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A Clone of the classic arcade game developed and published by Atari. It was influenced by another Atari arcade classic Pong. Breakout was built by Steven Wozniak and aided by Steve Jobs. It was conceptualized by Nolan Bushnell and Steve Bristow.

How to play

Layer of bricks line up on the top of the screen. A ball travels across the screen, bouncing off the top and side walls of the screen. When the brick is hit, the ball will bounce away and the brick is destroyed. The player must keep the ball from passing to the bottom of the screen using the paddle (or Mario in this case) to bounce the ball back upwards.

Technologies Used

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript

Approach Taken

  • Started by white-boarding
    • Things that are required in the game like the bricks, ball, and paddle.
    • Logic for the movement of the paddle and ball. Collision detection with the ball, paddle, walls, and bricks.
    • Design was to have it feel like going into an arcade to play the game.


  • Learning CANVAS and implementing into CANVAS

Unsolved Problems

  • I've been trying to figure out how to have the game pause on start up so that I could have a start menu and an action on click to start the game.

  • The ball doesn't recognize the edge of the Mario image to bounce off.

Other Features to Add

  • A Pause function
  • Generate random brick colors
  • Add 'coins'
  • Click on service button to start game
  • Multiple levels
  • Random power ups from bricks to power up paddle