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Rise of the Robots

User Reviews

The worst fighting game ever on the PC. Avoid at all costs. DOS Spartan_234 (422)
Urgh DOS Ashley Pomeroy (233)
A perfect example of "All flash, and no substance". SNES JohnLennon224 (16)
Rubbish in every way but one Amiga Martin Smith (76)
And all this time I kept thinking there was worse! DOS Satoshi Kunsai (1816)
Probably the worst fighting game EVER in the history of gaming. DOS Tomer Gabel (4388)
Looks can be decieving SNES ThE oNe (178)
I wanted to like it... but It was just too bad... DOS Yeah No (22)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
3DO 3 1.1
Amiga 14 1.8
Amiga CD32 3 1.2
CD-i 2 1.9
DOS 33 2.2
Game Gear 7 2.0
Genesis 9 2.3
SNES 12 1.8
Combined MobyScore 83 2.0


The Press Says

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91
AmigaAmiga Joker
Weil wir diesem innovativen Produkt gegenüber fair sein wollten, bezieht sich unsere Wertung auf die erwähnte Top-Ausstattung, trotzdem dürfen auch Amigos mit weniger PS unter der Haube relativ bedenkenlos zuschlagen. Immerhin birgt Rise of the Robots schon aufgrund der gewaltigen Präsentation mehr Spaß als jede andere Amiga-Keilerei; daß das Prügelgenre nicht unbedingt neu definiert wird, ist dabei nebensächlich: Mirage hat Standards gesetzt, die so bald keiner übertreffen wird!
90
DOSMikroBitti
Mutta onko peli kohun arvoinen? Graafisesti ja tunnelmaltaan RotR on huippua ja myös kontrollit ovat tunnokkaat sekä nopeat. Spritet liikehtivät kauniisti sekä liukkaasti ja peli on kauniisti esillepantu. PC:n omistajalle ei parempaa mätkintäpeliä markkinoilta löydy!
90
DOSComing Soon Magazine
As the title indicates,"Rise of the Robots" brings us into an ultra-modern futuristic world where sophisticated technology has permitted man to create all sorts of robots to do the most difficult of tasks. Evidently these robots are, above all, submitted to man and must remain servants to society.
87
Amiga CD32Amiga Joker
Sicher, die Power-Präsentation mit den gerenderten Kämpfern macht die Schlacht erneut zum Hochgenuß – aber wir hätten mit der CD halt gerne noch ein Stückchen höher gewollt...
83
DOSASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Die Backgroundstory ist zwar nicht so prall (hier geht’s ja auch in erster Linie ums Draufhauen, aber die Grafik ist erste Sahne), und die Spieler bewegen sich ziemlich ruckelfrei und fließend. Als erstes Martial-Arts-Spiel in Super-VGA gefällt es mir gut.
81
Amiga CD32CU Amiga
Looks great, loads fast, but no awards today.
81
AmigaCU Amiga
Science fiction writers have made a big thing about how controlled and sterile things would become if machines took over the world and Rise Of The Robots almost proves this. Yes it's better than the average beat 'em up title but just doesn't match the best.
76
DOSPower Unlimited
De mooiste graphics worden hier gecombineerd met een vechtstijl die overbekend is van alle andere beat 'em ups. Knokliefhebbers zullen daarom snel uitgekeken zijn op deze Robots. Bij Mirage weten ze hoe ze bloedmooie graphics kunnen maken. Nu moet iemand ze nog iets leren over gameplay.
60
SNESVideo Games & Computer Entertainment
You'll enjoy the music too. You'll hear everything from industrial to techno to French pop influences. At the very least, you'll want to rent this one.
60
DOSWorld Village (Gamer's Zone)
Now the bad news. Despite all the points this games wins in the graphic department, this games comes along as a disappointment. It seemed the makers did not put as much effort in other areas as it did the in the graphics. After the "golly gee wow" factor of the graphics dissipates, the games loses that particular aspect that makes the player want to come back for more.
59
Amiga CD32The One
I tried hard to like Rise of the Robots because it does look so damn good, but although I did derive some fun out of it, it was short-lived. If you're really gagging for a beat 'em up go for Mortal Kombat II instead - it has more characters, more moves more lastability and tons more fun.
50
Amiga CD32Joystick (French)
Rise of the Robots est assez sympa, mais qualitativement, il reste loin d'Ultimate Body Blows sur CD32 !
50
Game GearVideo Games & Computer Entertainment
Rise of the Robots for the 16-bit systems was kind of a disappointment, so it's not surprising to find out that the Game Gear version is so-so. You are an android whose missions is to fight against renegade robots. Basic fighting game structure here, but with special moves that are way too hard to execute; you'll find yourself kicking and punching repeatedly once you corner an opponent. The graphics are above average for the Game Gear and the design of the opponents is top-notch. If only there was gameplay to back it up. This one's for hardcore robot groupies only.
50
AmigaAmiga Computing
While on the surface everything looks the business, the playability is definitely not up to the same standard. it's not entirely bad by any means, but when you've played Mortal Kombat 2 only minutes before, you really do feel like something is missing from Rise.
50
DOSPC Games (Germany)
Um für frischen Wind im festgefahrenen Genre der Prügelspiele zu sorgen, ersetzte der englische Hersteller Mirage fernöstliche Kampfsportakrobaten durch scheppernde Blechkrieger.
48
CD-iJoystick (French)
Un jeu techniquement correct mais à la jouabilité médiocre.
47
AmigaAmiga Games
