Google commemorates the release of the Atari classic Breakout with a playable Easter egg.
Released in 1976, Breakout is one of the most successful PONG variants Atari released.
Inspired by the sport of racquetball before the clever wall-breaking conceit was integrated, Breakout was incredibly influential and spawned countless clones.
Its addictive brick-bashing gameplay was a big inspiration behind Taito’s Space Invaders, and its fascinating development tale also links two of America’s biggest ever electronic companies: Atari and Apple.
With the cult coin-op turning 37 this year, Google has chosen to commemorate the occasion with a neat little Easter egg that lets you play a version of the game in your browser.
To access it, simply type “Atari Breakout” into the Google Image search bar and hit return.
Fortuitously, next month in Retro Gamer we have a big feature planned on the story behind Breakout, its sequels and the many clones it inspired.
In it, we speak to Al Alcorn and Ed Logg, creator of Super Breakout, and delve deep into the fascinating history of the franchise.
Issue 117 of Retro Gamer goes on sale 20 June.