Conceptually, ‘Asteroids’ relies on a basic idea; blow up objects which have the possibility of striking you. Eternal Blast approaches the idea and expounds upon the foundation laid. Developed by Furious Ant, Eternal Blast operates through flash player and requires no more than a mouse (and a functioning computer) to enjoy.
As soon as the play button is pressed instructions are given to the player on what mission needs to be executed: Search and destroy. Steer with the mouse. Thrust by pushing the mouse away from the ship. Destroy all asteroids. Kill all enemies by blowing up their ships. Pick up upgrades, health, and shields. Do not get hit. These exist as your guidelines to success; live by them, or die thwarting them. Eternal Blast asks little of a player beyond a quick finger and a hatred of large meteorites.
Added incentive for playing Eternal Blast are achievements, high score rankings, and variance. Achievements range from game progression achievements to high score achievements such as obtaining a massive 1,000,000 points. High score rankings offer both score and country. So you not only take on the country you live in, but the world in its entirety. Finally, there are a breadth of 15 different ships and numerous upgrades to ready your ship for enemies and asteroids alike. Players will continue battling until they can no longer hold off the ship destroying menaces, so numerous levels are met and conquered.
Eternal Blast is a homage to a classic game. No, this version does not require a nifty joystick or entire Atari console to run, but it offers more of an experience than ‘Asteroids’ ever could. With upgrades, enemy variety, and internet score boards, ‘Asteroids’ has never been so fast and brutal.
You can try Eternal Blast here. Good luck, and make your old Atari buddies proud by trouncing some amateurs with a high score.