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Asteroids - The Classic Video Game of the '70's

Here is an old time favorite that was loved by many, and still is judging by the high volume of visitors! Only problem was, me being a kid back then, I couldn't afford to pay a quarter a game. Fortunately for you, this one is free so you can play to your hearts content. Although this isn't the most educational game on this site it isn't completely devoid of educational value. You must be able to prioritize and track multiple targets, forcing your brain into "hyperthink" mode. You also must learn to lead your target. And if the planet Earth is ever attacked by a swarm of alien guided projectiles, your services will be in instant demand.
Wait for the applet and sounds to finish loading, this may take a minute or two. The Asteroids game screen will show "Game Over - 'S' to Start" once everything is ready. In the meantime you can review the instructions below. 

Note: If Asteroids doesn't seem to be responding to key presses, click your mouse pointer in the game area. Sometimes you might have to press your shift button while clicking on your "Reload" button. That will force this page to reload completely.

Playing the Game
Use the keyboard controls described below to maneuver your ship, destroying as many asteroids as you can while avoiding collision with them. Also watch for the flying saucers armed with guided missiles. 

If you warp into hyperspace, your ship will momentarily disappear then reappear on another part of the screen, gradually fading in. During this time the ship is invulnerable. Likewise, when your ship is destroyed, a new one will appear in the center of the screen. You can still maneuver and fire during this time so if you are in imminent danger, you have a couple of seconds to get out of it. 

S Start Game P Pause Game
Cursor Left Rotate Left Cursor Down Reverse Thrust
Cursor Right Rotate Right Cursor Up Forward Thrust
Spacebar Fire Cannon H Hyperspace
M Toggle Sound* D Toggle Graphics Detail*
*Note: If the game appears to run slowly on your machine, try turning sound and/or graphics detail off. This will not affect game play. 
Large Asteroids 25 Small Asteroids 50
Flying Saucer 250 Enemy Missile 500

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