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I am very thankful I had the money to purchase Asteroids on the Atari 2600 and the Evercade system. I have played Asteroids on both systems. Most recently I played it on the Evercade video game system from one of the Atari Collection cartridges. It dawned on me recently that we have not done a lot of reviews of the early video games. I decided it was time to correct that.

Asteroids is a simple video game from the early days of the video game industry. Players are in a ship in the middle of an asteroid field. The player can move around the ship, and even fly the ship around the screen. The goal is to clear the screen of all of the asteroids. The player shoots the asteroids to make them go away. The ship can only fire so fast so keep that in mind.

One of the things that made Asteroids challenging back in the day is the larger rocks. Shoot a larger rock for it to break into two smaller rocks. This is done until the rocks are small enough to completely obliterate. When the rocks split they can go in some interesting directions. Players need to stay on their toes when this happens because a rock may come right at you.

Graphically Asteroids looked decent for its era. Now the pixel graphics do not look that great. The music in Asteroids is still hummable to this very day. I found the music can get stuck in your head if you play Asteroids long enough. The replay in Asteroids is perfect. Clear all the rocks until your all of your ships get destroyed. Good players can play Asteroids for a long time.

I really enjoyed playing Asteroids recently. I am not a nostalgic gamer per say so that is saying a lot. Asteroids is one of those video game history games that the younger generation needs to experience to understand the roots of video games. It was a pleasure for me to play and review Asteroids on the Atari 2600 and Evercade video game system.
- Paul


Graphics: 65%
Sound: 80%
Replay/Extras: 100%
Gameplay: 80%
Family Friendly Factor: 86%

System: Atari 2600/Evercade
Publisher: Atari
Developer: Atari
Rating: ‘NR’ - Not Rated

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