Paradroid 90 (Atari ST)

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Description

Paradroid 90 is a remake of the game Paradroid (released in 1985 for the Commodore 64) for slightly later systems.

A fleet of space freighters carry a cargo of battle and security robots to help in the defence of Basmyth. Alien ships were bombarding the freighters with disorienting beams which drove the robots crazy. The human officers were eliminated, leaving the ships open for occupation by alien forces. At this point the players mission starts...

You control a cybernetic influence device (ID) which has been teleported aboard the first freighter to eliminate all the droids and robots. Two ways are possible to clean the ship decks representing the action part and the more strategy part of the game: Shooting (action) to destroy the robots or connecting itself into an other robot's brain (strategy) and take temporarily control of it.

It's possible to play the game as a simple shoot-em-up game, but the main part of Paradroid 90 is the transfer game to take control of other droids.

Screenshots

Paradroid 90 Atari ST Ship data screen
Paradroid 90 Atari ST The droid library shows a messenger robot
Paradroid 90 Atari ST Transfer game won! Now you control an other droid.
Paradroid 90 Atari ST An onboard computer console with five options

Alternate Titles

  • "Paradroid 2000" -- Acorn Archimedes title

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Dec, 1990 93 out of 100 93
Power Play Dec, 1990 83 out of 100 83
ST Format Dec, 1990 78 out of 100 78
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1990 8.2 out of 12 68

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Trivia

Cancelled TurboGrafx version

A version for the TurboGrafx / PC Engine console was also in development. When Hewson went bankrupt NEC attempted to recall the development kit, believing that the game was being developed in-house. Graftgold attempted to receive clearance from Hewson to release the conversion independently of them, but this was not granted in time for the game to be released. Steve Turner commented years later that "Although I felt sorry for Hewson I was bitter that a simple letter may have let us get our reward for all the work we had done". On a similar note, in a 1992 interview with Amiga Power magazine, Graftgold's Andrew Braybrook declared that their "choice of publisher was a real duffer. We got terrible artwork, terrible publicity and no royalties".

Awards

  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (Issue #00) - #22 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"

wishbringer (5551) added Paradroid 90 (Atari ST) on Jun 23, 2003
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