We like the colorful graphics and atmospheric background music of this freeware space shooter, though its feature set is a bit slim. The Eastern-themed Astariel plays like the classic arcade titles Galaga and Gyruss. As in those games, the object is to blast waves of enemy ships and collect power-ups. Using the keyboard or mouse, you move your spacecraft, fire your cannon, and turn your shield on and off. It's all very straightforward, though you'll have to read the help files if you want to figure out how to access the customization options (such as the ability to play along to your own MP3s). The game's graphics and soundtrack are both quite polished for a freebie, and the dual-player mode is a nice touch. Astariel may not reach gaming Nirvana, but it ought to please arcade fans nonetheless.
What's new in version 3.1.1
ReleaseNovember 7, 2008
Date AddedAugust 29, 2006
Operating SystemsWindows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Can you reach Astariel? Astariel is a fun retro arcade game requiring quick decisions and even faster reflexes. Blast your way through hordes of colourful and frenetic alien attack waves in a battle to reach your home world Astariel. Astariel features a beautiful 3d lighting and an exciting 2-player mode using Mouse-Party technology. Version 3.1.1 Storm mode introduced for bullet-storm fans. Boss now guards Astariel. Player life/ammo readout introduced. Many small gameplay balance fixes.