Get blasting some asteroids with Satellite Assault for the BlackBerry PlayBook

By James Richardson on 9 Feb 2013 01:35 pm EST

Satellite Assault for the BlackBerry PlayBook brings back a few memories for me. If you are old enough to have played Asteroids on the Atari back in the day you will remember what fun it was. Satellite Assault is not that different, apart from clearly things have improved over the last 20+ years.

You control a space craft that must avoid contact with asteroids that appear on screen. Blasting one with your laser will smash it into three smaller pieces which will also need shooting and with multiple asteroids on screen it can get pretty busy as time goes on. There are also enemy spacecraft that will try and shoot you down - avoid them and blast them to bits.

The onscreen controls are simple and you have a couple of options in terms of how things work. As you will see fro the video I favoured the 'wheel' option and this control on the left of the screen is how your turn the craft left and right. Over on the right is where you make the ship move forward and also the fire button to destroy the asteroids.

With options for the length of the game as well as different difficulty levels, Satellite Assault is a bunch of fun. It's pretty hard though so be prepared for a challenge. And at $0.99 it won't break the bank.

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Get blasting some asteroids with Satellite Assault for the BlackBerry PlayBook


Had the volume turned up too much. The previous intro made me jump!

The apparent 3D positioning of the asteroids would make this a logical game to add 3D "near / far" ship controls and perhaps even a 3D output.

Of course, I still miss true vector graphics!

This looks very good. If you need a more retro feel it is hard to beat the Atari classic in the PSone emulation. Top notch.

/Device agnosticism or bust!

As one who deposited many a quarter into an Asteroids machine, that video made me homesick for the vector graphics of my 2600. Now other than copyright infringement issues, is there anyway one could input the sound chip file from the vector graphic game. Asteroids just does not feel the same with out that gentle worble sound. ;-)

This is a fun game but requires faster ship acceleration. You get killed too easily from the Alien UFO saucers since they move faster than you do. I'd also like to see some ship drift too since you're in space you should continue to move in the direction you're moving in until you change course. This is how the original Asteroids game was. Not only that it made for fun times cruising around the screen...

The 3D effect is cool though. The help file instructions are pixelated too but that's just nitpicking. As least this game has some decent instructions compared to most others. I'd give it a 4/5. With the improvements I mention it would get a perfect score.