A 2 PLAYER GAME
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.