Asteroids, the black and white Arcade classic from 1979, gets a 64-bit facelift with Asteroids Hyper 64 that gives you a choice of three ships, each able to fly in all directions and rated according to shield strength, firepower, thrust and rotation. You work for the Astro-Mining Corporation mining valuable ores, clearing areas of space for equipment, and providing transportation routes for members of the military and for civilians. In other words, you must fly around in (two-dimensional) space and blast everything in sight, including chunks of abandoned ships, fireball comets, enemy vessels, satellites and, of course, asteroids. When you hit a large asteroid, it breaks into smaller ones that must also be destroyed.
Along with your garden variety Classic Asteroids, which are nothing more than floating volcanic space rocks, this game also includes Mined Asteroids, Indestructible Asteroids, Crystal Asteroids, Ancient Egg Asteroids, Unstable Asteroids Radioactive Asteroids, Popcorn Ateroids, Cloaked Asteroids, and Alien Egg Asteroids that release deadly space worms when destroyed. Sixteen enemies include: Hunters, which home in on your ship and fire lasers; Kamikazes, which make high-speed suicide runs at your ship; and Standard Saucers, which fire bolts. A variety of wildcard weapons, such as mines and homing missiles, will help you turn the asteroids, enemies and other obstacles into space dust. Power-ups consist of shields, free ships and bonus points.
Up to four players can compete in the multi-player modes that include The Knockout Game, a battle to see who can get as many points as possible in order to stay in the lead, and the Color Clear Game, where players blast only those asteroids that match the color of their own ship. Only after destroying all of your own asteroids should you fire on other colors. Both multi-player games end when one ship remains. And somewhere, hidden within the six zones of play (consisting of more than 90 levels), is the original Asteroids. ~ Brett Alan Weiss, All Game Guide
|# of Same Screen Players||4|
|Tech Support Phone||970-392-7022|
|Tech Support URL||www.cravegames.com|
|Legal Copyright/Trademark Line||Atari|
|Included in Package||20-page Instruction Manual|
|Included in Package||Consumer Information and Precautions Booklet|
|Official Product Website URL||www.cravegames.com/asteroids.htm|
|Feature 1||Rocket through six intergalactic zones and more than 90 levels|
|Feature 2||Pilot one of three ships while blasting space debris, aliens, and more|
|Feature 3||Challenge or fight alongside friends in deathmatch, team, and co-op multiplayer modes|
|Feature 4||Includes the original coin-op hit as a bonus|