Asteroids Arcade Cabinet
Lyle Rains, Ed Logg and Dominic Walsh, the cabs were brought to the Japanese market by Taito, and the rest of the world by Atari.
This is a table top version of the arcade machine, very popular in bars and clubs, as drinks could be stood on them as the players enjoyed the game.
Asteroids is one of the early games in arcades that along with Pac-Man and Space Invaders helped spead the popularity of the games industry.
The player controls a space ship, that can be turned to fire at asteroids and enemy ships, the rocks are different sizes, and if large, shooting them causes them to split into smaller ones, that need shooting again to blast off the screen.
If the player is touched by a rock or shot by a ship, his craft will explode. if three lives are lost it is game over.
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