanoid on MobyGames
Arkanoid on Wikipedia
Arkanoid 1987
Arkanoid: Revenge of Doh 1989
Arkanoid: Doh It Again 1998
Arkanoid: Eternal Battle 2022

Arkanoid is a paddle game in the Arkanoid series.

Key points

A controller or mouse is recommended. However, in modern systems the game plays better with a keyboard or mouse.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Floppy disk check (requires the original floppy in the drive to play)
DRM details are not known
Mac OS

Version differences

Originally released in 1987 in Europe, ported by Imagine Software. Then a second port was released in late 1988 in the US, ported by NovaLogic.

1987 European edition

This version only supports CGA graphics and PC Speaker sound. This version seems to be quite rare.

1988 American edition

This version supports CGA, EGA and Tandy graphics, and PC Speaker and Tandy sound. It also adds Mouse support.

Essential improvements

1987 European version PC speaker audio support

The PC Speaker sound of the original 1987 European release is highly dependent on the speed of the PC. It was meant to run on the original IBM XT and faster machines will play sound too fast.

Use DOSBox


In your DOSBox config file, in the [cpu] section set cycles=240 to approximate the speed of an IBM XT.

1988 American version three-channel audio support

The 1988 American release of the game has support for three-channel audio, which requires the audio hardware built into the Tandy 1000 computer. Other systems are limited to single-channel audio played through the PC speaker.
Use DOSBox


If DOSBox is configured to emulate a Tandy computer with machine=tandy, the game detects and uses the emulated Tandy sound hardware for three-channel audio. This will simultaneously also force the game to run in 16 colour Tandy graphics mode.

Game data

Save game data location

The game has no save game function, but does keep a high-score table.
System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\ARKANOID.SCR
Mac OS (Classic) <path-to-game>\ArkHighScore

Configuration file(s) location

This game does not save any settings, you will need to select them each time you start the game.


1988 edition - In-game video modes.
1988 edition - In-game video modes.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
320x200 only.
Field of view (FOV)
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Capped at 70 FPS.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Color blind mode
Mac OS version is in black and white.


1988 edition - In-game input modes.
1988 edition - In-game input modes.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sound can be toggled with S (or A in the Mac OS version).
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


New game options (Mac OS).
New game options (Mac OS).

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Hot seat
Mac OS only.
LAN play
Online play

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes Text, CGA, EGA, Tandy 1987 edition only supports CGA

System requirements

Operating system (OS) 1.0
Processor (CPU) 8088
System memory (RAM)
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) CGA
Mac OS
Operating system (OS) 1.1
Processor (CPU) Motorola 68000
System memory (RAM) 512 KB
Hard disk drive (HDD)