"The main objective in Arkanoid DS is to use a paddle to bounce a ball upwards to break blocks at the top of the screen. Eventually the ball will fall back down and it is your task to bounce it back up again. Once the ball hits the paddle, it will make its journey back up the screen to break even more blocks until you've cleared the entire display. Occasionally power-ups will fall down after a particular block has been destroyed. To activate the power-up, you will need to catch it before it disappears into the abyss below; should the ball drop into this void then you lose a life. The power-ups do all sorts of weird and wonderful things to your paddle like making it magnetic so that the balls stick to it, but they may also increase the number of balls on the screen."