asteroid BBQ screen

Fire up the afterburners and soar into space to battle an onslaught of asteroids spawned from menacing portals. Use your cunning skills to dodge and destroy asteroids and deadly mines that track your every movement. Protect mankind from a threat that could be more then just a cosmic eruption!

That just about sums up Asteroid BBQ [App Store], which was released by Bad Doxie Games in late June, but managed to slip through the cracks here at Touch Arcade.

Asteroid BBQ, an enjoyable game with a silly name, brings a fairly unique take on the age-old Asteroids formula to the iPhone.  There's your ship and there are asteroids -- true -- but, in a notable twist, glowing portals fade in and out of the playfield, as the author describes, and issue forth asteroids as well as homing mines.  Destroying the latter occasionally releases power-ups that can be gathered for multi-shots, faster lasers, etc.  The portals have a tendency to appear directly under your ship, which can lead to unfortunate results when they start spewing asteroids, if you're not quick on the thrusters....

The game offers the option of either tilt or touch directional controls, the latter bringing up a semi-translucent control wheel wherever a touch takes place.  Lasers are on autofire, and thrust is controlled via touch.  Both control methods are responsive and work well.

Asteroid BBQ is a great looking game that delivers solid action, with a pace that starts out slow, but quickly turns downright frantic.  And right now there's no excuse to pass this one by as, for a limited time in celebration of an update just submitted to the App Store, Asteroid BBQ is a free download [link].

The update, which will appear shortly, includes:

  • Larger playing area (twice as big!)
  • Enemy ships that track your every movement
  • Green asteroids that evade your gun fire
  • Shockwave attack that wipes out all enemies on screen
  • Achievements
  • Online leaderboards
  • Upgraded graphics including new ship and lighting effects
  • Improved controls

See Bad Doxie's trailer video for a closer look.

[ Full HD version | Low Bandwidth version ]

App Store Link: Asteroid BBQ, Free (limited time)

TouchArcade Rating

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    My only grip with this game is the use of the boring old Fixedsys font for score and messages! :-)

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    My only grip with this game is the use of the boring old Fixedsys font for score and messages! :-)

  • Icy_fighter

    Whoa, looks like Asteroids gameplay meets Sentinel graphics.

    I really like the music too.

  • Icy_fighter

    Whoa, looks like Asteroids gameplay meets Sentinel graphics.

    I really like the music too.

  • Lord Gek

    Yes! It IS a great game but could always use MORE STUFF!

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      Update on the way.

      • Lord Gek

        Yeah, that was my point. The extra stuff will be appreciated.

  • Lord Gek

    Yes! It IS a great game but could always use MORE STUFF!

    • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

      Update on the way.

      • Lord Gek

        Yeah, that was my point. The extra stuff will be appreciated.

  • benjamin

    this game kicks ass.i bet that if it reaches like the top then free spot and then charge 99 cents for it,the crowd will go wild.this is the best free app i know of.thanks you verry much.this game has a big chance to become a bestseller.

  • benjamin

    this game kicks ass.i bet that if it reaches like the top then free spot and then charge 99 cents for it,the crowd will go wild.this is the best free app i know of.thanks you verry much.this game has a big chance to become a bestseller.

  • jeffyg3

    Meh, it's an ok game, nothing great about it.

  • jeffyg3

    Meh, it's an ok game, nothing great about it.

  • Tom

    I like the game, but I hate the left control stick. Minigore controls are SO much better

    • Matt

      Whatever finger you touch the screen with first controls the ship. So if you are left or right handed it doesn't matter. Very cool!

  • Tom

    I like the game, but I hate the left control stick. Minigore controls are SO much better

    • Matt

      Whatever finger you touch the screen with first controls the ship. So if you are left or right handed it doesn't matter. Very cool!

  • http://jespersunivers.dk/ Plast2

    Hard to fathom, that this game is actually free. - Albeit for a limited time. Like already mentioned, the only thing seemingly wrong with the game (for me) is the one that practically jumps you. The font for scores - the crudeness of it compared to the slick graphics of the game. It's a real shame, and one that should be corrected.

    But seriously an enjoyable game, nice work ppl. - And I'm certainly going to enjoy that update. - I'm sure? ;)

  • http://jespersunivers.dk/ Plast2

    Hard to fathom, that this game is actually free. - Albeit for a limited time. Like already mentioned, the only thing seemingly wrong with the game (for me) is the one that practically jumps you. The font for scores - the crudeness of it compared to the slick graphics of the game. It's a real shame, and one that should be corrected.

    But seriously an enjoyable game, nice work ppl. - And I'm certainly going to enjoy that update. - I'm sure? ;)

  • BadDoxieGames

    The font issue has been corrected along with the addition of several new features. We've taken into account just about all the issues members at TouchArcade brought up and tried to refine the game further. Hopefully the update meets everyone's expectations!

    Thanks for the front page scoop!

  • BadDoxieGames

    The font issue has been corrected along with the addition of several new features. We've taken into account just about all the issues members at TouchArcade brought up and tried to refine the game further. Hopefully the update meets everyone's expectations!

    Thanks for the front page scoop!

  • asolja

    Anyone know the name of the music on this demo ?

  • asolja

    Anyone know the name of the music on this demo ?

  • Joe

    If you go to the YouTube link you'll see the song is "Breath Machine".

  • Joe

    If you go to the YouTube link you'll see the song is "Breath Machine".

  • Joe

    Followup: Dreamscape, 009 Sound Systems

  • Joe

    Followup: Dreamscape, 009 Sound Systems

  • asolja

    Thanks Joe for the info

  • asolja

    Thanks Joe for the info

  • http://www.teki.org buartieo

    hi haplles

  • http://www.teki.org buartieo

    hi haplles