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Williams Robotron 2084 -Atari Lynx
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Title: Robotron 2084
Manufacturer: Williams
Platform: Atari Lynx
Release Date: 1991
Part #: PT5003
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
ESRB Rating: N/A

Rating: Williams Robotron 2084 Classic Retro Video Game Review Rating
Williams Robotron 2084 Screenshot:
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Robotron 2084 is a brilliant game. It's fast, frantic and won't let you look away for a split second. In arcades, Robotron took a novel approach to control. You had two joysticks - one for movement, the other for firing. It was released for a wide variety of home consoles, the Atari Lynx included, which led many of us to really appreciate it's controls.

We've reviewed Robotron 2084 on other platforms, so we'll forgo the usual story lines and focus on how it plays on the Lynx.

Robotron was really all about the controls. The Atari 5200 port came with a conjoiner to simulate the dual arcade joysticks with the 5200 joysticks. this was one of the best control scenarios of Robotron 2084 on a home system. The Lynx simply doesn't have enough control options to replicate those dual arcade sticks.

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Robotron was inspired by Stern's arcade game Berzerk and the Commodore PET computer game Chase. The initial Robotron concept
involved a character that tried to get robots to colide with other objects, but it was deemed too boring so shooting was added to provide more interest.

Where some systems would adopt the best scenario and deliver it as "best case", the Lynx version offered 3 control options for firing. The d-pad was used to control movement and you had 3 choices as to how firing integrated with your movements. None were as fluid as the dual joysticks.

You begin center-screen with 3 lives and can gain extra lives every 25,000 points. The game play can be a bit frustrating when it comes to shooting, but all the elements of the original are here. The screen may constrict the number of foes on the screen, but the claustrophobic feeling is nicely retained.

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The action is nice & fast and the graphics are well detailed. I want to like this game a lot more than the score alone shows. It's just that the controls are inadequate to replicate the best of what Robotron offers on other platforms.

Had this been my first exposure to the game, I would likely take advantage of what it offers and love it. However, having been spoiled by amazing control schemes, I've seen what Robotron can deliver. The Lynx version doesn't deliver that same manic experience. It's still a good game on the Lynx, but we all know what it could be...

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Final Judgement:

Williams Robotron 2084

is a fun game on the lynx albeit a little frustrating when it comes to shooting robots. However, the manic excitement of the arcade game and console ports with similar control options offer superior game play.

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