problem with trying to navigate a 3D asteroids field is that you
need to be able to see and dodge asteroids from all directions.
is not possible in a standard one-view mode:
Any asteroids coming in from over or under, to any side, or behind
the ship cannot be seen until the last moment.
solve this, 3D Asteroids uses an unique 6 view split mode, so
asteroids can be seen coming in from all directions :
this may seem complicated at first, with practice is proves to
be a unique gameplay experience.
are two main aids to help viewing these 6 views at the same time:
red X stays constantly in the main Front view, and shows
where the closest asteroid to your ship is.
Keeping an eye on this at all times will direct your eye
to the appropriate view needed to see and avoid the asteroid.
the example above, the nearest rock is over the ship, and
the red X tells us to look to the Above view.
As an asteroid approaches your ship, you can hear what
direction it is coming from due to the 3D sound effects
in the game.
it is even possible to jerk your ship out of the path
of an incoming asteroid, without ever seeing it at all