I remember playing Asteroids back in the arcades and at home back in the early to mid 80s as family would take turns trying to shoot enemies and blow up the infamous space rocks in a scramble to survive. Fans have been patiently waiting for a fresh, new take on the classic formula, and now we have finally got it thanks to AdamVision Studios and SneakyBox bringing us Asteroids: Recharged. It’s just new enough to please old fans and attract those looking for some old-school arcade action.
There’s not much to the game outside the fact you control a small spaceship that looks like a triangle and are thrown into the middle of battle against some enemy spaceships and giant asteroids you can avoid or shoot. But you’ll have to be careful should you choose to shoot them as they split into pieces that multiply the more you shoot the other pieces. So one big asteroid will turn into four medium sized pieces, and those four into eight smaller pieces and so on.
Thankfully your ship is pretty fast, almost a little too much as it’ll take some time to get used to the control scheme. You can rotate your ship the analog stick while using the right trigger to speed out of the way, and there’s also an ability to warp which can be tricky to use. As with any modern game out there, some power-ups have been added to the classic from spread shots to missiles that will help blow away both the enemies and asteroids in your way.
The visuals and audio here are pretty good, as the graphics still have the old-school, retro look of the original game but with a polished clean look. The thumping soundtrack will pull you into the frantic action and keep you there as you make your way through each level. You can also play with a friend this time around, and there’s an online leaderboard to see how you measure up against other players in standard mode and an endless wave mode.
Asteroids: Recharged is a pretty cool title that’s perfect for those times when you just want to pick up and play something with that old-school feel and challenge. The cool retro visuals and pumping soundtrack will keep you playing and rocking out as you take out giant rocks and enemies with or without a friend.