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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.

Screenshots

Paradroid Commodore 64 Level cleared of hostile robots (Heavy Metal Edition)
Paradroid Commodore 64 Game over
Paradroid Commodore 64 Beginning a new game
Paradroid Commodore 64 Roaming about as the 296 Servant Robot (Heavy Metal Edition)

Promo Images

Paradroid Concept Art "AB.s original thoughts for Paradroid. The idea is all there at outset."
Paradroid Logo "Heres what started the bas relief design."
Paradroid Concept Art "AB.s original thoughts for Paradroid. The idea is all there at outset."

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

Your Computer Commodore 64 Nov, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 93 out of 100 93
Info Commodore 64 Dec, 1985 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Commodore User Commodore 64 Apr, 1989 89 out of 100 89
Retrogaming History Commodore 64 Nov 27, 2009 8.5 out of 10 85
Commodore User Commodore 64 Nov, 1985 21 out of 25 84
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Dec, 1988 9.2 out of 12 77
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Apr, 1986 7.5 out of 10 75
Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Nov, 1985 14 out of 20 70
Your Commodore Commodore 64 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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