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Astronoid Editor's Review

Astanoid is a freeware arcade game which takes the core gameplay elements and ideas from the classic game breakout (also known as arcanoid) but instead of being a generic clone like every other game which takes the basic game mechanics from breakout, astanoid actually adds its own unique perspective on the genre, by themeing the entire game with alien elements. To give a basic summary, astanoid is breakout but with its own entire theme, gameplay additions and much much more.

The gameplay of astanoids is very similar to that of breakout, you must move a paddle along the bottom of the screen, and a ball will appear on the paddle, and you must bounce the ball of the paddle into the blocks which are along the top of the screen, by using the angle which the ball hits the paddle at to try and make the correct blocks disappear. There are a variety of different blocks however, and although the majority of the levels just use standard blocks which give you a basic 100 points, there are also power up blocks which will increase the length of your paddle, add more balls to the screen, and many more.

The theme of astanoids is one of the key elements that keeps it unique from other breakout clones, besides the extra power ups the game adds. The art theme of the game is the key area where this works in, as all of the art assets in the original game were just simple blocks, and astanoids completely expands on that, by adding really futuristic style to all of the assets, including the paddle, the blocks, and and more. The power ups also add to this theme of the game, with power ups which can make your paddle hover, and a few other interesting themed decisions.

The controls of the game are fairly easy to understand, use the mouse to drag the paddle across the screen, to bounce the ball of it. If the ball misses the paddle, you will lose a life but if the ball keeps hitting the paddle it will get faster, requiring more and more mouse skill to beat more levels. If you click, you will be able to hold the paddle down, and when you finally release it you will release a lot of pressure, making the ball go into the bricks a lot faster. This allows you to speed up the pace of the ball in the earlier stages if the game if you are a veteran break out player.

Overall astanoids is actually a very interesting game, that combines a classic gameplay style with a futuristic art style, completely new power ups which really innovate and change the game, a massive variety of levels and much, much more. This makes the game a great game in general, and a far better one if you are a fan of the classic game it bases itself upon. If you have ever played breakout, and would like to see a modern day version, this game is definitely for you, and even if not, it's still a great game to pick up and play.

Astronoid Publisher's Description

This game is an unusual remake of arkanoid game. Your goal is to destroy all alien turrets to complete each level. You don't need to always deflect the plasma sphere, but you really need to evade the alien shells and missiles to survive.There are no time-expirations in the trial version, but only tutorial mission and the first levels of each other missions are available. Full version contains all levels and mission editor.

Free download from Shareware Connection - Destroy all of the alien turrets before they destroy you in this breakout game

Publisher: Apus Software | License: Shareware | Price: 15
Version: 1.4 | Size: 1789 KB | Platform: WinOther
Released Date: 11-12-2002 | Rating: 0 | Title: Astronoid

Author Url: http://www.games4win.com
Program Info Url: http://www.games4win.com/
Download Url: http://www.games4win.com/files/astsetup.exe
Screenshot Url: http://www.games4win.com/files/sshots/ast1.jpg

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