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The Asteroids formula has often been imitated, but I love the purity of the original. Playing Asteroids for the first time in many years I can vouch that this game seems to defy the aging process - at least when it comes to fun.
Shooting rocks may seem lame in the Call of Duty era, but Asteroids is still a blast. Even though the arcade original can be found in numerous ways from Game Boy to smartphone, if you have an Atari 2600, the port of Asteroids should be in your collection. It is easily one of the best arcade ports on the system as long as you have enough imagination to call colorful blobs "Asteroids."
Asteroids is a perfect example of why the 2600 had such an impact on video games. This is definitely one of the top five in nearly every fans list, and definitely a Top-10 all-around for anyone else. Asteroids is easy to get into and hard to put away. Plus, the programmers did a pretty good job of translating the original vector graphics of the arcade to the specifications of the system. Excellent game, period. A must own for any 2600 fan and a title that every true gamer needs to say they played at least once.
So, I would say to just overlook the cosmetic differences for this cosmic shoot-'em-up and enjoy, but hey, you already OWN this, don't you? Not too shabby, especially for something that was supposed to fail.
As an arcade-to-2600 translation, it's an admirable effort. But given that versions on newer consoles offer far more faithful renditions of Asteroids, this edition is probably one that won't be getting lots of playing time from its owners.
All in all, the VCS Asteroids is a more than adequate version of the arcade game. If you're expecting the graphics of the arcade game, you will be disappointed, but if you're looking for the gameplay that the arcade offered, Asteroids delivers in spades - and then some.