You control a spaceship (view from above) and you must destroy all the meteorites and other space objects that move around you. You use your laser guns and collision shields to accomplish each level. Each world is divided into 6 levels with different difficulty grades. At the end, you must confront a big mothership in order to fly to the next world. When travelling to the next world, the camera perspective changes and it takes you to a 3D-style shooter (you see the enemies coming from the background like in Space Harrier). The gameplay is very addictive, even if you are not a fan of the Asteroids series, since Stardust takes the series to a higher level. You must collect bonuses by shooting the enemies which will help you upgrade your weapons, gain energy and refuel your shields.
This game is very impressive, from the great introduction that looks like a Star Wars intro to the in-game action. Although there is no background scrolling, sprites are pre-rendered and move fast and smooth on screen. Each screen is superbly detailed, having several animated scenes too. The animation is perfect and the graphics feature a great variety of metalic colors. The sprites (from starships to moving rock pieces) are all pre-rendered and they move smoothly around you. I must also admit that the 3D perspective stages are way impressive too! Note that the Amiga version offers up to 32 colors on screen (the STE version uses up to 16) and although Amiga could easily use way more colors on screen (say an EHB-mode with 64 colors) still graphics look great.
The sound features sampled in-game techno music and sampled stereo FX (lasers, explosions, robotic voice that announces bonuses and more). The Amiga version has minor differences when compared to the STE, especially in the number of colors used.