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Asteroids (PlayStation)

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Description

Unlike Activision's earlier remake of an Atari arcade classic, Battlezone, this one stays close to its namesake. Take the original, Atari coin-op game Asteroids, add in the features of the Atari 2600 cartridge, then give it 3-D graphics and a bunch of power-ups, and you've got Activision's Asteroids remake.

You are an employee of the Astro-Mining Corporation. Your mission is to simply go to an assigned area of space and clear the area of asteroids and the occassional debris. The game consists of five zones, each with a different background and some with special features. Each zone has 15 levels. In addition to the standard asteroids, there are also mined asteroids that explode; indestructible asteroids that are, well, indestructible; fireball comets; crystal asteroids that regenerate; alien egg asteroids containing deadly baby space worms; and ancient energy asteroids that shoot back! And there's plenty of enemies in addition to the asteroids, such as Standard and Super Saucers, Asteroids Tugs, Fuel Transports, Hexes, Nuke Drivers, and Vulturoids.

There are three types of ships to choose from, each with different strengths and weaknesses. There are also three skill levels. If you beat the game at Expert or higher, you gain access to a fourth type of ship. All ships features the standard laser, shield, flip (instantly flips your ship 180 degrees), and hyperspace. There are also limited power-ups you can pick up such as GunSat, Mines, Homing Missiles, Plasma Drill, and Trigger Bombs.

The game supports either one or two players. In two player mode, the object is to simply outscore your opponent in a random zone and level. You cannot directly kill your opponent by shooting him, but there are other ways....

Lastly, if you shoot the classic-style asteroid in level 15 of the first zone, you'll find the option of "Classic Asteroids" now appearing on the main menu.

Screenshots

Asteroids PlayStation Shooting that one just ticked it off!
Asteroids PlayStation You're about to be sucked into the next level.
Asteroids PlayStation A special attack that results in a circle of spreading shots.
Asteroids PlayStation Thar she blows!

Alternate Titles

  • "Asteroids 3D" -- European title

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The Press Says

Absolute Playstation Nov, 1998 91 out of 100 91
Gamezilla Jan 03, 1999 88 out of 100 88
Power Unlimited Apr, 1999 7.4 out of 10 74
GamePro (US) Nov 24, 2000 3.5 out of 5 70
Consoles Plus Jan, 1999 70 out of 100 70
GameSpot Nov 19, 1998 7 out of 10 70
IGN Nov 13, 1998 6 out of 10 60
The Video Game Critic Dec 10, 2004 D+ 33
Game Chronicles Feb 04, 1999 3 out of 10 30
Joypad Jan, 1999 1 out of 10 10

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Trivia

Classic Asteroids

The "Classic Asteroids" game is actually a separate executable, but it cannot be run directly, only from the main game.

Demo

In early 2000, Activision and General Mills partnered to distribute CD-ROMs containing Asteroids and other games with boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Trix. (Asteroids was the headliner of the disc.) The version of Asteroids contained on the CD-ROM only allowed for two hours of play, but players could unlock the full version by paying over the Internet.

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Grant McLellan (545) added Asteroids (PlayStation) on Mar 29, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Kartanym (10785), Lee Seitz (645) and Scaryfun (11494)