Asteroids (video game)

1979 video game

Asteroids is an arcade video game released by Atari in 1979. In this game, the player controls a spaceship in an asteroid field. Every once in while, a flying saucer comes on the field. The goal is to destroy the asteroids and flying saucers, while not being hit by them.

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A rare "Gold Asteroids" cabinet at Atari
Developer(s)Atari, Inc.
Publisher(s)Atari, Inc.
Designer(s)Lyle Rains and Ed Logg
SeriesAsteroids Edit this on Wikidata
  • NA: November 1979
Genre(s)Multi-directional shooter
Mode(s)Up to 2 players, alternate turns
CabinetUpright and cocktail
CPUMOS Technology 6502

The game was very popular, selling 70,000 arcade cabinets.[1] It has been released on many video game consoles, including the Atari 2600, Game Boy Color, and Xbox 360.


  1. Wolf, Mark J.P. (2008). The video game explosion: A history from Pong to Playstation and beyond. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. p. 68. ISBN 0-313-33868-X. In November of that year, Atari also released Asteroids, which became an arcade classic and one of the best-known vector games, exceeding 70,000 units produced (the production line for Lunar Lander was eventually switched over to producing Asteroids units).

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