Download Asteroids

Written by Adam Blau
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Whether you played it in the arcade or on your home gaming system, Atari's Asteroids provided a basic sense of excitement like few other games. Released in 1979, the original black-and-white version was one of the pioneers of the video game format. A rigorous test of hand-eye coordination, Asteroids served as a precursor to science-fiction shoot-em-up games that are still being developed today.

In Asteroids, you control a spaceship that is being bombarded with a never-ending barrage of--obviously--asteroids. Your ship is equipped with a gun that pulverizes the asteroids, smashing them into smaller bits until they disappear and a level is cleared. If you're in a pinch and it looks like you can't escape being hit by an asteroid, you can use your hyperspace button to randomly jump to a new location.

The follow-up game from Atari, 1980's Asteroids Deluxe, added a couple of variations to the mix. First of all, monochrome color supplemented the formerly black-and-white screen. The hyperspace button is also converted into a "shield" button, which can provide you with a limited amount of protection from impending impact. Both Asteroids and Asteroids Deluxe are incredibly easy to learn, yet they can both provide endless hours of fun for game fans of all ages.

Downloading Asteroids

Thanks to Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME) software, it is possible to download these original games to your own personal computer. Many gaming systems and modern software developers have attempted to recreate the thrill and game-play of these original arcade games, to varying degrees of success. With MAME, however, it is possible to run the original ROM code of these games on your own computer, for a negligible amount of money.

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