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.