Paradroid (Commodore 64)

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Description

Paradroid is a top view shoot-em-up set aboard eight large space freighters filled with droids. After going through a storm in space, the rays affected the droids and they malfunctioned and killed the crew.

You now have to destroy all the droids on the fleet of eight ships. You control an "Influence Device" which can temporarily control other droids and use their weapons to destroy the others. When your power is low or your damage is high, you will need to transfer to another droid or risk losing your Influence Device.

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Paradroid Commodore 64 The "Influence Device"
Paradroid Commodore 64 A game in progress
Paradroid Commodore 64 Mission briefing
Paradroid Commodore 64 Attempting to transfer control to a different robot

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Alternate Titles

  • "Heavy Metal Paradroid" -- Re-release title

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User Reviews

Transfer away, friend *Katakis* (38202) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars

Critic Reviews

Your Computer Nov, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Happy Computer 1986 93 out of 100 93
Info Dec, 1985 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Commodore User Apr, 1989 89 out of 100 89
Power Play May, 1989 85 out of 100 85
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Nov, 1985 33 out of 40 82
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1988 9.2 out of 12 77
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1986 7.5 out of 10 75
Computer Gamer Nov, 1985 14 out of 20 70
Your Commodore Dec, 1985 26 out of 40 65

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Commodore 64 version of Paradroid appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Heavy Metal Paradroid and Competition Edition

For the budget re-release Heavy Metal Paradroid, the playing speed was increased and the scenery slightly darker. According to Braybrook, it was "Paradroid with Morpheus style graphics. The Competition Edition, which utilizes the same faster routines, but retains the original graphics look was released as part of a compilation with Uridium +.

Title

According to Andrew Braybrook, the game's name is "a play on "PARAnoid anDROID" – everyone's out to get you."

Awards

  • Commodore Force
    • December 1993 (Issue 13) – #92 “Readers' Top 100”
  • Commodore Format
    • April 1991 (Issue 7) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
    • January 1992 (Issue 16) - Cf's all time Top Ten Essential Mega Games
    • November 1994 (Issue 50) – #15 The All-Time Top 50 C64 Games
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 03/2013 – One of the "Ten Best C64 Games“
  • Happy Computer
    • 1986 - Runner-up as Action Game of the Year
    • Issue 04/1987 - #9 Best Game in 1986 (Readers' Vote)
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #23 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
  • Zzap!
    • January 1990 (Issue 57) – 'The Best Games of the 80's Decade' (Stuart Wynne / Robin Hogg / Phil King)

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