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Based on the 1987 movie of the same name, Patrolman Alex Murphy was killed on the streets of Detroit. The major corporation there, Omni Consumer Products (OCP) saw an opportunity to sell a new kind of law enforcement officer to the troubled city. They took what was left of Murphy, encased it in titanium armor, wiped his memory and created RoboCop. Now it's up to RoboCop to clean the streets of Detroit and eliminate the one responsible for his murder, Clarence Boddicker. But it looks like Clarence might not be the kingpin of this town...

Ocean's version of RoboCop for 8-bit machines loosely adapts the Data East arcade game, with stages inspired by those from the coin-op, but also entirely new gameplay elements.

In most levels, RoboCop walks from left to right, shooting his gun at hordes of enemies that intend to kill him with bullets, chainsaws or their fists. Stages include the streets of Detroit (in two parts, based on the first level of the arcade), a drug factory (based on the fourth arcade level), and a junkyard (based on the third coin-op stage). Gun power-ups to collect include a rapid fire model, a three-way shot and a powerful flame cannon. Two levels end with boss fights against RoboCop's chief adversary ED-209. For some reason, ED is impervious to bullets and must be defeated using Robo's fists alone.

New challenges from the arcade include hostage scenarios: in these, seen from a first-person perspective, a criminal holds an innocent person. Moving crosshairs and firing precisely, RoboCop must take care to shoot only the criminal, not the civilian.

Another new game element requires some quick thinking: in a puzzle mode, a composite sketch of a suspect is presented and must be matched by choosing the correct parts (hair, chin, eyes, etc.) of the face within a tight time limit.

Screenshots

RoboCop Amstrad CPC Try to hit the perp without hitting the hostage
RoboCop Amstrad CPC Mission 1
RoboCop Amstrad CPC Lots of nasties waving with their guns
RoboCop Amstrad CPC Watch out above you, Robocop!

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Alternate Titles

  • "Robocop: The Future of Law Enforcement" -- Title Screen
  • "ロボコップ" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Apr, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Power Play Mar, 1989 74 out of 100 74
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1989 7.75 out of 12 65

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Trivia

The two different RoboCop games for DOS

Ocean Software actually produced two different RoboCop games for DOS. One shows EGA graphics, credits Data East and Ocean and is very similar to the coin op. The second one has CGA graphics, gives credit to Astros Productions and Ocean Software and follows the same layout as the 8 bit computers versions. The Game Boy version is also very similar to this second version, although with some improvements, such as unlimite ammo and the ability to jump.

Ariston commercial

Interestingly enough, the game's title theme (Game Boy version) was used in a British commercial for Ariston home appliances in the early 90's.

Awards

  • Computer and Video Games
    • Issue 06/1989 - Runner-up Golden Joystick Award 1989 for Best 8-Bit Soundtrack (reader's vote)

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Martin Smith (62888) added RoboCop (Amstrad CPC) on Aug 29, 2005
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