Aug 15, 2013
Asteroids was an arcade game in the time when arcade games were a thing, rather than an obsolete, and incredibly vague genre definition. It was released by Atari in the ancient time of 1979, and was such a huge hit that Atari almost scrapped all of its other projects, concentrating on meeting the ridiculous demands on Asteroids. Although the game didn’t feature any iconic characters, or locations, its success was an important part in the video game industry becoming what it is now â€“ an industry. Additionally, this game created a shoot-em-up genre that’s presented in huge numbers on the mobiles of today. Thus, it’s still warm in the collective memory of video game fans, and there are some people who actually draw inspiration from its simple, neon-like design. There are also some people who take it and smash against another classic Atari video game for kicks, like the ones that made Breakeroids.
Breakeroids is absurdly simple, yet still interesting. It’s a mash-up between Breakout and Asteroids, and that’s it. The player controls a platform at the bottom of the screen, and has to launch a ball to smash the asteroids that are flying randomly at the top. Asteroids can’t reach the platform, though it still can be destroyed by a flying saucer that comes every once in a while and shoots lasers at it. At times, some power-ups and downs fall from the top of the screen, and can be caught, or evaded by the platform.
When all of the asteroids and their chunks are destroyed, a new level is generated with some new asteroids. Breakeroids doesn’t try to surprise anyone, and only features the core gameplay of both arcade classics. The only real advancement that it has is an ability to restart the game from the latest wave, rather than from the beginning. It features same vector shapes and pre-8-bit sound design, so I’d say it has a very distinct, if unusual, style.
Minimalism of Breakeroids is both its main feature, and its primary flaw. It’s really quite repetitive, although it does trigger a trance-like peace of mind, prompting the player to play it on and on, until the end of time comes â€“ or phone’s battery dies. It’s a ghost of the times past, and I’d only suggest picking it in the case of extreme nostalgia, or desire to see how the games were played in the age of Jimmy Carter and Margaret Thatcher. That said, Breakeroids is quite good.