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
If you were looking for a page about actual
asteroids, see Asteroid Thicket
- Asteroids Monster (Trope Namer)
- Asteroid Thicket
- Atari 2600: One of its most popular games, even when stripped down to the memory, graphics, and control restraints of the system.
- Deflector Shields: The follow-up game Asteroids Deluxe replaced Hyperspace with Shields.
- Endless Game
- Every 10,000 Points
- Everything Trying to Kill You
- Even your own technology (see Random Teleportation below). In the 2600 version, you can choose to play with Deflector Shields instead of hyperspace (similar to Asteroids Deluxe), but using the shields for more than two seconds blows up your ship.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- Follow the Leader (among others, Meteors, a shameless near-exact copy for the Acorn Archimedes 7000)
- Nintendo Hard
- No Plot? No Problem! / Excuse Plot
- Random Teleportation: Used as an emergency escape, sometimes dropping you right in front of another asteroid.
- Shoot 'em Up
- Songs in the Key of Panic: An early example, the "heartbeat" sound gets faster as each wave goes on.
- Vector Game
- Wrap Around: 4-directional.