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ASTROIDS '97 Introduction ============ ASTROIDS is an homage to the classic arcade video game "Asteroids" by Atari. In this game, you are a space pilot for Galactic Sweeping, Inc., the leading space cleaning company in the southern arm of the galaxy. Your mission is to clean your assigned space area from as many asteroids as possible before finally getting destroyed. (As you can probably imagine, since no pilot ever manages to make it home and pick up his pay check, staff costs in this company are relatively low. On the other hand, increasing costs for replacement space ships are a significant risk for the company's long-term profitability.) The standard cleaning ship is equipped with gravitonic deflector shields and a (somewhat antique) Class III pulsed phase cannon. Your shields are automatically activated when an asteroid hits your ship, but every activation consumes energy. When all your energy is used up, then ... well, you can imagine the consequences. Strangely enough, whenever you reach a multiple of 10000 points, your energy is fully recharged by some mysterious force. How to play =========== After starting ASTROIDS, the title screen should appear. By waiting for a few seconds, you can take a look at the Hall of Fame. To read your own name there, press a key to start the game. In the game, the small blue/red can that appears at the center of the screen is your space ship. The yellow bar in the top-left corner displays your remaining shield energy, and the number in the top-right corner displays your score. Keyboard controls ----------------- ESC Exit the game P Pause, continue with SPACE SPACE Fire Left arrow Turn left Right arrow Turn right Up arrow Accelerate System requirements =================== ASTROIDS runs under DOS and Windows 9x. If you have a more recent system, you can run the game in a virtual machine using FreeDOS or use a DOS emulator such as DOSBox or DOSEMU. Production Notes / Credits ========================== The following tools were used to produce ASTROIDS: Compiler: Watcom C/C++ 10.6, OpenWatcom 1.9 3d modeling and rendering: Reflections 3d 2d image editing: Corel Photo-Paint, GIMP The title screen of the game is based on a stunning photograph of the Cone Nebula (NCG 2264) created by David Malin at the Australian Astronomical Observatory. Many thanks to David Malin for kindly giving permission to include his work in the game. The background of the game screen is based on a photograph of the spiral galaxy NGC 5457 created by Anttler at en.wikipedia.org. Home page ========= You can download ASTROIDS at http://harnold.org/software/ License ======= ASTROIDS may be modified and redistributed under the conditions specified in the accompanying LICENSE file.