National Game Registry: Astrosmash

United States Library of Congress

ASTROSMASH
key personnel:
John Sohl

original platform:
Intellivision (1981, Mattel)

notable conversions:
Atari 2600 (1982, Mattel)

Originally released for the Intellivision system, Astrosmash successfully combines two popular arcade games; Taito’s Space Invaders and Atari’s Asteroids. The player controls a firing unit that moves left to right at the bottom of the screen firing at meteors and spinners falling from above. Destroying a meteor rewards the player with points while missing a meteor costs points, meaning a user could play for hours and have a negative score at the end. The challenge to stay ahead proved to be quite popular and the game eventually became the Intellivision pack-in game. Astrosmash was ported to the Atari 2600 and the Mattel Electronics Aquarius computer.

Intellivision

Astrosmash was inducted on February 23rd, 2009.

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