Asteroids Reviews (Atari 2600)
Our Users Say
|Gameplay||How well the game mechanics work and the game plays.||3.8|
|Graphics||The visual quality of the game||3.1|
|Personal Slant||A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes||3.7|
|Sound / Music||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition||3.2|
|Story / Presentation||The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC.||4.0|
|Overall User Score (53 votes)||3.5|
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The Video Game Critic (Sep 04, 2014)
The Asteroids formula has often been imitated, but I love the purity of the original. Playing Asteroids for the first time in many years I can vouch that this game seems to defy the aging process - at least when it comes to fun.
Woodgrain Wonderland (Sep 25, 2016)
Atari 2600 Asteroids is a legendary game unto itself, regardless of its differences from the arcade legend.
Defunct Games (Jan 16, 2014)
Shooting rocks may seem lame in the Call of Duty era, but Asteroids is still a blast. Even though the arcade original can be found in numerous ways from Game Boy to smartphone, if you have an Atari 2600, the port of Asteroids should be in your collection. It is easily one of the best arcade ports on the system as long as you have enough imagination to call colorful blobs "Asteroids."
Game Freaks 365 (2005)
Asteroids is a perfect example of why the 2600 had such an impact on video games. This is definitely one of the top five in nearly every fans list, and definitely a Top-10 all-around for anyone else. Asteroids is easy to get into and hard to put away. Plus, the programmers did a pretty good job of translating the original vector graphics of the arcade to the specifications of the system. Excellent game, period. A must own for any 2600 fan and a title that every true gamer needs to say they played at least once.
The Atari Times (Nov 10, 2003)
So, I would say to just overlook the cosmetic differences for this cosmic shoot-'em-up and enjoy, but hey, you already OWN this, don't you? Not too shabby, especially for something that was supposed to fail.
Retro Game Reviews (Apr 17, 2016)
Asteroids is a fantastic shooter that still holds up well today thanks to its excellent controls and simplistic, yet addictive, gameplay. It has tons of modes on offer that all play well and in my opinion this is a must-own for the 2600, especially if you have a group of friends to battle in a high score competition!
8-bit Central Retro Gaming (2011)
Atari Asteroids is a classic shooter that will bring shitloads of joy to your gaming world. The game-play is infinite and will keep you glued to the screen until your last life. It's definitely a game you need to have on-hand when the urge to go retro hits you.
JoyStik (Dec, 1982)
Asteroids is one of those "must have" Atari cartridges. First off, it's a great deal of fun to play. Secondly, it's a game your non-Atari-owning friends will want to play when they visit. Finally, you need one - if nothing else - for the practice. It's a strong possibility that your Atari-owning friends also own Asteroids cartridges - you don't want to look bad when you visit them and get creamed playing the game, do you? Asteroids is a fun game to play. And when was the last time you could say you had fun while getting rocks thrown at you?
Atari HQ (2000)
As an arcade-to-2600 translation, it's an admirable effort. But given that versions on newer consoles offer far more faithful renditions of Asteroids, this edition is probably one that won't be getting lots of playing time from its owners.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games (Sep 25, 2004)
All in all, the VCS Asteroids is a more than adequate version of the arcade game. If you're expecting the graphics of the arcade game, you will be disappointed, but if you're looking for the gameplay that the arcade offered, Asteroids delivers in spades - and then some.
Computer and Video Games (CVG) (Feb, 1982)
Asteroids made the transition from arcade to home centre far more successfully than its predecessor, Space Invaders. Atari came up with the arcade game and were first to include a cartridge for the video computer system - which now outsells Space Invaders - and it resulted in an international competition last November to find the top scorer. The target is 142,190 points, which an American player achieved, to win the contest. (...) Guaranteed to hold your attention, it costs £34.50 from Atari's U.K. distributors.