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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 vector game by Atari. When Asteroids Deluxe did not sell well, this game was taken off the shelf and released to moderate success.[citation needed]

Space Duel
Space duel flyer.png
American arcade flyer
Developer(s)Atari Inc.
Publisher(s)Atari Inc.
Designer(s)Rick Maurer
Owen Rubin
Steve Calfee
Dave Sheppard
Genre(s)Multidirectional shooter
CabinetStandard, cocktail
CPU1 × 6502 @ 1.512 MHz[1]
Sound2 × POKEY @ 1.512 MHz[1]
DisplayColor vector


Gameplay screenshot

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 use similar 5-button control 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.

A Space Duel cabinet is featured on the cover for The Who's 1982 album It's Hard.

David Plummer holds the official world record for this game with a maximum 623,720 points.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Space Duel". Arcade History.
  2. ^ Space Duel entry at Twin Galaxies

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