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Asteroids (Windows)

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Written by  :  Chris Martin (1098)
Written on  :  Mar 22, 2000
Platform  :  Windows
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Summary

Beware of the real small ones....

The Good

This updated version of the infamous Asteroids is, in my opinion, a great update of a tried-and-true game.

The graphics, even in it's software driven mode, are spectacular. Burning suns, eerie black holes, and other items in the background are just amazing to see.

The gameplay is solid, with plenty of power-ups (15+) that have some amazing effects. Lasers, guided bombs, proximity mines, ramming shields (a personal favorite), and a plethora (hey a vocab word!) of other weapons.

The sound is top-notch, great effects for the laser blasts and the breaking apart of the asteroids.

The programmers including a version of the Original Asteroids is great. Sometimes playing the new one is too much... Playing the simpler version is actually more fun on some days.

The Bad

The graphics are dark. And brown asteroids on black background are very hard to aim at. The best way to play the game is at night with no lights on... At least that way you can see all the objects moving around.

The Bottom Line

Retro-gamers, rejoice! This is a great update to a classic game. And they even got it right.