Arguably one of the greatest video games of all time, and certainly one of the classics, Asteroids was released to the arcades by Atari in 1979. Twenty-five years later the game is still captivating gamers with its gameplay and its physics.
But Belter is better.
From creator Russ Duckworth's Truantduck Games comes this Flash Asteroids clone that offers the same gameplay as the original, yet in glorious full-color with lots of new roids, 99 levels, boss stages, and high score lists.
Belter one-ups the granddaddy of vector-based video games by featuring an eye-pleasing interface, a variety of colorful backgrounds, and some highly entertaining asteroids to shoot into smithereens. Now there are dark matter roids, droid roids, ice roids, time bomb roids, gas roids, smart roids and, of course, asteroids. Each one differs in mass and in behavior, and when hit with your laser cannon, each has its own point value.
Use the left and right arrow keys for controlling rotation of the space craft, up and down arrow keys for forward and reverse. Two difficulty levels offer game play for novice or expert gamers. There is even a wireframe mode for the video game purists.
The game is beautiful and breathes new life into a classic game formula that has been around for a very long time. The in-game sound is minimal and leaves some to be desired, yet doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment of reliving one of the greatest games of all time.