Monday, December 28, 2009

Retro Game of the Day! Robotron:2084

Retro Game of the Day! Robotron:2084

Yep, today is Robotron:2084 by Vid Kids (aka Eugene Jarvis), published by Williams - arcade release in 1982.

So, this is one of the comes-around/goes-around classics of all videogamedom, I would assume that there aren't many people out there who've still not heard of Robotron but then again - what I don't know often surprises me.

"Save the last human family" - you are a warrior tasked with destroying wave after wave of robot enemies, and protecting/preserving the remaining humans in each level before they are destroyed by the same (killed, or turned into murderous mutants themselves). Each level is a single screen of nonstop mayhem, passed only when the last opponent has been eradicated.

The game utilized a revolutionary control layout - two 8-way joysticks, the left controlling movement and the right controlling aiming for your unlimited firepower. Few (if any) games have since made such a notable, yet simple, modification to a control scheme and been so noteworthy just in that fact.

Robotron is an extremely simple game on paper, in execution it is quite complicated and requires a combination of strict attention to the onscreen action, hyper-charged reflexes, and deft hand-eye coordination to pull off split-second movements in order to avoid death.

This is a game that chews players up and spits them out - a small, but devoted, fanbase still proclaims that this is one of the true "videogame tests of champions." I find it hard to disagree!

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  1. I'm not so sure the fan-base is all that small, at least among game developers.

  2. Well you know, all things being relative (compared to, say... GTA, COD, Zelda, or Halo fanbase of course..)

  3. Try KillaTron 2112 for a Robtron clone on Iphone App store. Also for Ipad and Ipod touch.