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8-Player Asteroids Uses 1st-Person, Adhoc

Here's an awesome way to play the old-school shooter Asteroids: by supporting up to eight players using Android phones as adhoc controllers. Players connect to a server and play the game via a first-person perspective--a monitor, TV or other device connected to the server shows the game in its original black/white 2D format, however all eight gamers are seen on-screen shooting asteroids and each other.

"The phones have a general purpose LANPad application on them that connects to the host and receives a 'surface' SWF," explained the project's designer, Grant Skinner. "This SWF dictates the mobile interaction, including sending and receiving data from the host, displaying a first person view on the game, and playing sounds that are specific to the player."

In the Vimeo video shown here, the android app provides a thrust button on the left and a shield button on the right. At the top of the screen, the app displays the player's current score and health status. While maneuvering through space in a first-perspective, players can also look up at the server's display to navigate through the asteroid field from a top-down perspective.

"This [project] has lead to the development of what I feel is a strong framework for creating public installations and experiences that will allow smart phone users (on multiple platforms) to connect in an adhoc fashion," Skinner said.

To see this multiplayer version of Asteroids in action, check out the video here.

  • Pyroflea
    Makes me want an Android phone. This technology has the potential to make some very cool stuff. I like that you're able to host your own servers :)
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  • halls
    Ok...
    That's awesome.
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  • Kelavarus
    Not quite what I thought it would be, but awesome nonetheless. I was thinking first-person to mean that it would be asteroids, but look and play similar to X3: Reunion or something, with the Android phones as controllers.
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  • razercultmember1
    100 people counterstrike lan party in the subway while waiting to go to work anyone?
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  • jdragyn
    That's pretty cool
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  • Assmar
    If I'm playing the role of the Pink Arrow then wouldn't that be 3rd person?
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  • anamaniac
    That... is... AWESOME!
    I think this rapes most iPhone games out there.
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  • Assmar
    anamaniacThat... is... AWESOME!I think this rapes most iPhone games out there.Really dude? You're just going to throw around that word as if it doesn't mean anything? What an awful subject to breech so casually, without thought for the people such horrors affect; families destroyed, lives stripped of all meaning. That's not an "iPhone" game, it's Android! You disgust me.
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  • andyviant
    assmarReally dude? You're just going to throw around that word as if it doesn't mean anything? What an awful subject to breech so casually, without thought for the people such horrors affect; families destroyed, lives stripped of all meaning. That's not an "iPhone" game, it's Android! You disgust me.I see what you did there... damn iPhonists always breaking in and taking my daughters Virgin mobile pre-paid phones.
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