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As expected, there is a replica of the original Asteroids game hidden somewhere in Asteroids Hyper 64. I won't give away the surprise of how you unlock it, but it is very easy to do. You'll find that it is not an Arcade-perfect conversion, but it is a serviceable replica that looks and feels about the same as the original game with the sound effects off. Overall, Asteroids Hyper 64 is a nice package that will please retro-gamers and next-generation gamers alike with its intense, challenging and, best of all, thumb-numbingly fun.
Nintendo Power Magazine
This version has some nice additions to the original game, but there's not much wow factor.
The second of Nintendo 64's holiday season retro titles has arrived. Asteroids Hyper 64 is basically a direct translation of the original featuring enhanced backgrounds and newly implemented polygon models. The mechanics are true to the classic with a few minor additions in terms of weapons and functionality. Unfortunately, the game may not feature enough new goodies to warrant a $50 purchase and gamers seeking something technically marvelous are definitely going to be disappointed.
Asteroids Hyper 64 kann die einstige Faszination nicht mehr transportieren, hat aber dennoch seine Reize. Der Zweispieler-Modus ist lobenswert, es mangelt allerdings an Übersichtlichkeit. Vielleicht wurde aus dem Grund auf eine Variante für vier Piloten verzichtet.
Asteroîds s'est refait une beauté... Les fans du vieux shoot apprécieront. Mais débourseront-ils 349 FF pour un jeu aussi répétitif ?
Reviving the old rock-blasting action of the ancient arcade Asteroids sounds like fun, but it's a rocky road ahead for Asteroids Hyper 64. Sure, it's the same game that became a classic in the late '70s, but? well, this isn't the '70s anymore.
Unless you really, really love Asteroids you'd probably do best by passing Asteroids Hyper 64 up and spending your money on something a little less average. It's not that there's anything glaringly wrong with the game, it's just that it doesn't add enough in the way of substantive features to make it a worthwhile purchase. The other factor that really works against it is that the extremely basic Asteroids formula hasn't aged too well. The days when mashing one button and flying around in circles was entertaining have gone and likely won't return. Buy Asteroids Hyper 64 if you really, really adore the classic Asteroids, but all others are advised to either rent it or forget about it entirely.
The Video Game Critic
The idea of "regenerating asteroids" has got to be the dumbest, most ill advised concept ever employed in a video game! What a colossal pain in the ass! It totally goes against the grain of what made the original arcade hit so much fun. You'd think that Activision couldn't go wrong by updating a classic like Asteroids, but predictably, they managed to F it up. Big time.