Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A superb "Arkanoid" clone for Mac

Arkanoid, colloquially known as "Breakout" (it's basically Pong solitaire with several twists), has long been one of my favorite retro arcade games (of which I admittedly have many). Imagine my joy, then, to discover that a fantastic clone of the game exists for Mac -- and it's free! The graphics and sound are top-notch, and the "special" bricks -- the ones that spice up what would otherwise be a deadly dull game -- are quite creative. As an added bonus, the large assortment of boards is littered with nerdy homages to icons of the computer and video-game worlds, including this little beauty:

Also worth noting: Hardwood Euchre, a 15-day trial version of which you can download for free. It's well designed, easy to use, and fun to play. In fact, the game is enough to make me want to assemble a Kibbutz euchre club. (For those who didn't grow up in the Midwest: It's like bridge but with fewer cards.)

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