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Lynx High Score Club 2021 Mini Season: Round 11 - Super Asteroids

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Atari Lynx High Score Club- Mini Season: Round 11

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This round we play Super Asteroids

 

Round Over: Monday January 31st 11:59pm EST (1/31/2022) 

 

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Link to manual scan:

 

AtariAge - Atari Lynx Manuals - Super Asteroids & Missile Command (Atari)

 

Settings - Super Asteroids: Default

 

HSC Record: None!

 

Add your Score from Super Asteroids!  Please put your score in text in your post please, make my life a little easier.  

Super Asteroids scores:

 

1. jgkspsx                         45,510.  +10

2. nightmonkeyii               24,700.   +8

3. doctor_shred                24,530.   +6

4. sdrake                          23,910.  +4

5. Rick Dangerous             23,030.  +2

6. jeremiahjt                     22,680.  +1

7. AtariSphinx                    11,860.  +1

8. nightmonkeyii                10,710.  +1

9. roadrunner                      8,060.  +1

10. neogeo1982                  4,190.   +1



Current season point standings -

 

1. Rick Dangerous              62

2. doctor_shred                  60

3. jeremiahjt                      49

4. nightmonkeyii                 43

5. neogeo1982                   25

6. sdrake                           24

7. jgkspsx                          22

8. Mr.JT                             15

9. AtariSphinx                    15

10. roadrunner                   11

11. tripled79                      10

12. Songbird                       9

13. jblenkle                         2

14. Peyo                             1

 

 

Any corrections please post! 

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@roadrunner I did message @Albert RE mod status for the Lynx and Jaguar HSC area's but never heard back.  Apologies and you don't have to keep pinning these people will figure it out (hopefully!) 

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1 minute ago, Rick Dangerous said:

@roadrunner I did message @Albert RE mod status for the Lynx and Jaguar HSC area's but never heard back.  Apologies and you don't have to keep pinning these people will figure it out (hopefully!) 

Sorry about that, I will look for your message and take care of that today.

 

 ..Al

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1660. 

I feel like I just ping pong around the screen on this.

 

 

 

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7250

 

Fun one!  Took me a few to figure out how the shield works. Not sure what the numbers are to the left of your score, probably wave and something?  Guess i could read the manual. lol

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I got 22,680 on my first game! Woo-hoo. Too bad I did not realize you could just hold down the fire button sooner.

 

I also have to say that triple-shot rapid fire combination is deadly.

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It's doesn't actually say in the manual, but i think the first two numbers in the top left represent 1: Level. 2: Wave. and then obviously 3: Score

 

23,030

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15630. Halfway through the game I stopped shooting the powerups, lol. The diamond shaped things are powerups: red for shots, yellow for shield energy, blue with white outline for more speed (can be a liability!!), blue with blue outline for a real shield.

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3 hours ago, jgkspsx said:

The diamond shaped things are powerups: red for shots, yellow for shield

Oh good to know. 

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Sorry, there are two blue powerups. The one with the white outline increases your speed, which can be a bad thing; the one with the blue outline gives you the shield.

 

18310 (and I was super distracted for my last two lives so I can do much better):

 

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I could not figure out what the other blue power-up does. Since I do my best not to move, I never noticed the increased speed. There is also the one that destroys things onscreen, orange maybe?

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14 minutes ago, jeremiahjt said:

I could not figure out what the other blue power-up does. Since I do my best not to move, I never noticed the increased speed. There is also the one that destroys things onscreen, orange maybe?

Ahh, yep, I thought of it as golden. 

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1 minute ago, jgkspsx said:

Ahh, yep, I thought of it as golden. 

I just could not remember the color. I thought I recalled an orange power-up.

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11860

 

First time playing this one.  So impressed what Atari did in many Lynx games vs the competition at the time. So ahead of their time!  Shame Atari could not capitalize on this.   

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45510! Level 12-4! :D This one game took me about 45 minutes. If not an hour.
 

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Some things that may not immediately be obvious: 

 

Powerups spawn even when nothing is going on. Your health gradually recovers if you sit around. When I was in trouble, I would just leave one small asteroid there and wait for the energy refill power up. I got very lucky in this game with energy refills.

 

I also only got two speed powerups and shot the rest. When I finally got a third that was the beginning of the end.

 

The solid shield may seem unnecessary but it’s a game changer. Used right you can clear out whole levels without a scratch.

 

When you get a triple shot and then another, the triple shot not only lasts longer but the RATE of fire doubles. You can incinerate the whole room in seconds.

 

The way I lost all of my lives was going too hard on the trigger finger in a fresh room without a solid shield or the triple shot. When the big asteroids break into eight small asteroids, all going at high speed, you are just doomed. I almost died at 35000 but picked up a shield, then an energy recharge.

 

My play timeline:

 

First 25 minutes: no deaths, 15000 or so.

 

First death: 25 minutes

 

Next ten minutes: up to about 28000.

 

Second death: 30 minutes (got sloppy)

 

Next 10-15 minutes: up to 45510

 

Third death: ~45 minutes.

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I used to be much better :)

 

I think 100k is very doable without overly cautious play.

 

EDIT: this person got to 100k by level 21 without strategic play or playing for score at all. 

 

 

 

This has to be using save states or other tool assist, as they frequently do the bad thing (breaking up all the big asteroids at once) and would never survive so long playing that way.

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The record is like 70k; if you feel like beating it and posting to this thread, i'll update the HSC table with your score.  Good luck; we're all counting on you! ;) 

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