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Asteroid Fields

okay..i spoiled it with the Title, now you know what game i want to introduce today.

its Asteroids the great classic arcade game released 1979 by Atari using the same vector display like in their other arcade game called Lunar Lander which they were producing at the same time as store owners all over the US wanted to order Asteroids.

anyway, in the end Asteroids became Atari´s best selling arcade game ever.

in the game the player has to navigate a space ship through an asteroid field, shoot at the asteroids and always be careful not to collide with them.

as an additional feature the space ship can use hyperspace, which means the spaceship randomly appears at the screen after disappearing (but thats a bit dangerous, cause it could always appear in middle of the field and hit an asteroid and be destroyed).

to move our spaceship it can rotate left and right and using thrust to move forward.

each destroyed asteroid gives points..bonus points can be gained by shooting flying saucers, which randomly appear.

thats the gameplay to far..and since Atari had so much success with it, they decided to have an own Flash Version on their site you can play which is very very close to the original..




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A game called Lunar Lander was along with Asteroids, one of Atari´s first games which got copyrighted and very successful.

but we orginally have to thank a 17 year old nerd (Jim Store) ,
who coded the game first in 1969 as a text based version called Lunar Landing Game” in the programming language FOCAL

during the following years, it was re-coded in machine language for a Display Type of the DEC Machines and found its way 1979 to Atari and was 1980 copyrighted by them.

In the game your goal is to land a lunar landing modul on a pad using thrust forth and back, take care of the fuel and additional be careful not to hit mountains.

the whole game is displayed in vector graphics, like the version of Atari was

lunar lander


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