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