Blasteroids

Blasteroids arcade conversion by Teque and published by Mirrorsoft on the Image works label in 1989.

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Author(s): MadMattyMadMatty
System: Commodore 64 / 128
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Publication Date: 21/01/2023
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Duration: 00:43:42
File Size: 66.13 MB (67720.00 KB)
Downloads: 23 downloads
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Player's Review

"THRUSTER • LAUNCH! , WARRIOR • LAUNCH! , SPEEDER • LAUNCH!
STRAIGHT FROM THE ARCADES COMES BLASTEROIDS. TENGEN'S CLASSIC MIX OF ONE OR TWO PLAYER ACTION. WITH FULL POWER-UPS, RIP-STARS. SHIELDS. DOUBLE-UP AND MORE. THIS IS THE COIN-OP CONVERSION OF 1989. AND BEWARE - MUKOR AWAITS!"

Asteroids on steroids. A fun and challenging variant of the asteroids inspired games. At the start you can choose between four difficulty levels. The difference is how many sectors you need to complete before facing Mukor and how many times you need to scare him off before defeat. What you will encounter and amount of starting credits is also attributed to chosen difficulty. On easy, you only play six sectors followed by the full sixteen. On Expert its all sixteen sectors played four times! Ultimately though, its the same ending no matter your route so doesn't feel very rewarding for the effort.

The controls can be frustrating as they are affected by input lag which in turn is affected by how much is on screen. Button mashing fire too fast will result in poor weapons fire. Your ship has three modes each with its own attributes. Small and nimble, slow and heavily armoured and balanced with high fire rate.

There are a number of powerups to help you on the way including shields, dual firing, weapons boost, fuel boost, an engine boost which is really useful for the armoured ship and a cloak which is supposed to make it so the enemy cant home in on you but doesn't seem to work right here. Oh and a star power which you set off to fire off in a spiral attack although not that useful really.

Two players is supported and I try to show it off without a second player wasting my available credits which made it extra difficult towards the end. In two players you can join up with one player firing and one shooting quad fire!.

Overall an alright conversion but being a single load has limited what it can do compared to other versions. It can be hard to follow what's going on when there is lots of action on screen as sprites seem to disappear and reappear as well as your ship taking damage from things you cant see.

Expert Warp
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00:10:45 Round 2 (16)
00:21:40 Round 3 (16)
00:32:30 Round 4 (16)