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Asteroids Deluxe - Atari 7800
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Overview

...It seems as though you've been here before - but this time, it's much worse! The Asteroids are faster, the enemy ships are much more skilled marksmen than your first time through this galaxy...and what's this odd hexagon-shaped craft I keep hearing about? Asteroids plunge at you! Trapped in a gigantic cloud of asteroids, your struggling spaceship hurls towards its doom. You'll have to pulverize all the asteroids with your photon cannon to save your ship and your life!

Rubble from an exploding asteroid bounces off your ship's hull. A glowing blur flashes across your viewing screen. So that's where the rubble came from! The asteroid was blasted by an Alien Robot Saucer! Alien Robot Saucers are also trapped in the asteroid cloud. And they fire at you! You know that the metal in your ship's hull will register on their target finders before the asteroids do. The saucers could be a worse danger than the asteroids! More rubble strikes your ship. Its hull rings like a bell. If you don't get busy, that could be your death knell!

Robert DeCrescenzo brings another classic Atari arcade game to the Atari 7800: Asteroids Deluxe! If you're a fan of the original arcade game Asteroids or its sequel, Asteroids Deluxe, you'll want to grab your joystick and start blasting! Asteroids Deluxe brings new graphics and gameplay elements into play, such as the Killer Satellite that when shot breaks into smaller pieces that take direct aim for your ship! There are also two new game variations: Competition Asteroids where you compete against another player for points (and your shots destroy the other player!), and Team Asteroids where you and another player share reserve ships and don't need to worry about friendly fire. Asteroids Deluxe for the 7800 is an extensively modified version of the original Atari 7800 game Asteroids.

Includes cartridge and four-page, full-color manual. Available in NTSC and PAL television formats, please specify above when ordering.

Author Robert DeCrescenzo
Number of Players 1 - 2
Controllers Joysticks
Cartridge Size 32K
Label and Manual Graphics John Calcano

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Reviews (5)

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Reviewer: Paul Young
11/16/2013 12:25pm
Love it even more than BdC's SPACE INVADERS, and that's saying something. It's even relatively easy to grab that first extra life, something I always appreciated about the arcade version of DELUXE, particularly because I saved most of my quarters for comic books and wanted the most bang for my gaming buck. I don't know how you did it so magnificently, but you did, and I thank you. It's like a kid-who-wishes-he-could-bring-arcade-machines-home-with-him's dream come true.
Reviewer: Nathan Strum
07/11/2009 05:12am
Asteroids Deluxe is an extensive hack of the Atari 7800 version of Asteroids, re-creating the sequel to the original arcade classic. As in the original Asteroids, you control a space ship armed with an unlimited supply of ammunition, and must blast away at drifting asteroids and enemy flying saucers. Asteroids Deluxe ups the ante by adding another enemy - a killer satellite which will split into six smaller ships that try to ram your ship and destroy it. Also, you have a shield (instead of Asteroids' hyperspace) which will let your ship harmlessly bounce off objects and protect you from enemy fire - but only for a short time.

Asteroids Deluxe is a great translation of the arcade game. Gone are the 7800's round and rendered, brightly-colored spheroids, and in their place are finely detailed, sharp-edged, pseudo-vector graphics. While the limitations of the 7800 don't allow for the kind of resolution necessary to really pull off a true vector "look", the graphics are still very faithful to the original game, except the vectors are green instead of the arcade game's light blue (which was achieved with a colored overlay). The audio is decent, but lacks the punch of the arcade game. There are some nice options available, including a couple of two-player simultaneous modes, and a "hidden" version of the original arcade Asteroids. There are some minor quibbles, like a lack of exhaust flame on the player's ship in Asteroids, no "arcade" difficulty setting (and no explanation in the manual as to what the different difficulty settings mean), and somewhat inconsistent collision detection at times; but these are fairly minor points. The bottom line is - Asteroids Deluxe has all the fun and frenetic gameplay of two original arcade classics.

The big question is - if you already have Atari's 7800 version of Asteroids, is there any reason to get this one? The answer is yes, if you're after a more arcade-like experience. Asteroids Deluxe is two classic games in one, and if you have a 7800, you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy.
Reviewer: Scott Inman
05/20/2008 10:50am
Any Asteroids Deluxe fan owes it to themselves to buy a copy of this cart! This game features great graphics, sounds, controls, and most importantly... gameplay. Well worth the price of admission!
Reviewer: Joseph Till
02/26/2008 02:10am
Very good port of the arcade classic! It was obvious that every effort was made to make this as authentic as possible, just short of having the vector graphics of the original- even the slight green tint of the graphics are reminiscent of the color overlay from the original coin-op. Very fun game, and a great stress reliever! Nice job!
Reviewer: William Boblitt
02/23/2008 09:28pm
My first impression was...WOW!!! I am amazed at the level of detail and artistic passion that went into this title! This is definitely better than what we would have seen had Atari released this back in the 80's. The rocks rotate, the shields work just as expected, the diamond-shaped enemy thingy breaks apart and chases after you just as I remember from the arcade. Take it from a very O.C.D. Atari game player, this game ROCKS! (no pun intended)
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