Asteroids, a childhood favourite! Released in 1979 by Atari, Asteroids was one of the most popular and influential games of the Golden Age of Arcade Gaming, selling over 7,000 arcade cabinets!
The player controlled a spaceship in an Asteroid field which is periodically battered by flying saucers. As you can assume, the object of the game was to shoot and destroy Asteroids and saucers without colliding with either, or being hit by the saucers merciless onslaught.
Because of the game’s success, a sequel followed in 1981 dubbed Asteroids Deluxe. As in the original game, the onscreen objects were tinted blue, and a shield that depleted with use replaced the hyperspace feature. In addition, the asteroids rotated, a new enemy dubbed a killer satellite was added to the game, which would, when shot, break apart into three smaller ships that homed on the player’s position.
Asteroids has been ported to multiple systems, including many of Atari’s systems; Atari 2600, 7800, Atari Lynx and the Atari Flashback 3, which you can purchase from our store!