CHAMP Asterocks is a DOS shareware remake of Atari's classic Asteroids arcade shooter. Like the other games in CHAMProgramming's series of arcade remakes, it closely emulates the original with two game modes, the original "Classic" and the enhanced "Champ" mode (only available in the registered version).
The "Classic" mode plays and feels much like the arcade machine, with very similar graphics, sound and gameplay -- which probably needn't be discussed here. You also have the option to switch between the original vector graphics and bitmapped color graphics.
The "Champ" mode is an upgraded version of the classic game, featuring new more asteroids, mines that home in when near enough, shields instead of the hyperspace features and bosses -- you can only have the bitmap graphics here.
Finally, the game features a variety of options -- one or two player modes, three difficulty settings, adjustable game speed, input by keyboard, mouse or joystick (Champ even released a "Champ cable" that allowed you to play the game with digital joysticks), and a high score table to round it all off.
The description at CHAMP Games Fan Page says it all about this excellent remake of ATARI's classic arcade shooter Asteroids:
"Based on CHAMP Asteroids, this version offers superb graphics, Soundblaster support and enhanced gameplay that truly makes you feel like you're in an arcade! A completely re-designed user interface is now easier and more powerful than before. A complete remake of the look and feel has created a truly enjoyable game. The object of CHAMP Asterocks is to clear out sectors of asteroids. You control a spaceship that you must maneuver to avoid the asteroids and enemy spaceships that attack from the sides.
Note that there are two different game modes: Classic Mode plays more like the arcade, CHAMP Mode includes the Classic Mode with more enhancements, including more asteroids, mines, shields, and Asterock Bosses! Vector graphics are more similar to the games of the early 80's. You can only use vector graphics in Classic Mode. Color graphics are supported in both Classic and CHAMP mode. Color mode features full 256 color 3D graphics."
CHAMP games are notable for excellent graphics, faithful recreation of arcade originals, and a smooth, addictive gameplay that brings the much-loved classic to a new generation of gamers, as well as old-timers who will enjoy the CHAMP levels. If you love the arcade original, you will doubtless enjoy this wonderful remake from one of the best shareware companies in the business.
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