Asteroids (アステロイド)

Released in 1980

Developer: Atari
Manufacturer: Atari
Distributor: Atari

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Asteroids marquee
game marquee

Game Summary

Space - destroy floating rocks & saucers

Hardware Info

Controls: 5 Buttons
Horizontal-mounted Vector monitor
0 x 0 Resolution
Colors: 256 B/W

Additional Hardware Info (from Mame)

M6502 cpu @ 1 Mhz
* Samples audio
* Information was extracted from Mame, so "Samples audio" may indicate the game has analog sound hardware.

Mame ROMs

asteroid, Asteroids (rev 2)
asteroi1, Asteroids (rev 1)

Game Details

Classic, monochrome vector graphics. Production run of Lunar Lander machines was cut short to get Asteroids into the arcades as fast as possible. Therefore the first Asteroids machines still had Lunar Lander cabinet artwork. Asteroids was the first game to give the player complete mobility within its playing environment and complex inertial controls to master.

Although Space War was the first game to feature a Hyperspace button, it is always Asteroids that is remembered for pioneering its use.



Asteroids control panel
control panel


Asteroids cabinet photo
cabinet photo
Asteroids title screen
title screen
Asteroids gameplay screen shot
gameplay screen
Asteroids promotional flyer
promotional flyer

"Maybe" Images

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Asteroids.B&W vector Asteroids.Front/side view of Asteroids cabinet.Asteroids Flyer: 1 FrontAsteroids Flyer: 2 Back

Coinop.org Member Ratings / Comments

***** by kk. Comment: "This game illustrates what you can do to make a fun game in extremely limited resources." 2002-04-14 22:55:43Z

***** by racine. Comment: "I was GOD in Time Square back in the day...1979-1983. Always the high score. Always on top. This game was and still is LASER! Racine" 2001-06-28 00:13:19Z

***** by david2097. Comment: "It's the all time classic. " 2001-10-17 23:53:26Z

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