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Space Wars is an action game where two space ships battle each other. The game control is similar to Asteroids: you move by thrusting and rotating your ship left or right, you can fire in the direction you're facing, or enter hyperspace to randomly relocate your ship on the screen. If you can successfully destroy your opponent, a point is earned and the first player to reach 10 points wins the game. Besides the two ships, other obstacles are on the screen: a meteorite floats about randomly and in the center of the screen is a sun, both of which can destroy your ship. Two players can battle each other, or one player can battle the computer and several skill levels are available.


Space Wars Vectrex The player on the right has a slightly damaged ship
Space Wars Arcade Starting screen
Space Wars Vectrex Title screen
Space Wars Vectrex A game in progress

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Alternate Titles

  • "Space War" -- Vectorbeam release
  • "Space Ace" -- Amutech release

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Electronic Fun with Computers & Games Vectrex Mar, 1983 4 out of 4 100
The Video Game Critic Vectrex Mar 29, 2017 B+ 83
Retro Game Reviews Vectrex Dec 20, 2015 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 50
TeleMatch Vectrex Jul, 1983 5 out of 6 20


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Vector graphics

Space Wars was the first mass-produced arcade game with vector graphics. Galaxy Game beat it but was only available at one location.
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