Space Duel

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Space Duel
Space duel flyer.png
American arcade flyer for Space Duel
Developer(s) Atari Inc.
Publisher(s) Atari Inc.
Distributor(s) Atari Inc.
Designer(s) Rick Maurer, Owen Rubin, Steve Calfee, Dave Sheppard
Platform(s) Arcade game
Release date(s) 1982
Genre(s) Multi-directional shooter
Cabinet standard, cocktail
CPU 6502
Sound POKEY x 2
Display Color Vector

Space Duel is an arcade game released in 1982 by Atari Inc. It is a direct descendant of the original Asteroids, with asteroids replaced by colorful geometric shapes like cubes, diamonds, and spinning pinwheels. Space Duel is the first and only multi-player interactive vector game by Atari. When Asteroids Deluxe did not sell well, this game was taken off the shelf and released to moderate success.

The player has five buttons: two to rotate the ship left or right, one to shoot, one to activate the thruster, and one for force field. Shooting all objects on the screen completes a level. Space Duel, Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe and Gravitar all used similar 5-button controlling system.

Screenshot of gameplay.

Legacy[edit]

Space Duel is included within the Atari Anthology for Windows, Xbox, and PlayStation 2 and the PlayStation version of Atari Anniversary Edition. A port of Space Duel was released on the Atari Flashback 2, reproducing only the single-player mode. Space Duel was made available on Microsoft's Game Room service for its Xbox 360 console and for Windows-based PCs in May 2010.

David Plummer holds the official world record for this game with a maximum 623,720 points.[1]

In popular culture[edit]

A Space Duel cabinet is featured on the album cover for The Who's It's Hard.

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