Space Arena
Copyright/Publisher By: COMPUTE!'s Gazette/COMPUTE! Publications, Inc, Programmed By:
Bryan Files, Genre: Weird Sports, Release Year: 1985, Number Of Players: 2



In Space Arena two people compete with their joystick-controlled ships. The movement is much like the classic arcade game Asteroids. Rotate the ship by moving the joystick left or right.

Push the joystick forward to activate the ship's thrusters, and press the fire button to release a photon blast. Remember that you have no brakes; to slow down, you must turn the ship around and thrust in the direction you're moving.

Game options include speed (1-3, where 1 is the slowest and 3 the fastest)
and time limit (1-5 minutes).

There are two basic strategies to playing Space Arena. You can try to push your opponent into an asteroid, or push the asteroids into your opponent. The effect of photon blasts on asteroids is much less than on ships because the asteroids are heavier.

A single photon blast can send a ship flying across the screen, especially if the ship has to turn around before being able to slow down. On the other hand, if your opponent is faced with several fast moving asteroids, he may crash into one of his own.

The highest score within a given time determines the victor. One point is given each time a pilot hits the opposing ship with a photon blast. If the enemys ship is destroyed by running into an asteroid, 20 points are awarded.