Astro Fighter was released in October 1979. This is the first game manufactured by Data East.
Astro Fighter came as a result of a merging of ideas between Sega and Data East. Unfortunately, this game wasn't well received and didn't sell many units. Sega would improve on the overall design and release "Astro Blaster
", which was a superior game in every way to this one. Astro Fighter, though, was still a challenging game and a definite departure from the standard 'shoot'em up' type of space games, it just never caught on.
David Nelson of Derry, New Hampshire, holds the official record for this game with 37150 points on May 31, 2008.
An Astro Fighter unit appears in the 1982 movie 'Rocky III'.
Astro Fighter [Cocktail model]
Astro Fighter [Slimline model]
Known licensed/Export releases:
Astro Fighter [Upright model] (Gremlin/Sega)
Astro Fighter [Slimline model] (Gremlin/Sega)
Astro Fighter [Upright model] (Taito)
Astro Fighter [Cocktail model] (Taito)
Astro Fire (René Pierre)
Astro Fighter (Sonic)
Super Star Battle (SG)