The Outer space Arkanoind is a classic arkanoid game with a moving pad…in the original game called the ”Vaus”. There are several version of this game, originally created by Taito in 1986, coming from the Atari breakout games by adding various power ups to the moving plateu of the game.
The original game begings with the famous monologue, describing the moving plateu as spaceship ”Vaus” :
“THE ERA AND TIME OF THIS STORY IS UNKNOWN. AFTER THE MOTHERSHIP “ARKANOID” WAS DESTROYED, A SPACECRAFT “VAUS” SCRAMBLED AWAY FROM IT. BUT ONLY TO BE TRAPPED IN SPACE WARPED BY SOMEONE……..”
The Vaus, controlled by the player, serves the purpose to not let the ball fall into the deep space and and thus from the playing fields, but rather allows the player to bounce the ball back to the bricks. By hitting the bricks, there are several occasions, where power ups are released that allow for the Vaus to be upgraded, expanded, balls multiplied or a cannon added to the Vaus. The original game contains 33 levels and in the final level, the player has to destroy the DOH – Dimension controlling fort. After destruction of this entity…a final statement is displayed, similar to the one at the beginning.