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Astro Blaster (アストロブラスター)

Released in 1981

Developer: Sega
Manufacturer: Sega
Distributor: Sega

***** (2 total votes)

Astro Blaster marquee
game marquee

Game Summary

Space - Shoot aliens & dock with mothership

Hardware Info

Controls: 4 Buttons
Vertical-mounted Raster monitor
224 x 256 Resolution
Colors: 65 Color

Additional Hardware Info (from Mame)

Z80 cpu @ 3 Mhz
I8035 cpu
Custom audio
* Samples audio
* Information was extracted from Mame, so "Samples audio" may indicate the game has analog sound hardware.

Hardware Platform

Sega G80 raster

Mame ROMs

astrob, Astro Blaster (version 2)
astrob1, Astro Blaster (version 1)

Game Details

Astro Blaster is the unofficial sequel to Astro Fighter. As such it is a great improvement. The game features 29 different attack waves, spread over 6 sectors. Between sectors, the player negotiates a meteor shower, and then docks with a mothership. One of the first games to speak to the player. This would say such things as "Fuel status marginal" and "Laser temperature critical". In addition to the conventional left-right-fire buttons, there was also a Warp button. The Warp could be used once in a sector, and it slowed down the action to almost a standstill, during which the voice would count down from 10 until normal speed was resumed.

Astro Blaster control panel
control panel

Astro Blaster cabinet photo
cabinet photo
Astro Blaster title screen
title screen
Astro Blaster gameplay screen shot
gameplay screen
Astro Blaster promotional flyer
promotional flyer

"Maybe" Images

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Astro Blaster image Member Ratings / Comments

***** by Reinen. Comment: "I`ve only ever seen this game in one place - and man, they had the volume on it pumped up so loud the entire cabinet shook, you`d walk away with a piercing ringing in your ears after ten minutes of gameplay. `Pilots needed for sector wars - Play Astro Blaster!` You wanna see the cabinet rumble (literally) when the asteroid (?) field drops down on you. Superb game!" 2003-02-18 09:21:38Z

***** by settingsons. Comment: "When I played this in the arcades in my early teens, it was by far the best shoot 'em up around. As previously mentioned the cabinet used to shake and rumble with the roar of the ships engine. It really sent the pulse racing. I play this with Mame now, and still get the same excitement from the game. Totally underrated - a lost gem." 2005-03-19 11:57:05Z

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This game page was created 8/3/1998 12:00:00 AM and last updated 6/20/2000 6:30:01 PM