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Asteroids

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Overview

Asteroids was first released as an arcade game by Atari in January 1979 and proved to be their best selling game of all time. It used vector graphics. The object was to destroy asteroids in an asteroid belt while avoiding collision with them.

Gameplay

Big Rocks...
Big Rocks...
The objective of the game is to destroy all the asteroids in the area and avoid colliding into them, which results in death. When asteroids are shot, they break up into smaller and smaller asteroids with each hit until they're destroyed. The ship can turn left and right and has a forward thrust. In an emergency, the ship can also warp into hyperspace (which causes it to disappear and reappear in a random spot).

Little Rocks...
Little Rocks...
In addition to asteroids, there are also two types of flying saucers which appear randomly. The large type shoots in random directions and the small type aims at the player. The action presented is "wrapped" around the screen (i.e. if an asteroid drifts off the right side of the screen, it will reappear on the left). Round after round, the number of asteroids increases (up to a maximum of 12). The games ends if the player loses all of his/her lives.