Atari A to Z Flashback: Asteroids Deluxe

How do you make Asteroids better? Add the word “Deluxe” to its name, obviously.

Okay, 1980’s Asteroids Deluxe adds a bit more to the basic Asteroids formula than that, but it’s still very much recognisable. The whole experience is a bit smoother than the original, the presentation is sharper and cleaner (and blue!) and there are some additional enemies to deal with. But you’re still rotating and firing and dodging. And dying. Dying a lot.

I’m still no good at AsteroidsDeluxe or otherwise, but I actually enjoy it a lot more today than I did back when it was “current”. It’s a game that’s held up extremely well, and it’s a pleasure to revisit both of its most famous incarnations in the Atari Flashback Classics collection for Switch.

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One thought on “Atari A to Z Flashback: Asteroids Deluxe”

  1. Namco made quite a few enhanced follow ups to their classic arcade games, and Astroids Deluxe reminds me a lot of those in how it takes the base game and irons out a lot of the flaws. Then again, I can imagine gamers had to adjust to there being a background now. In a lot of ways, setting the games in space (or at night) really allowed developers to circumvent the strict technical limitations they were saddled with.

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