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Astrosmash (Atari 2600)

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Description

In Astrosmash you control a laser canon at the bottom of the screen; your goal is to earn as many points as possible by destroying the various incoming meteors, bombs, and other objects. Points are earned for destroying objects, while points are lost for letting them get past you. Meteors are the most common item you need to defend yourself against. They come in various sizes and colors, and some even split into two smaller meteors when shot.

Mixed in with the meteors are white spinning bombs. While letting a meteor get past you will only lower your score, you have to shoot the spinners. If one gets past, you will lose a life. On the more difficult levels, ufo's and guided missiles will also appear occasionally and attempt to destroy your canon.

If you become trapped in a hopeless situation, your canon can enter hyperspace and be instantly transported to a different location on the screen. Just be careful, sometimes you may be transported to a situation worse than the one you left! The game ends when all of your laser canons have been destroyed.

Screenshots

Astrosmash Atari 2600 A game in progress
Astrosmash Atari 2600 Uh oh, you've been hit!
Astrosmash Atari 2600 Blasting incoming asteroids...
Astrosmash Atari 2600 Be sure to blast the white rings

Alternate Titles

  • "L'Astrosmash" -- Canadian (French) title
  • "Astrosmash!" -- In-game title
  • "Astroblast" -- Atari 2600 title

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The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Mar 17, 2001 B+ 83
Game Freaks 365 2002 6.7 out of 10 67

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Trivia

Competition

An 18 year old named Manuel Rodriguez won the "$100,000 Astrosmash Shootoff." His take was $25,000. The play was timed for one hour and his score was 835,180.

Intellivision Master Component

In 1982, due to it's popularity, Astrosmash replaced Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack as the cartridge that was included with the Intellivision Master Component.

Releases

Astrosmash is available to play on some cellular phones along with other Intellivision games.

Information also contributed by J. Michael Bottorff
JPaterson (9147) added Astrosmash (Atari 2600) on May 06, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Rola (6881) and Servo (55897)