Star Raiders was the first in-depth video game I ever played...and I originally played it on my 5200 during my childhood years. I still remember Mom taking me to an audio store that some how got some 5200 games in and was allowed to pick one. There was at least seven or eight games I didn't have on a shelf and went straight to Star Raiders because the box art looked interesting. I looked at the back screenshot and said, "This one." Mom asked, "Are you sure?" and looked at the box. "Yes" I said and it came home with me. I spent a good week reading the manual and learning how to play the game. Often times I would just fly around aimlessly because I liked how the ship moved in conjunction with the joystick. Those analog controls allowed for some precise movement of your spaceship...what you can see of it. Once I dug into the heart of the game it quickly became a favorite. Just like my 5200 it is my all-time favorite game above all others. And I have lots of favorites but this one ... this one ... is my most played game out of a collection of almost 500 games which half of that is physical games...the rest are digital downloads.
You have a neat piece of history there, Lance. Try it again and be sure to use a keypad overlay to help you see what button does what because that game there really makes you do the keypad dance. Turn on your shields and computer then hit the Galactic Map to find your enemies. Move your pointer to a section with enemies and then press the Hyperspace key. Then get ready to battle!
The creator of the unreleased Star Raiders II actually made an interesting note about the original Star Raiders saying that the player was their own enemy in the game. The game's logic has a small invisible "box" that is part of a collision detection routine. If the player is in that "box" when an enemy shoots then the player will get hit. I never knew of this until recently but the more I played the game after the more that "box" became present. And to get the best shot in the game you have to aim at the enemy just right (the computer radar on the right-side of the screen will show double-dashes on all four sides) which is also inside that "box". Interesting, huh?
What you shot down a couple of times, Lance, were asteroids...while they are part of the game they are not a part of the player's goal. However, that is how I warmed up to the controls and learned to aim my shots so practice on those asteroids when you see them.