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Recharged Squad Challenge 012 - Neo Breakout

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Neo Breakout (ATARI 50)
Atari VCS
Controller: CLASSIC/MODERN /
Difficulty Level: DEFAULT
Play on: Real Hardware ✔
Squad Challenge ends 11:59 pm PST February 28, 2023




Play for the highest possible score using the difficulty settings defined in the challenge. Post a photo or YouTube video of your score in this thread. Scores must be achieved between February 1st through February 28, 2023.  Screen captures are not allowed as they are more easily manipulated for falsified scores. Multiple submissions are permitted. The player with the highest score at the end of the competition is the victor!



This is a Club VCS Exclusive Challenge. All Club VCS players are welcome!


Play Rules

Games may be played on real Atari VCS hardware. Choosing which controller to play on is part of formulating your strategy. Enhancements, rewinds and hacked versions of this game are not allowed.


Difficulty Level

We are playing Neo Breakout in the default  mode: Breakout.  Start with a NEW GAME and play as long as you can for the highest score possible!


Fair Play

Your integrity is everything. Players should play fairly, be honest, and have fun! Falsified scores will result in your immediate removal from the site. It goes without saying that we will not allow cheats, hacks, cartridge frying, enhancements, rewinds, deceitful photo manipulation, subterfuge, or any other unfair advantage. Everybody hates a cheater.



To review detailed rules on how to play, please visit the High Score Squad page here: 




Welcome to our twelfth Club VCS Recharged Squad Challenge!!! We're continuing the celebration of Atari 50 with another reimagined title: Neo Breakout!

From the game:

"Created by Digital Eclipse as part of the Atari 50th anniversary celebration, this fresh take on breaking bricks includes different game modes, including a competitive tug-of-war between two players (or CPU) dubbed Battle Breakout." 

For this challenge we'll be playing the standard Breakout mode.  Start with a new game and play for the highest score!


Club VCS Recharged Squad Giveaway

This game is the second title in our third Club VCS contest giveaway! Prize details will be announced shortly. 

1)  All challenge participants will receive one (1) entry for each challenge in which they submit a valid score!

2) The top scorer of each challenge will receive two (2) additional entries - for a total of three (3) entries in a single challenge!

3) On Twitch or Youtube?  Stream or record and post your ClubVCS high score attempt for one (1) additional entry in each round.  You must post a public link to the video in the Challenge.


Yes! We've made another set of ClubVCS buttons to celebrate the games in this series. There will be two ways to get a button set.

1) Win a challenge.

2) Post a valid score to all challenges in the 6 game series.

Only one button set will be mailed per member during the series.

This contest is open to everybody, including Atari I/O Moderators, with a U.S. or Canada  mailing address. It's really easy, all you have to do is participate be a Club VCS member and participate in our Recharged Squad Challenges.





Edited by Sabertooth
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There is a minor issue with this one in that Stage 9 has a difficult part where blocks keep spawning if you hit the spawner, and progressing means clearing the created bricks. It can take forever to get that last brick, but this stage also leads to a wide variance in points, in that you can farm that stage for thousands and thousands of points either intentionally or because that's how long it took.

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They also have an excellent instruction manual integrated in the game.  They mention something called a "whammy" mode for extra points at the risk of a faster ball, but I'm not sure if we are able to use that with the Classic controller (it uses one of the shoulder buttons on the Modern). 


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