I am a big fan of Asteroids,
especially Asteroids Deluxe. So after finishing a game of Asteroids
Deluxe, I started going down the list of games that I have and came
across Blasteroids. Hmmm, sounds like Asteroids, let's give it a try. I
have had this game for quite awhile, but never really played it. So I
decided it was time to give it a whirl.
When you start playing, two things are
noticeable. First, it plays like Asteroids. Guess the name actually fit.
Secondly, it may play like Asteroids, but it sure doesn't look like
Asteroids. This is one of them spruced up versions of Asteroids. You
know where the asteroids look more realistic and spin. Sure does look
mighty purty, but does it play as well? After a few games, I realized
that I missed my old Asteroids. Not that this game isn't good, but there
is something charming about the sheer simplicity of the original. This
one is a bit too modernized for these old bones.
One of the most noticeable differences
between this game and the original is that you do not die when hit by a
rock. In this game, you can get hit numerous times before dying. You
have one of them nifty health meters that goes down with each hit and
every shot. It also goes up every time you hit something, so you are in
constant struggle to keep from running out of energy. So you end up with
one eye on the asteroids and one eye on the energy meter, which can
cause you to go cross-eyed over time.
Another new feature in this game is the
ability to switch ships. In the grand tradition of Transformers and
whatever other series allowed you to transform into something else,
Blasteroids allows you to become more than meets the eye! You can be a
little ship that is fast, a medium ship or a very big and very slow
ship. Each has advantages and disadvantages in regards to shooting,
ability to take damage and speed. The nice thing is you can switch back
and forth to your heart's content. If you are someone who is very
indecisive, then you may want to avoid this game.
(Are you scared?
Mukor thinks you are!)
The last and biggest difference from this
game and the original, is that there is an actual mission. You are not
just wandering around aimlessly in space, trying to clear the space
paths or something like that. You actually have an honest to goodness
mission! There is this big head that floats around space named Mukor and
thinks he rules space. Think of him as a poor man's Sinistar. He
actually is pretty silly looking, like something out of Johnny Socko or
Ultraman (or for you younger readers, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers). But
don't let this butt ugly creature scare you, he is pretty easy to take
down. But first you need to clear all the screens to even see the ugly
While the new challenges and additions
make it a interesting game, they couldn't capture the sheer terror of
being stuck in the middle of an asteroid shower, knowing that if they
hit you, it was all over. While the changing ships and the mission are
nice additions, they are just window dressing. They do little to make
this anything more than a modernized version of Asteroids that has been
watered down in the process.
This is just a review of the arcade machine. If you are looking for the
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see if you can find this game.