Complete and utter videogame mayhem.
When Robotron: 2084 hit arcades in 1982, it brought with it a virtual assault on the eyes and ears. Compare its gameplay to previous titles like Space Invaders and Pac-Man or even its contemporaries, like Donkey Kong and Q*bert, and it’s easy to see why Robotron: 2084 was such an instant hit.
With more hyperkinetic mayhem than a Japanese game show, it burst on the scene with a ton of hype… and the graphics to back it up.
Dozens of bad guys are on the screen when you start (Grunts, Hulks, and Brains among them) and you’re running around like a looney tune trying to shoot them all while at the same time rescuing the last human family on Earth.
And then there was that one thing that set Robotron: 2084 even further apart from its competition. We, of course, all knew and loved the joystick… but with this little bit of awesomeness, you got two.
That’s right, no fire button… one joystick to move you around, the other to fire your super-handy laser blaster.
See? Complete craziness.
The mayhem wasn’t for the faint of heart, but if you had the lightning-fast reflexes and think-way-ahead strategy it required, Robotron: 2084 was one game that we bet you’ve never forgotten, even thirty years later.
Plus, in 1989 it got perhaps the ultimate endorsement… a shout-out from the Beastie Boys in their tune “The Sounds of Science”:
“Ponce De Leon constantly on / the fountain of youth not Robotron…”
We ♥ Robotron: 2084.