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Unity 3D Game Development by Example by Ryan Henson Creighton

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The mechanic that launched a thousand games

The Pong game mechanic is so simple and so effective that its impact can be felt far and wide throughout the annals of video game history.

From Pong, we get Breakout. The iteration here is to turn Pong into a single-player game like real-world handball or squash, with the addition of a breakable brick wall. Breakout introduces stages or levels to the Pong concept, each with a different configuration of bricks.

The mechanic that launched a thousand games

Arkanoid iterates on Breakout by changing the skin to a sci-fi theme. The paddle becomes a spaceship. Arkanoid adds a few new features, most importantly power-ups that come in the form of capsules ...

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