About the Game
Asteroids are one of the most popular, iconic and classic video game of all time. It is the multi-directional shooting arcade space game designed by Ed Logg, Lyle Rains, and Dominic Walsh. The game was released first in November 1979 from the publisher and developer Atari.Inc. The basic concept of the game is player controlling a spaceship in midst of space surrounded by a number of asteroids going to hit it. It was the major successful game at the times of arcade gaming era. Even later, it was adapted to gaming consoles and later to online gaming as well. It has gone through number avatars, versions, fan-made games and lot more.
Asteroids already were the simplistic game and even later it wasn’t upgraded a lot but that’s fortunate as it never lost its charm or authenticity. You can still play Asteroids Classic and Asteroids Modern with same gameplay but different graphics.
Since the very beginning and even now where you can play a classic version of the game Asteroids, the design or graphics are pretty simple. Even at first you might have to understand what it is, how simplistic it was. It was merely about shapes, lines, and dots. Asteroids classic today which you can play online is also quite simplistic which change in the color for sure, saturation, overall graphics even when it is shapes and lines with motion, it is quite soothing to watch the movement. The spaceship is denoted as a triangle which is more pointed at one side, signifies as its front which means you will move in that direction and shoot as well. The movement of the spaceship is also reflected very well with the friction bubbles and similar to the explosion of spaceship or asteroids as well. Also, fun to see how randomized the asteroids movements are which is again unpredictable making the game more fun to play.
You control this spaceship stranded in the middle of nowhere, of course in the space, might be in the asteroid belt as all the asteroids in hexagonal shapes are going to hit you or at least pass by you. You are supposed to protect yourself from any kind of contact with those asteroids randomly moving around. Also, you must have to shoot to those asteroids to make them into small portions and further shoot to make them dissolve so it won’t hit your spaceship. You also have to get some movement for which you can use the ‘UP’ arrow key. You have to change your directions with all the arrow keys and use SPACEBAR to shoot on those asteroids. The game is not just about preventing the collision or shooting randomly at asteroids but also having a strategic approach. Have the balance of doing what is required, shooting or moving or even both.
The movement of the spaceship is only done by one arrow key that is ‘UP’ arrow key but for deciding the direction of the movement particularly, you can use LEFT, RIGHT and DOWN arrow keys as well. To shoot on the asteroids, you can use SPACEBAR. You can also do movement and shooting at the same time by pressing the movement keys and SPACEBAR simultaneously.
Tips to Play
1. You have to slightly prioritize your survival in the game as if you get so busy or involved with the shooting and forget to move or notice another asteroid coming from your back or sidebars, your spaceship will be exploded. So first think of getting away from little spaces between the asteroids and then shoot.
2. Use shooting very strategically, especially and mostly to those asteroids which are coming in the proximity area of your spaceship. Try to destroy the threats around you. If you take the edge to go further with that, you will end getting exploded in the game.