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    -------------------------------------[ASTEROIDS]-------------------------------
    ---------------------------------[by Ice Queen Zero]---------------------------
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          INTRODUCTION
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    I am sure that everybody and their momma has played Asteroids at some point of
    their life. You put the quarter in the machine and witness a fine display of
    vector graphics in use. Too bad the majority of the systems the game was ported
    to doesn't share the same sentiments. You get nothing put a bunch of pixelated
    material in color which is a let down. For once, I prefer to play something in
    black and white.
    
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           DISCLAIMER
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    Asteroids and its characters are trademarks of Midway with a little help from
    Atari and all copyrights belong to them.
    
    This FAQ is the sole copyright of Andrea "Azul Fria" Castillo aka Ice Queen 
    Zero and cannot be put on other sites or posted without my given permission 
    nor can it be reproduced w/o proper consent.
    
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             STORY
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    From the Atari 2600 manual:
    
    On a quiet serene evening the Cosmic Space Patrol sets out for the usual night
    cruise through the boulevards of space. This beat was always the same; calm, no
    action and no excitement. For some reason this night feels different. Shortly
    before 0200 hours some form of intergalactic material is sighted through the
    visual particle counter. The material is too large a mass to measure. It is
    drifting closer. Look out, it is a giant asteroid boulder and it is headed
    straight for the Cosmic Spacecraft. The only chance for survival is to dodge
    the boulder or destroy it. Destroying it doesn't mean just breaking it up, it
    means vaporizing it. Small asteroid boulders are equally as fatal as large ones
    
    Whew, the boulder just missed colliding with the Cosmic Spacecraft but suddenly
    the Cosmic Space Patrol find themselves surrounded by thousands of the deadly
    asteroids. The Cosmic Space Patrol must act quickly to save their spacecraft
    and spare their lives. The spacecraft is equipped with photon torpedos, hyper-
    space, shields, and flip control.
    
    The Cosmic Space Patrol is highly trained to handle this situation. Could you
    do as good a job as the Cosmic Space Patrol? How would you protect yourself if
    you were caught in a deadly asteroid belt? This is your big chance to fly
    through the dimensions of space and fend against asteroid boulders. The longer
    you survive, the more space hazards you'll encounter.
    
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          CONTROLS
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    Up = Thrust
    Left/Right = Rotate Left/Right
    Down = Hyperspace
    Fire Button = Fire weapon
    
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           GAMEPLAY
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    You start off in the middle of the screen and then asteroids of all sizes will
    converge onto your ship. The smaller the asteroid then the more points it is
    worth when it is destroyed. Bear in mind that shooting the larger asteroids
    will split it into 2 smaller asteroids. Let's do the math, You have a large
    asteroid to begin with then shooting it splits it into 2 medium sized asteroids
    then shooting one of them splits it into 2 small asteroids. Once you shoot a
    small asteroid it is gone permanently.
    
    Don't think that standing in one spot will make you safe. That my friends is
    far from the truth sometimes you will have to use the thrust to move your ship
    to a new place in the field. To stop your ship from moving, turn your spaceship
    around and use small thrust to slow yourself down to a stop.
    
    If all else fails, you can pull back on the controller and use a hyperspace to
    momementarily disappear and then reappear in a random spot on the field. Use the
    hyperspace carefully because you can either warp in the path of an asteroid or
    you can die outright.
    
    Don't think that asteroids are your only worries. After getting certain points,
    UFOs and satellites will start showing up. They will shoot their bullets at you
    in an attempt to destroy you. Kill them before they can kill you. It should be
    noted that you can take advantage of the fact you can shoot off the screen and
    it will wrap around and appear from the other side of the screen.
    
    Just like many early games, Asteroids have no ending. You keep on shooting away
    the asteroids until you run out of lives. The object of this game is to get as
    many points as possible before you lose them all.
    
