Astro Fighter is a two-dimensional, space shoot 'em up arcade game released in 1980. It was developed and published by Data East in Japan and was published outside of Japan by Gremlin/Sega. Programmer Robert DeCrescenzo has now brought Astro Fighter to life on the Atari 7800!
Astro Fighter is a one or two player game of space adventure. Two players may take turns, competing for the high score. The player's warship faces meteor showers interspersed with four lines of enemy defense forces in an effort to reach the 'Master' and destroy it. Besides the challenges of fighting ability, the player's warship has an expendable supply of fuel that must last through the fight with the 'Master'.
You begin the game with 3 or 5 lives and receive a bonus life on reaching a score of 5,000. 60 bonus points are received for shooting each of six falling bombs and you receive 950 points for hitting the GS ship accurately on the first shot.
- Skill Levels: 'Easy' starts out with less firepower toward your warship. There are also less meteors that drop from the top of the screen, and you consume fuel much slower. 'Normal' is more like the arcade version, as it has somewhat more firepower aimed at your warship, has more meteors that drop from the top of the screen, and you consume fuel at the same rate as the arcade game. 'Hard' is only for the most seasoned players. It has the most firepower aimed at your warship, has the most meteors, and you consume fuel the fastest on this level. If you can make it past the first round, you are a very experienced player.
- Lives: Allows the player to start the game with 3 or 5 lives.
- Players: Chooses between a 1 and 2 player game.
You may use single-button joysticks (CX-40) or two-button joysticks (ProLine) with this game.
Astro Fighter includes the game cartridge and four-page manual. Astro Fighter supports both NTSC and PAL television standards.
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If you'd like a boxed copy of Astro Fighter, please select "Box Upgrade: Yes" at the top of the page before adding Astro Fighter to your cart. Our boxes are professionally printed and include a box insert to hold your Astro Fighter cartridge in place. We want you to play our games, so we have not sealed or shrinkwrapped the boxes in any way, allowing you easy access to the game cartridge and manual.
These boxes are the same size as boxes Atari produced for their games "back in the day". They look great sitting on a shelf with your other boxed homebrew games, or alongside games from the classic Atari library. We only have a limited number of boxes for each game, and there is no guarantee they will become available again once our supplies are exhausted. Click on the images to the right to see larger photos of the box.
|Number of Players||1 - 2|
|Label and Manual Artwork||Marc Oberhäuser|
I love space shooters, and this one is a good example. The series of four enemy fleets followed by a boss is interesting. Controls are good, the graphics really the early 80's look, and the sound is... Well this is the 7800. My problem with this game is the difficulty. On easy, it's a cakewalk and I can play until I get bored. On medium, I get crushed. Maybe my gaming skill is the problem, but it's kind of frustrating.
If you like space shooters, I'd say go for it. Despite my complaints, it's still good. But if you're trying to decide between this and Astro Blaster, definitely go with Astro Blaster. That game is amazing, and outclasses this one in just about every way.