This is one of those fun little games with the vector
graphics. It was made by Atari and has a lot in common with
Asteroids. Both have you shoot big objects to make then into
smaller objects and eventually destroy them. Both have you
clearing the screen to go to the next level. There is even
similar controls, left/right movement, thrust and shields. But
there are some differences or else it would have just been a
The first difference is the
different options. You can play as a single ship or a joined
ship. In two player mode, you can have separate ships or one
that is connected. While the connected or joined ship is tough
to control, it makes for a fun game. In the two player mode, you
will learn to cooperate real quick or die even quicker. This is
actually a really neat feature and one that you should try out
with a friend or loved one.
The graphics are better than the
original Asteroids and about on par with Asteroids Deluxe. The
two ships are interesting looking, sorta like little ketchup and
mustard bottles that you would find at a restaurant. Too bad the
designers didn't capitalize on this. We could have had names
like "Cosmic Condiments" or "Ketchup/Mustard Massacre". Guess
people wouldn't take the game very serious. But it is hard to
with a game called Space Duel and you are fighting in ketchup
and mustard bottles. Oh well, they missed out on the sponsorship
deals with Heinz and French's.
While your ships are a bit silly
looking, the enemies are a different breed. You start off with
what looks like cosmic wagon wheels. Every time I see them, the
old Journey song, "Wheel in the sky, keeps on turning" plays in
my head, which is not a good thing. Later on you are greeted by
cubes and little ships that are a nuisance. Then there is this
block that just comes at you and you have to shoot many times.
While I cannot confirm it, I think it may be a guest appearance
by Billy the Block, but there is no mention in the credits
anywhere (a common problem in his career). Billy could not be
reached for comment.
Anyways, the game is fun. As a
one player game it is decent. But as a two player it is loads of
fun, especially with the joined ships. Try it out with a friend
and keep those condiments firing!
This is just a review of the arcade machine.
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