Shack's Arcade Corner: Robotron: 2084

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This week on Shack's Arcade Corner we are taking a look at Robotron: 2084, the 1982 arcade classic. Developed by Vid Kids and published by Williams Electronics players had to kill waves of enemies and save humans. It was one of the first games to use twin-stick gameplay in the arcade, which was actually the result of one of the developers injuring his hand in a car accident. The arcade's board was pretty advanced for the time using a custom graphics coprocessor.

The cabinet came in three form factors: tabletop, arcade and the super rare cabaret versions. There were plans for a Robotron arcade seque, but the video game crash of the early 80's squashed any chance of that game seeing the light of day. Robotron: 2084 was ported to many home consoles and even saw a reimagining for N64 titled, Robotron 64. Please take a look at the video for more great information about one of our favorite twin-stick arcade games. 

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    August 16, 2017 4:20 PM

    Greg Burke posted a new article, Shack's Arcade Corner: Robotron: 2084

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      August 16, 2017 4:31 PM

      Now this is an arcade game!

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      August 16, 2017 4:48 PM

      Greg, facts checking you on in thing.

      I can think of at least three games before space dungeon up that used the dual stick setup. Gun fight, Boot Hill, and most notably, Crazy Climber. Probably more as well.

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        August 16, 2017 4:56 PM

        Ah! But tis why i said "One of the first" and Not "The First" *Wave finger

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          August 16, 2017 5:02 PM

          But you qualify that with "it was second after space dungeon" which leads the viewer to believe that it was second with space dungeon being the first.

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        August 16, 2017 5:45 PM

        But those game weren't true 8 way Dual controls. And although Crazy Climber did, have 8 way so it was the 3rd game to it. within a span of 2 years It was the game that popularized the control scheme.

        It was the Third Game to use controls after Space Dungeon, The 1st being Crazy Climber, then Space dungeon then Robotron 2084 oh well.

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          August 16, 2017 5:49 PM

          And technically it was a dual stick shooter like space dungeon, Crazy Climber wasn't a "shooter"

          So i guess you could say it was the Second Twin stick shooter from space dungeon.

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            August 16, 2017 7:25 PM

            Pedantic, but you just went there so i will respond

            You didn't say "8 way Dual controls" you said "Twin Stick Control Setup"

            Two more "twin stick" games before Robotron include the crappy Draco and Rock Climber.

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      August 16, 2017 4:58 PM

      My second favorite arcade game!

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        August 16, 2017 5:00 PM

        so... which one is your third?

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          August 16, 2017 5:30 PM

          Maaaaaaybe Smash TV? But that feels like a lame answer since it's so similar to Robotron so I'll say Donkey Kong

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      August 16, 2017 5:23 PM

      I would have liked a mention of the Brain Waves and Tank Waves that come predictably every 5 levels (starting at 5 and 7 respectively).
      Not to mention ARMAGEDDON (Grunt waves every #9 wave).

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        August 16, 2017 5:27 PM

        agreed, was surprised when the brain waves were not mentioned.

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      August 16, 2017 6:00 PM

      cant mention robotron with bring up freeze pop (i suppose you can)

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