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Quick Review: Asteroid Blast HD for the BlackBerry PlayBook

By Ryan Blundell on 23 Dec 2011 03:06 pm EST
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Arguably the first video game I ever played was Asteroids – I could be wrong, but I think it was on an Atari 2600. Regardless, It was one of those games that I could play for a long time (that and Clowns on our Commodore 64). For those who have little knowledge of gaming whatsoever, first I’ll say “Shame on you” and second I’ll touch on the game play for a moment. You are manning a triangular spaceship in a pocket of wrap-around space. Within this confined space are (of course) asteroids that will break apart into smaller chunks as you blast them. The smaller the asteroid, the faster they will move. On top of a low budget version of Armageddon, a flying saucer is out to get you and will occasionally appear. If you find yourself in a sticky situation, you can use hyperspace to reappear in a random place.

Over the years, there have been many, many different copies and adaptations to choose from. Yes, we have one for the BlackBerry PlayBook too, and it’s aptly named Asteroid Blast HD. Rather than giving us a flashy version, like the Xbox Live Arcade port, Asteroid Blast HD gives us more of the original (and kick ass) version. The game play took a little time to get used to, as you tap the screen to fire and tap and hold to move; causing you to fire even if you don’t want to. That being said, I’m not exactly sure on the pricing, currently at $3.99, but if you’re craving some Asteroids madness, you can pick up Asteroid Blast HD from BlackBerry App World.

More information/download Asteroid Blast HD for the BlackBerry PlayBook

8 comments

cookney

i had this game on my AMIGA 500 in 1995 !!

utter crap and its 2011, who wants to play these games now! no wonder no one is buying a playbook.....

and £4 WTH ! spend a extra buck and get angry birds!

13david77

haha funny how 2 completely opposite opinions were posted within minutes of each other. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, sir. :) And I'd pay the 4 bucks just to save myself the trouble of trying to remember how to hook up my *insert ancient gaming console here* again haha Seems like a no brainer to me, and a market that has yet to be tapped *hint hint* ;)

gord888

You're never too cool for old school!

Mind you $4 seems a bit much i think $0.99 would be fair. As a side note, the controls seem very awkward.

III 4U2NV III

Agreed, I'd pick it up for only a buck. Missle Command on the other hand I may pick up for a couple bucks.

13david77

Ok. Now make available Zork 1, 2, and 3, Another World, Myst and I will purchase a playbook...today :) I already plan on purchasing one, but if dev's are gonna start bringing back some classic games of childhoods passed, then that gives me all the more reason. Just something to think about for us old farts that aren't into these new fangled video games haha

13david77

Oh, in addition, The playbook, and other tablets alike (i suppose) would be a great platform to bring back all the old school point-and-click adventures (I guess point-and-tap would make more sense now haha). They're simple, fun, challenging and if done right would look amazingly beautiful on the screen of a playbook.

GeneralHerzog

OH SNAP....Zork!!....hell ya!!
I don't understand how anyone can not appreciate the old school back in the day games.
This is just as fun now as it was back then. Guess you have to have lived through simple graphics to appreciate them.
Kids now a days have no imagination and don't respect old school.
I still think it's funny to reflect back on rewind machines and the 3 buck charge for not rewinding. (if you don't know what I'm talking about....google it)

Back to Asteroids......still a good game.
Now lets get The Incredible Machine ported.

npunk42

I used to love this game at the arcade. This Playbook version is not quite the same. I dont think the touch control interface helps at all. I give this a thumbs sideways.