Asteroids Deluxe Cardboard

In addition to the shield feature and the Killer Satellite, the most significant change in this version of the game is that the flying saucers can now target the player’s ship across the screen boundary – meaning that if the saucer is close to the left edge and the player is at the right edge, the saucer may shoot toward the left edge and across the boundary to hit the player since their ship is closer that direction. In Asteroids, the saucers could only fire directly at the player’s location on screen without considering the boundary, which led to the popular “lurking” exploit that enabled players to play for very long periods of time on a single credit. This updated strategy was in direct response to that exploit.

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