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Blasteroids

MobyRank MobyScore
MSX
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4.0
Atari ST
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4.0
Commodore 64
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Description

As the name suggests, this arcade conversion updates the basic Asteroids gameplay. That means to say that the main gameplay consists of flying through single-screen wrap-around levels shooting at rocks, which split into smaller rocks when hit, eventually becoming small enough to disappear.

In this case the Asteroids are protecting Mukor, an evil being who is poisoning planets under the Colonising Corp’s control. Each level is split into either 9 or 16 sub-levels, which are chosen through a square in which any remaining level which is adjacent to the last level completed can be selected. There are 3 different ships (Speeder, Fighter and Warrior), which can be switched between at any time. Power-ups (including improved weapons, shield recharges and a faster thrust) can be collected by flying into them.

Screenshots

Blasteroids ZX Spectrum Title screen with rolling demo
Blasteroids Commodore 64 Choose difficulty
Blasteroids Amiga Difficulty selection screen
Blasteroids Commodore 64 An UFO

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The Press Says

Power Play Arcade Mar, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Mar, 1989 87 out of 100 87
Zzap! Commodore 64 Apr, 1989 83 out of 100 83
Power Play Amiga 1989 77 out of 100 77
Power Play Atari ST Mar, 1989 76 out of 100 76
Atari ST User Atari ST Apr, 1989 7 out of 10 70
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum May, 1989 693 out of 1000 69
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 May, 1989 65 out of 100 65
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1989 61 out of 100 61
Power Play Commodore 64 Jun, 1989 61 out of 100 61

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Blasteroids appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
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