- The second Vector
Game from Atari with a horizontal Black & White Vector CRT (15"
& 19"), 2 Player
alternating. Largest Vector Game Production. Developed by Lyle Rains,
Ed Logg und Howard Delman.
- (Grabbed from the Internet.. will replace that some
Asteroids sits right
with Pac-Man and Space Invaders as a
classic. From the hypnotic bass to the swarming asteroid field this
game had every intention of success. The production run for this game
exceeded 70,000!! units. Asteroids was so popular that the production
line for Lunar Lander was switched over to producing Asteroids games,
this is why some Asteroids are in Lunar Lander cabinets (about 200 were
done this way!). By this amount of produced games it out performed
Space Invaders from Taito.
Your mission is basically to reduce the floating asteroids down to
rubble and finally dust. Each asteroid when shot breaks into two
smaller ones. As you create your destruction you must avoid enemy
flying saucers that will try and shoot you down. The saucers come in
two flavors, large and small. The large ones of course easier to hit
and are much less accurate with their lasers, while the smaller saucers
are quick and accurate (they also score 1000 points, motivation for
saucer hunting). When you clear the level, alas... more asteroids
appear, and in greater numbers.
- The CPU is a
6502A running at 1.5Mhz with 6k of ROM for the actual game.
Monitor - The
Monitor for the Upright is 19" in size and there exist two brands and
Brands are Electrohome (EH) & Wells Gardner (WG). The
Asteroids below SN 18900 were equipped with an EH G05-801 which was
totally different from the later two models WG 19V2000 or EH G05-802.
In reality you may find a monitor that is made of components from both
brands. The Monitor for the Cocktail or Cabaret is 15" and could be
from either Electrohome (EH G05-805) or Wells Gardner (WG 15V2000). I
have not been able to find a 15V2000 manual, but the EH
model should be very similar
Clones/Bootlegs - Asterock
(Maxenti), Planet (Alca),
Generally have a look
at the "Link
Collection" section to
find sources. I can help out with single items, if you don't find them
non conclusive List is in the "Electronics
- The following reproductions are on the market with a varying grade of
quality. Have also a look in the "Link
Collection" section: » Upright
Sideart, Monitor Bezel, Control Panel Overlay, Marquee » Cocktail
Monitor Bezel, Glass Underlay, Control Panel Overlay