One of the most popular games of The Golden Age of Video Games. Debuting in 1979, it first appeared in the arcade, but was quickly ported to the Atari 2600, and has made its way onto most platforms since.You control a Spacewar!-style ship in the middle of an asteroid field. All around you, asteroids are floating around. You get points for shooting them; the smaller the asteroid, the more points you get. But each time you shoot any but the smallest, they split in two, and the trajectory is different for both. Oh, and you have to avoid getting hit by an asteroid. Or shot by an enemy ship that wanders by. In a pinch, you can press the panic button and travel through hyperspace to a random location... which may not be any better. (In the sequel, Asteroids Deluxe, you get deflector shields instead.)If you were looking for a page about actual asteroids, see Asteroid Thicket.
- Asteroids Monster: The Trope Namer. The asteroids will split in two twice, before breaking into fragments small enough to be destroyed with one shot.
- Deflector Shields: The follow-up game Asteroids Deluxe replaced Hyperspace with Shields.
- Every 10,000 Points, the player is awarded an extra life.
- Everything Trying to Kill You
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: You want a game with asteroids? Then Asteroids is the game for you.
- Follow the Leader:
- Meteors, a shameless near-exact copy for the Acorn Archimedes 7000.
- Also, Astrosmash for the Intellivision started out as a clone of Asteroids called Meteor! (and the original version can still be found hidden within the final version of the game).
- Comet Busters!, a Windows 3.1 clone that added simultaneous multiplayer, which ended up being its most popular trait. The clone status was lampshaded in its help file, describing the game as "based upon the popular game A*teroids" and opening the rules section with "Rules!?!? Don't tell me you haven't seen this game before...!"
- In-Name-Only: Asteroids: Outpost as a first-person shooter. The only thing remotely close to the original is shooting the meteor-like objects Missile Command-style.
- No Plot? No Problem!: Here's a spaceship. Now shoot some rocks and flying saucers in space. Nothing more is needed for this game.
- Random Transportation: Hyperspace is used as an emergency escape, sometimes dropping you right in front of another asteroid.
- Songs in the Key of Panic: An early example, the "heartbeat" sound gets faster as each wave goes on.
- Updated Re Release: Activision released an enhanced version in 1998 for the PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color and Microsoft Windows in 1998, featuring massively updated gameplay, graphics and sound.
- Wrap Around: 4-directional.