Blast rocks and saucers. Repeat. It is actually fun.
Sometimes, simpler is better. There is no other way to put it. When you mess with the formula of a popular game, you can either go the way of the dodo and end up with a completely miffed-up mess (like, say, Defender), or you can end up with something that honors the memory of the older game while presenting a new experience. PlayPhone's Asteroids doesn't follow that path, and instead keeps it simple, stupid. And I couldn't be happier.
Produced by Ed Logg and Atari back in the early 80's, Asteroids is a simple game where you control a triangular ship that works its way across a screen, shooting asteroids that can break off into smaller rock formations and taking down the occasional annoying flying saucer, spewing gunfire at random. Not only can you thrust and shoot your way to victory, but you can also hyperspace out of harm's way to another point on the screen. Granted, it isn't always a safe tactic, but it works.
Asteroids employs the same kind of vector graphics as the arcade original, and, although not as bright as I would have liked, the game still looks very good and will bring back memories for arcade fans. The controls are perfect, not really pushing anything in complexity and, again, keeping true to the arcade formula. Sound is reduced to typical bleeps and bloops, but it works for a game such as this.
The bottom line, if you love arcade games, Asteroids is a must-download. Granted, there's nothing new to really revamp it up any (like with Atari's arcade release Blasteroids), but what remains is still joyous classic fun.
What's Hot: Will impress those who love the arcade game.
What's Not: Won't impress those tired of the arcade game.