American arcade flyer for Space Duel
|Designer(s)||Rick Maurer, Owen Rubin, Steve Calfee, Dave Sheppard|
|Sound||POKEY x 2|
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.
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.
In popular culture 
- Space Duel at the Killer List of Videogames
- Space Duel at the Arcade History database
- Owen Rubin's (the creator's) home page
- Space Duel guide at StrategyWiki
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