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Alleyway (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . You know how Nintendo always gets credit for making creative and original products? Meet Alleyway, the counterargument. This is nothing more than a variation of Arkanoid (or Breakout, if you prefer). If all you're looking for is a quick game of faux-Arkanoid, then the price is certainly right. On the other hand, you won't be missing much if you ignore Alleyway all together. Rating: 30%
Alleyway (Virtual Console)
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What Is It? You know how Nintendo always gets credit for making creative and original products? Meet Alleyway, the counterargument. This is nothing more than a variation of Arkanoid (or Breakout, if you prefer). You move a small spaceship (read: paddle) around the bottom of the screen, bouncing a large ball up into the air. Your goal is to break all of the blocks and clear the board, which is easier said than done. As you progress through the stages you will encounter trickier stages. Keep bouncing that ball and earn the high score.

Does It Still Hold Up? This was a Game Boy launch title, and it shows. Alleyway is extremely simple, to the point of being a repetitive mess. The levels aren't different enough and the lack of variety ultimately hurts an otherwise solid concept. The gameplay itself is a mixed bag, featuring fast motion and busted physics. Alleyway is technically unimpressive in almost every way.

Is It Worth The Money? Even with the problems listed above, I'm still willing to give this game a pass. I can't quite recommend it, but at three dollars it's hard to say no. This gets a pass because there is nothing like it on the Virtual Console. Every other game involves platforming or hardcore adventuring, making this the one and only casual game on the virtual shelf. If all you're looking for is a quick game of faux-Arkanoid, then the price is certainly right. On the other hand, you won't be missing much if you ignore Alleyway all together.
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