Less-than-average conversion of Atari's arcade game Blasteroids, which hit the arcades in 1987. Ok, compared to the excellent arcade game this PC version looks and plays like a bad joke. ;) The object of the game is to shoot all the asteroids and enemy ships. Complete the required number of levels, and you will face a giant guardian that you can only kill by shooting off all its body parts. |
The asteroids come in different colors and some have to be shot many time before they break up into smaller pieces and finally disintegrate. You can switch between 3 different ships, each with its own strengths and weaknessess, usually involving tradeoffs between speed and firepower. You can always choose between the 3 ships to suit your needs. Some asteroids when shot at will release powerup icons, which typically give you either more firepower or shields. A nice touch to this game is that 2 players can play at the same time on the screen (i.e. hotseat mode). This works well and adds a little to an otherwise average game.
In conclusion, Blateroids is a very average game. It doesn't really add anything to the Asteroids-clones genre and doesn't even come close to the original in terms of addictiveness and playability. But hey, who expects a perfect arcade conversion from a game made in 1990? [EG] So, just pretend you never played the original, and you'll have some fun with this Asteroids clone with some neat features.
Reviewed by: Underdogs