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Players move from one sector to the next clearing each of asteroids and assorted targets while collecting energy cells and assorted weapons enhancements.

Blasteroids was produced by Atari Games in 1987.

Atari Games released 88 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1984. Atari Games was based in United States.

Other machines made by Atari Games during the time period Blasteroids was produced include: 720 Degrees, Championship Sprint, Gauntlet II, Super Sprint, Rolling Thunder, Xybots, A.P.B., Road Blasters, RBI Baseball, and Atari R.B.I. Baseball


Name Blasteroids
Developer Atari Games (United States)
Year 1987
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7146
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Competitive
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Rotary: Optical
  • Buttons: 3 - Fire|Thrust|Transform
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Instructions Blasteroids Instructions Image
Control Panel Blasteroids Control Panel Image
Side Art Blasteroids Side Art Image
PCB Blasteroids PCB Image

Game Introduction

A more visually appealing two-player raster version of Asteroids where the object of the game is to clear all sectors of the asteroids and enemy ships. Afterwards, you must battle Mukor, the "boss" asteroid who rules all galaxies, and destroy him.

Game Play

This game is an update to Atari's vector-based Asteroids. Your ship appears first in the center of four vortices. Driving your ship into one of the vortexes takes you to a sector in that particular star system, where, as in Asteroids, you destroy the asteroids and alien ships that travel between them. Your ship is fueled by destroying specially colored asteroids which turn into collectable crystals. Not all sectors contain the crystal-bearing asteroids. If you run out of fuel, you lose a ship.

The game allows you to transform your ship. Three ship configurations are available: The Speeder (small), The Fighter (medium) and The Warrior (large). The Speeder is very fast, with poor damage-absorbing armor and short range guns. The Fighter has medium level armor, medium range guns and a slower but decent speed. The Warrior has excellent armor and close range guns but is ponderously slow.

Floating amongst the asteroids are objects which help you: additional guns for your ship, larger fuel tanks, crystal magnets and impervious shields. Some of these add-ons are time-limited while others last until your current ship is destroyed. In the asteroid field, there are also "popcorn" asteroids, small blue rock formations that grow larger and travel faster with each hit they take until they become large, non-moving objects on the screen. These obstacles must be avoided since hitting them will drain all your fuel, costing you a ship. A popcorn asteroid can not be destroyed. Hitting anything other than bonus power-ups and energy crystals costs precious fuel. Clearing a sector of all its asteroids takes you back to a screen showing you a preview of all the cleared and uncleared sectors in this star system. Some sectors are unknown and you do not get a preview. You must select the next sector to clear. Clearing all sectors in the vortex takes you to the "boss."

The "boss" asteroid, Mukor, is a large animated rock with a face and multiple volcano-like projections placed around his body. He moves around the screen making murmuring noises while his "volcanoes" spew forth a continuous stream of small alien ships and asteroids which you must avoid or destroy. To kill Mukor, you must eliminate each of the volcanoes with multiple blaster hits. Destroying a volcano causes Mukor to release bonus power-up items and destroying all the volcanoes causes Mukor to flee, returning you to the selection vortices.

Later, after you have cleared all other sectors, you will eventually have to face Mukor again and that time, he will have to be destroyed. After Mukor has been destroyed, the game ends.

Simultaneous two-player game play can be competitive or cooperative. The first person to fly their ship into a vortex chooses the star system to which the players go. A unique feature of two-person play is the docking of ships. To dock, one player must transform their ship to the largest size while the other transforms to the smallest. By touching the two ships together, they dock and form one large ship. The player originally with the larger ship now controls the speed and direction of the docked ship and can fire straight forward. The player with the smaller ship controls a turret that can rotate and fire independently of the main ship. The dock is broken when the player with the small ship hits his/her thrust button.

Blasteroids KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 2.72 (6 votes)

Fun Factor: 2.61

Overall Like 2.80
Fun (Social) 3.25
Fun (Solo) 3.00
Collector Desire 2.25

Technical Rating: 3.00

Gameplay 4.20
Graphics 4.00
Originality 2.60
Sound/Music 2.50

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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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Blasteroids Census

There are 14,831 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,505 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,882 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 115 known instances of this machine owned by Blasteroids collectors who are active members. Of these, 100 of them are original dedicated machines. 15 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 5 active VAPS members with a Blasteroids machines for sale. There are 3 active VAPS members with a Blasteroids circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Blasteroids. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Blasteroids circuit board set.

This game ranks a 23 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 3 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

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