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        OTHER VERSIONS
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    Asteroids was released on several other platforms. Other versions include:
    Atari 2600, 7800, Arcade, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, I-Phone, Macintosh, Mobile,
    PC, and Playstation. Each have their own tweaks and extra features. It was
    supposed to have been released for the Atari 5200 but that was cancelled. I
    guess you can call this 8-bit version, the 5200 version as well since the 5200
    is the console version of the Atari 8-bit series it seems.
    
    There are other games in the Asteroids series that were released for various
    other systems such as Asteroids Deluxe and also released as part of a game
    compilation.
    
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    As a treat, I will give some insight on the 2600 version since it contains 66
    variations for 1 or 2 players. Games 1-33 is for 1 player and 34-66 is for 2
    players. Each game alternates between slow and fast asteroids, points needed
    for extra lives and ship features: Hyperspace, Shields, Flip, Without Features.
    
    Game 1/34: Slow Asteroids, extra ship after 5000 points, Hyperspace
    Game 2/35: Fast Asteroids, extra ship after 5000 points, Hyperspace
    Game 3/36: Slow Asteroids, extra ship after 10000 points, Hyperspace
    Game 4/37: Fast Asteroids, extra ship after 10000 points, Hyperspace
    Game 5/38: Slow Asteroids, extra ship after 20000 points, Hyperspace
    Game 6/39: Fast Asteroids, extra ship after 20000 points, Hyperspace
    Game 7/40: Slow Asteroids, no extra ships, Hyperspace
    Game 8/41: Fast Asteroids, no extra ships, Hyperspace
    Game 9/42: Slow Asteroids, extra ship after 5000 points, Shield
    Game 10/43: Fast Asteroids, extra ship after 5000 points, Shield
    Game 11/44: Slow Asteroids, extra ship after 10000 points, Shield
    Game 12/45: Fast Asteroids, extra ship after 10000 points, Shield
    Game 13/46: Slow Asteroids, extra ship after 20000 points, Shield
    Game 14/47: Fast Asteroids, extra ship after 20000 points, Shield
    Game 15/48: Slow Asteroids, no extra ships, Shield
    Game 16/49: Fast Asteroids, no extra ships, Shield
    Game 17/50: Slow Asteroids, extra ship after 5000 points, Flip
    Game 18/51: Fast Asteroids, extra ship after 5000 points, Flip
    Game 19/52: Slow Asteroids, extra ship after 10000 points, Flip
    Game 20/53: Fast Asteroids, extra ship after 10000 points, Flip
    Game 21/54: Slow Asteroids, extra ship after 20000 points, Flip
    Game 22/55: Fast Asteroids, extra ship after 20000 points, Flip
    Game 23/56: Slow Asteroids, no extra ships, Flip
    Game 24/57: Fast Asteroids, no extra ships, Flip
    Game 25/58: Slow Asteroids, extra ship after 5000 points, No Features
    Game 26/59: Fast Asteroids, extra ship after 5000 points, No Features
    Game 27/60: Slow Asteroids, extra ship after 10000 points, No Features
    Game 28/61: Fast Asteroids, extra ship after 10000 points, No Features
    Game 29/62: Slow Asteroids, extra ship after 20000 points, No Features
    Game 30/63: Fast Asteroids, extra ship after 20000 points, No Features
    Game 31/64: Slow Asteroids, no extra ships, No Features
    Game 32/65: Fast Asteroids, no extra ships, No Features
    Game 33/66: Childrens Asteroids
    
    Shield: protects your for a couple seconds but it can kill you if you hold down
    for too long.
    
    Flip: will flip your ship into the opposite direction to catch asteroids coming
    from behind.
    
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           SCORING
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    Small Asteroids: 100 points
    Medium Asteroids: 50 points
    Large Asteroids: 20 points
    Small Saucer: 1000 points
    Large Saucer: 500 points
    Other player ship (7800 version): 500 points
    
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           CREDITS
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    Midway - making this game
    GameFAQs - hosting this FAQ
    You - for reading
    
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        	CONTACT ME
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    Thank you for reading
    
    -Ice Queen Zero