Sunday, May 09, 2004
A while back I became addicted to Robotron. Unfortunately, part of Robotron's charm is it's unusual control system. It has two joysticks: one for movement, and the other for firing. This means that it's hard/impossible to play on a PC. For example, try and play this Shockwave port of Robotron. It's a very good port software wise (it's pretty amazing that Shockwave can faithfully replicate an 80's arcade machine), but it's very hard to actually play because Robotron just doesn't work with a keyboard.
Finally, I have found Robotron Nirvana. Midway Arcade Treasures for the PlayStation 2 includes an excellent port of Robotron. Not only that, but the PS/2's "Dual Shock 2" controller has two joysticks. Now, admittedly, the dual shock's joysticks aren't quite the same as arcade joysticks, but they still work well for Robotron. 23 other 80's classics are included on the disc as well, for those times when you need a little break from Robotron... ;-)
I just have to be careful about carpal tunnel