Asteroids Reviews (Atari 2600)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

An Authentic Arcade Experience. Guy Chapman (2001) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Addictive and fun title, which shines in simplicity. vedder (28527) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
This is the game I would shovel snow 2 miles uphill to play lasttoblame (429) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
If you are seriously reading reviews to consider buying this game or not, truly humanity has lost all hope. Matt Neuteboom (989) 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars
Great game. One of the only games I have worth playing on the emulators. Alex K. (3) unrated
So where is Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck at ? DANIEL HAWKS ! (1998) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Overall User Score (59 votes) 3.4

Critic Reviews

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The Video Game Critic (Sep 04, 2014)
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.
Woodgrain Wonderland (Sep 25, 2016)
Atari 2600 Asteroids is a legendary game unto itself, regardless of its differences from the arcade legend.
Defunct Games (Jan 16, 2014)
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.
The Atari Times (Nov 10, 2003)
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.
Retro Game Reviews (Apr 17, 2016)
Asteroids is a fantastic shooter that still holds up well today thanks to its excellent controls and simplistic, yet addictive, gameplay. It has tons of modes on offer that all play well and in my opinion this is a must-own for the 2600, especially if you have a group of friends to battle in a high score competition!
Atari Asteroids is a classic shooter that will bring shitloads of joy to your gaming world. The game-play is infinite and will keep you glued to the screen until your last life. It's definitely a game you need to have on-hand when the urge to go retro hits you.
Atari HQ (2000)
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.