Asteroids & Deluxe - Xbox Live Arcade review

God of rocks

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    Carbon copies of two classics

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    Updated graphics aren't bad

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    Good challenge


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    Hasn't aged well

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    Clunky controls

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    No multiplayer modes

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Nov 29, 2007

Now this is old-school… maybe even too much so. Asteroids and Asteroids Deluxe were first released to arcades in 1979 and 1980, respectively. Chances are strong that 90 percent of those reading this review weren’t even born then. But much like those of us who were around all those years ago, Asteroids and Asteroids Deluxe are definitely showing their age.

No, it doesn’t have so much to do with the simulated, two-color vector graphics found in the original mode of this Live Arcade package. While the visuals are definitely dated, the graphical upgrade - featuring the pre-requisite neon colors and crazy particle effects - goes a long way in bridging the visual gap between present-day games and those released 30 years ago.

More info

DescriptionGreat thought they are, these haven't stood the test of time as well as some other bona fide arcade classics.
Platform"Xbox 360"
US censor rating"Everyone"
UK censor rating""
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)