This Breakout clone does little to enhance the gameplay of the classic, making it difficult for us to recommend. The installation flies by and the game launches on your desktop in a matter of seconds. However, once you start playing ManiacBall, you quickly realize that the installation is the only thing that goes fast. There are no special features in the game--no common extras such as penetrating balls or fireballs, paddle extenders or shorteners, or any other bonuses we could find. The only difference between ManiacBall and its many competitors is the existence of two paddles. You simultaneously need to control one that moves horizontally and one that moves vertically. The rules are the same as classic Breakout, but the ball moves so slowly that it takes all your patience to wait until it finally hits a block or your paddle. Due to this major drawback the game becomes boring and extremely long, which in no way enhances or develops on the all-time classic. If you're a fan of Breakout or a game fan in general, you might download this to try the dual-paddle feature, but you'll quickly exit the program in search of a faster and more exciting breakout game.
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From Diamond Productions:
ManiacBall is a game in the tradition of Breakout and Arkanoid, wherein you have to hit bricks with a ball. You can use a paddle to control the ball and keep it inside the playfield area. The unregistered version contains 15 levels, and many more levels and the easy-to-use level editor are available after registering.
What's new in this version:
Version 1.17 fixes problem with write access to ManiacBall-directory.