Now You Can Play the Space Shooter Made by 12-Year-Old Elon Musk

By James O Malley on at

Back in 1984 when Elon Musk was 12, he apparently wrote a game and then sold it to PC and Office Technology magazine. As it was an era before even floppy disks, the most practical way for the magazine to distribute it was to print the source code, so that other nerds could painstakingly type it out on their own computers.

Fast-forward 31 years and one clever coder has recreated Blastar so that you can play it in your browser. According to The Verge Tomas Lloret Llinares, who works for Google did the hard work of porting it over.


It is perhaps fair to say that the game, which tasks the player with a mission to "destroy [the] alien freighter carrying deadly hydrogen bombs and status beam machines", isn't exactly groundbreaking, but it is fascinating to see an early glimpse into the life of someone who would be transformational figure in both the motor and space industries.

Surely now the time is right for billionaire Musk to use this Tesla, SpaceX and PayPal cash to invest in a full HD reboot of the title? [The Verge]