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Astrosmash (Atari 2600)

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Description

In Astrosmash, the player controls a laser cannon at the bottom of the screen; the 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 the player. Meteors are the most common item needed to defend 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, the player will only lower the score; the player have to shoot the spinners. If one gets past, the player will lose a life. On the more difficult levels, UFOs and guided missiles will also appear occasionally and attempt to destroy the player's cannon.

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

Screenshots

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

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

The Atari Times Jul 26, 2005 93 out of 100 93
The Video Game Critic Mar 17, 2001 B+ 83
Atari HQ 2000 7 out of 10 70
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 (9120) added Astrosmash (Atari 2600) on May 06, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Rola (7613) and Servo (55769)