Sunday, May 09, 2004

Robotron Nirvana

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... ;-)

posted Sunday, May 09, 2004
Are you talking about the red banner with the gears? It's still there, only it's kind of blue/purple now.  
  Blogger Laurence on May 14, 2004
well actually i've been playing for a while now and while I used to get very, very high scores, I've gotten about wave 36 and have cleared a million!

I just have to be careful about carpal tunnel  
  Anonymous Anonymous on October 31, 2006