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Asteroids

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
63
3.6
PlayStation
60
4.0
Macintosh
...
3.0
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Description

Unlike Activision's earlier remake of an Atari arcade classic, Battlezone, this one stays close to its namesake. Take the original, Atari coin-op game Asteroids, add in the features of the Atari 2600 cartridge, then give it 3-D graphics and a bunch of power-ups, and you've got Activision's Asteroids remake.

You are an employee of the Astro-Mining Corporation. Your mission is to simply go to an assigned area of space and clear the area of asteroids and the occassional debris. The game consists of five zones, each with a different background and some with special features. Each zone has 15 levels. In addition to the standard asteroids, there are also mined asteroids that explode; indestructible asteroids that are, well, indestructible; fireball comets; crystal asteroids that regenerate; alien egg asteroids containing deadly baby space worms; and ancient energy asteroids that shoot back! And there's plenty of enemies in addition to the asteroids, such as Standard and Super Saucers, Asteroids Tugs, Fuel Transports, Hexes, Nuke Drivers, and Vulturoids.

There are three types of ships to choose from, each with different strengths and weaknesses. There are also three skill levels. If you beat the game at Expert or higher, you gain access to a fourth type of ship. All ships features the standard laser, shield, flip (instantly flips your ship 180 degrees), and hyperspace. There are also limited power-ups you can pick up such as GunSat, Mines, Homing Missiles, Plasma Drill, and Trigger Bombs.

The game supports either one or two players. In two player mode, the object is to simply outscore your opponent in a random zone and level. You cannot directly kill your opponent by shooting him, but there are other ways....

Lastly, if you shoot the classic-style asteroid in level 15 of the first zone, you'll find the option of "Classic Asteroids" now appearing on the main menu.

Screenshots

Asteroids Game Boy Color Intro
Asteroids PlayStation She's gonna blow!
Asteroids Game Boy Color Ship selection
Asteroids PlayStation The Dagger

Alternate Titles

  • "Asteroids 3D" -- European title

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User Reviews

Beware of the real small ones.... Windows Chris Martin (1098)
A classic update that doesn't loose the hectic feel of the original. Windows Lee Seitz (645)

The Press Says

Computer Games Magazine Windows Jan 25, 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gamezilla PlayStation Jan 03, 1999 88 out of 100 88
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Color Oct, 1999 2.25 out of 6 75
GamePro (US) PlayStation Nov 24, 2000 3.5 out of 5 70
PC Player (Germany) Windows Dec, 1998 68 out of 100 68
IGN Windows Nov 23, 1998 6.8 out of 10 68
IGN PlayStation Nov 13, 1998 6 out of 10 60
All Game Guide Game Boy Color 1999 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Cincinnati Enquirer Windows 1999 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 38
Game Chronicles PlayStation Feb 04, 1999 3 out of 10 30

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Trivia

Classic Asteroids

The "Classic Asteroids" game is actually a separate executable, but it cannot be run directly, only from the main game.

Demo

In early 2000, Activision and General Mills partnered to distribute CD-ROMs containing Asteroids and other games with boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Trix. (Asteroids was the headliner of the disc.) The version of Asteroids contained on the CD-ROM only allowed for two hours of play, but players could unlock the full version by paying over the Internet.

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Contributed to by Kartanym (10778), Lee Seitz (645), Scaryfun (11636) and Grant McLellan (545)