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Destroy the rocks before they destroy you! Use your triangle ship of doom!

Total Rating: 7.43
Reviews: 21

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Post Date: 20:40 16-04-2015
Rating: 8
Author: LosmiK
Comment: If the continual revolution of gaming were instead a Maoist revolution, some of us reactionaries would be put to death. "When I was your age, we played Tomb Raider with real tombs." But it's true. When I was a kid I couldn't wait for technology to advance to the point where Pac-Man ate real food, and the worker droids of M.U.L.E. delivered precious ores to my door if I won. Oddly, rather than harnessing new technologies for a teleologically perfect Pong, developers have for the most part spent their time coming up with entirely new kinds of games. And imperfect classics like the vector graphics-driven Asteroids were buried, first by side scrollers, then by 3D.

With Asteroids, Activision is attempting to satisfy the crotchety old man in all of us by bringing the old game back to the future with the core of its gameplay intact. And Asteroids succeeds in doing just that. This is definitely Asteroids. Lots of big rocks. One tiny ship that reappears on the left when you exit stage right. This is 2D folks, despite the 3D look of the spinning asteroids and miscellaneous debris. And while the rocks do look prettier, and the black background has been replaced with various handsome nebulae and a panorama of space dust (didn't they figure out that stuff was actually ice?), the gameplay itself is faithful to the original and in no way iconoclastic. The basic controls are the same as in the original. It's simple: rotate (left and right), thrust, shields, a 180-degree flip, fire, and hyperspace. Come to think of it, that sounds like a lot for 1979. At any rate, then and now it was (and is) a simple but effective recipe for blistered fingers. Rather than alter the Space Colonel's original recipe, Activision has opted to simply outfit Asteroids with gobs of bells and whistles. That sounds like a mistake, but it's not, and gameplay is only enriched for the power windows and fuel injection. There are more enemy ships, but they're still more cute than threatening. Special asteroids, like the regenerating Crystal Asteroids and the aptly named Indestructible Asteroid, make for an interesting diversion. The environment is made slightly more rocky with the advent of black holes (mild ones that suck you a little ways toward your doom) and stars that occasionally spurt deadly hydrogen gas. By far the coolest addition to the formula is the inclusion of power-ups. Lots of them. Ramming shields, homing missiles, smart bombs, and my favorite, the GunSat, a gun turret that orbits your craft, blasting indiscriminately and blocking incoming objects. There are dozens of different power-ups, and they're all very cool.

Though not much to look at when compared with most of today's games, one can't help but feel like anything flashier would have altered the game's feel or, worse yet, its play mechanics. That said, the ships aren't much to look at, though the simplicity of your primary weapon's tiny green dots of light is nicely understated. The sound of the original is echoed here rather tastefully: Enemy craft still sound oddly like tiny alien police sirens, and asteroids burst asunder with a reasonable and modest crunch. One thing I could never figure out about the original stand-up: For a game about battling giant, potentially world-destroying boulders, why did everything feel so tiny? That cuteness is in full force in the remake and somehow makes some kind of cosmic sense.

It's great that somebody is remaking old games and making them better, rather than just licensing names and tacking them onto non sequitur first-person shooters. Activision has a winner here. Asteroids is 100 percent true to the feel of the original, with terrific new power-ups to spice things up. Though not likely to make anyone quit his day job - how many times could anyone want to clear another screen of debris? - it's fun to give a damn about high scores again.

Post Date: 22:23 20-01-2015
Rating: 6
Author: altot
Comment: Arcade game that is among the most simple minded fun exp. you can possibly have. The goal is simple and there isn't much to say but to try it because it shows the bread and butter of arcade games.

Post Date: 22:41 20-09-2014
Rating: 9
Author: brankomiljus20
Comment: Classic shooting arcade game released 1979y. Rule are simple, you start in middle of screen and goal is: dont get hit by UFO or asteroid and shoot them down, Bigger asteroids can split to smaller ones. Best thing is to hit small 1st then big ones, but before that kill UFO 1st cause he can shoot u down. U can also move ur self on screan
Rly simpe and fun game to play

Post Date: 07:47 15-09-2014
Rating: 9
Author: FrendlyLeBlanc
Comment: This is very cool game. I played a lot of games of this style and i think to all love this game. You are little ship and just shooting asteroids, rocks, meteors around you. 9

Post Date: 13:19 10-06-2014
Rating: 8
Author: arZ
Comment: Another space shooter game.
You are somewhere in the galaxy and you need to destroy the asteroids and the pieces of the big asteroids. Sometimes you get troubles with some UFO that can shoot you down.
Really funny and interesting shooter game. 8/10

Post Date: 10:10 09-06-2014
Rating: 8
Author: bloga99
Comment: Nice and old game :)

Post Date: 11:29 05-06-2014
Rating: 7
Author: htsUNL1MITED
Comment: Nice game i play this game when i be a child :D

Post Date: 15:17 31-05-2014
Rating: 10
Author: 420Hairlyman
Comment: Another epic classic game. I remember playing this game long time ago and I remember that I couldnt get bored playing it.. Breaking stones in that time was lot of fun, but I dont think that people play this game anymore because its super-old.But as I always do, I'll rate it with 10 out of 10 because its a classic game that I'll never forget.

Post Date: 11:33 15-05-2014
Rating: 8
Author: Frozen
Comment: Well i like this game never get old! :D

Post Date: 11:36 25-04-2014
Rating: 10
Author: ivekvv256
Comment: I had lot's of fun destroying the stones while I was younger. Now it's not as fun as it used to be, but it's still a decent game for me. :) 10/10

Post Date: 11:22 12-04-2014
Rating: 5
Author: AlenK
Comment: Uu Pixels i love

Post Date: 17:10 27-03-2014
Rating: 9
Author: GoGlEfIrEiCeMaN
Comment: AHH arcades best thing happend to his play is the only thing this games has but still very addictive

Post Date: 07:37 24-03-2014
Rating: 5
Author: kriska1
Comment: This is so nice game :)

Post Date: 23:11 23-03-2014
Rating: 5
Author: TheCantWait
Comment: This is good game. This game can't be boring to me :)

Post Date: 14:40 23-03-2014
Rating: 9
Author: ufbre
Comment: Asteroids is good game but for me it was very hard to play it.
You have to use arow keys and space bar to play.
I tryd it fun to play.

Post Date: 00:49 07-01-2014
Rating: 6
Author: CrownKnight
Comment: very fun space shooter so the goal is to shoot all of the asteroids

Post Date: 13:43 06-12-2013
Rating: 6
Author: keller07
Comment: Asteroids, a most time consuming for the children. I saw lot of children playing it because they saw it enjoyable game. But for me, it is a good game, but now im adult already, level up.

Post Date: 11:59 31-10-2013
Rating: 5
Author: El Monstro De Galleta
Comment: Wow this is an old one. Great game for its day, easy to control and you get to blast chunks of rocks.

Post Date: 16:17 04-10-2013
Rating: 9
Author: ufbre
Comment: very fun game to play just use the key arrows to mouv and pause to shot
have fun like i did .
i rate this game 9 :)

Post Date: 20:55 23-09-2013
Rating: 7
Author: Mordekaiser
Comment: I had fun playing it but it gets hard on level 3 and i dont like the controls and i wish there was upgrades but everything else is fun :)

Post Date: 13:23 16-07-2013
Rating: 7
Author: littlejoe
Comment: Very fun space shooter in which you have to destroy the oncoming asteroids that are about to slam into your pie slice shaped ship. and right when you think it can't get any worse alien ships start shooting at you! the game gets progressively harder as you advance through the game and destroy all in your path!

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