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Pilot a spaceship equipped with shields and auto-fire as you blast through level after level of rotating asteroids. UFOs and multi-segmented Killer Satellites take chase, searching for an opportunity to destroy your ship.

Asteroids Deluxe was produced by Atari in 1980.

Atari released 136 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1972. Atari was based in United States.

Other machines made by Atari during the time period Asteroids Deluxe was produced include: Atari Soccer, Hercules, Superman, Atari Baseball, Asteroids, Red Baron, Missile Command, Turtleroids, Battlezone, and Monte Carlo


Name Asteroids Deluxe
Developer Atari (United States)
Year 1980
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 6940
Class Wide Release
Genre Space
  • Orientation: Horizontal
  • Type: Vector
  • Color: Black and White with a Color Overlay
  • 19-inch Electrohome G05-802/805

Conversion Class unique
Game Specific Asteroids Deluxe Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Asteroids Deluxe Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Buttons: Rotational (left, right)
  • Buttons: 3 - FireThrustShield
Sound Unamplified Mono (requires one-channel amp)
Cabinet Styles
  • Cocktail - 136 lbs
  • Cabaret/Mini
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Asteroids Deluxe Control Panel Image
Side Art Asteroids Deluxe Side Art Image

Game Introduction

Asteroids Deluxe features modified gameplay intentionally designed to challenge players who had mastered the original Asteroids. Hyperspace was replaced with a new option called "shields", which creates a protective barrier around the players' ship. This barrier is only effective when the button is depressed and held unlike hyperspace, and depletes with use also unlike hyperspace. The players' ship was redesigned to include two side fins and a narrower body, keeping the overall ship dimensions identical to the original game. The ship has the same maximum velocity as in Asteroids, but can accelerate twice as fast. Firing is automatic, holding down the fire button will release a maximum of four shots on screen at a time. The asteroids themselves rotate as they travel about the screen. Firing accuracy of the two saucers was improved, and the saucers shoot both "wrap-around" shots and shoot immediately upon entering the screen both features designed to discourage UFO hunting. Atari added extra challenge to the game by introducing the "Killer Satellite" or "Hexagon", a snowflake-like object which breaks into three ship-chasing "Diamonds" once hit. Each diamond in turn can break into two "Sharks" or "Wedges" they resemble the dorsal fin of a shark which also pursue the players' ship. Overall a much more difficult game than the original Asteroids.

Asteroids Deluxe KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.87 (24 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.91

Overall Like 4.22
Fun (Social) 3.54
Fun (Solo) 4.26
Collector Desire 3.83

Technical Rating: 3.96

Gameplay 4.43
Graphics 4.39
Originality 3.30
Sound/Music 3.70

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Although the attract screen claims a 1980 copyright, the game was officially introduced in March of 1981. The front glass on the upright was originaly square with the cabinet. This produced a glare on the screen. Atari later released a "glare reduction kit" which retro fit an angled glass into the cabinet that reduced glare. Once applied, the kit enclosed the speaker which resulted in deeper base tones.


There are two versions of the software. The original release proved to be so difficult that Atari released a revised version that had easier game play. This new version was originally introduced in Europe and is often referred to as the "European Version". Determining which version you are playing can be discerned by noting when the first appearance of a Killer Satellite occurs - in the original version this is near the end of the second wave, in the revised version it will appear near the end of the first wave and moves much more slowly. Dave Sheppard was the designer.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Asteroids Deluxe Census

There are 14,745 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,470 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,450 machines (6,893 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 813 known instances of this machine owned by Asteroids Deluxe collectors who are active members. Of these, 774 of them are original dedicated machines. 2 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 37 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 38 active VAPS members with a Asteroids Deluxe machines for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Asteroids Deluxe circuit board for sale.

Wanted - Very Popular - There are 30 active VAPS members currently looking for Asteroids Deluxe.

This game ranks a 91 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 50 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]



The wiring harness for this game is very similar to that of the original Asteroids machine. Converting from one board to the other is a matter of swapping three pairs of pins 12 and N 13 and P 15 and S.


  1. Asteroids
  2. Asteroids Deluxe
  3. Space Duel
  4. Blasteroids


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 90; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 90; Color photo

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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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Auctions Recap

Year Count Median $ Average $
2016 4 172.50 215.63
2017 3 826.00 792.83
2018 9 531.00 532.89
2019 4 826.00 722.75
2020 3 575.00 585.00
2021 9 1,150.00 1,539.50
2022 5 575.00 713.00
All Years 37 690.00 813.61


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