Hilfe! Rise of the Robots ist kein Beat 'em Up, sondern nur ein wunderschönes Grafikdemo! Mit mickrigen Standardschlägen und den äußerst stupiden Taktiken der Blechdosen jagt man jeden Beat 'em Up-Fan davon.
46
SNESGame Players
As a game that was originally designed for PC, Rise of the Robots offers impressive graphics and a solid soundtrack. But the old phrase 'never judge a book by it's cover applies here, since there is not much beyond visual appeal to hold your interest.
44
DOSPower Play
Unter all dem Hochglanz- und Super-VGA-Schnickschnack verbirgt sich ein uninspiriertes Prügelspiel, das spielerisch von jedem Street Fighter oder Mortal Kombat-Kämpfer in die Ringecke gedrängt wird und vom Spielwitz sogar 8-Bit-Oldies wie Way of the Exploding Fist und IK+ nicht die Ölflasche reichen kann. Sicher, die 3D-Studio-Super-VGA-Grafiken sind extrem beeindruckend und der Soundtrack stammt von Queen-Überbleibsel Brian May – aber die Prügelei an sich ist so stupide wie die 08/15-Roboter-rebellieren-gegen-die-Menschheit-Hintergrundgeschichte.
44
SNESElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
Rise of the Robots suffers from poor control and few special moves. The graphics are very good, but the lack of variety hampers the overall effect. Cool looking fighters and a good idea, but it just doesn't work.
43
3DOGameFan Magazine
This very well may be the worst fighting game I've ever played in my entire life, despite all it's fancy, shiny SGI-ness. With choppy animation, incredibly shallow, painful and lame two-button gameplay, zero scrolls or even stages that move for that matter, Rise of the Robots is one to avoid...especially with such power-games like Tekken, Tohshinden and Virtua on the way.
40
DOSComputer Gaming World (CGW)
I really want to like RISE OF THE ROBOTS, despite its flaws. With its graphics it could have easily become the kind of game that rivals other games in its class. But there are just too many limiting aspects to this game for it to hold gamer's attention for very long, the saving grace being the two-player mode (but that, of course, requiring a friend willing to play). Although RISE OF THE ROBOTS is gorgeous, very gorgeous, it doesn't have quite the riveting arcade action needed to stand in the same ring as others in the genre.
40
CD-iThe CD-i Collective
To sum it up, its an attempt at a fighter for CD-i. Not the best effort, but seeing what became of all the other versions of this title, it's not the worst of the lot. If the control weren't so bad, the rest might make an occasionally playable game.
40
DOSHigh Score
De naturligt mänskliga rörelserna hos cyborgen är mycket bra och robotarnas rörelsemönster känns mekaniskt väldigt realistiskt, med lämpliga ackompanjerande plåtljud med mycket eko. Man tröttnar väldigt fort.
40
Game GearGamePro (US)
ROTR may keep you satisfied if you don't own any other games and you're into extremely basic video fighting. The bad control, weak gameplay and choppy animation infest this cart from start to finish. Robot's more than a little rusty.
40
Game GearGame Players
This is probably one of the more disappointing titles of the last year. After being hyped to the skies, mostly for it's rendered look, the final game falls short in lot's of different categories, including animation and control.
40
SNESAll Game Guide
Although Rise of the Robots is not as bad as Shaq-Fu, it is one of the most boring 16-bit fighting games. It's a shame that the creators, who went to so much obvious effort with presentation, character graphics, and other surface qualities, couldn't design an exciting fighting game. Despite the nicely rendered cyborg and the highly detailed robots, this game is barely worth a rental.
35
SNESTotal! (Germany)
Eine schöne Idee verblaßt leider durch mißlungene Spielbarkeit. Der Hauptakteur fällt durch wenige Animationsphasen negativ auf, und die kargen Modi, die beschränkte Auswahl der Figuren und die ... sagen wir ‚sehr gewöhnungsbedürftige‘ Steuerung trübt den optischen und musikalischen Genuß. Von einem 32MBit-Game hoben wir mehr erwartet. Spielt es Probe, und verschafft Euch selbst einen Eindruck, unserer ist jedenfalls nicht der beste!
35
3DOElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
This is by far the worst fighting game I've ever seen. It dwells too much on cinemas and it's (supposed) eye-popping graphics. The game play is almost non-existent. The few moves are near-impossible to do. In this game, trying to do a normal punch is on par to a special move. The animation really lacks and it's just plain boring to watch. Rise of the Robots is a game that is just not fun to play. I don't like ripping on games, but ones as poor as this deserve it.
32
DOSPC Player (Germany)
Örks, da hat mal wieder jemand zu lange mit „3D-Studio“ rumgefummelt und dabei das Spieldesign vergessen. Die Grafiken von Rise of the Robots sind mit Abstand die besten aller Prügelprogramme; auch der Soundtrack von Brian May ist erste Sahne. Doch das Spiel selbst kann man getrost vergessen. Die Steuerung ist nervig ungenau, der Cyborg zu faul, sich schnell zu bewegen und die Stärke der Gegner einfach unfair.
30
CD-iPower Unlimited
Op de PC en de Super Nintendo was Rise of the Robots wellicht enigszins speelbaar, maar op de CD-i is dat allerminst het geval. Daar is het vooral zware, hele zware (maar wel prachtig vormgeven) shit. Wat is het toch traag en actieloos!
30
3DOGamePro (US)
You'd have more fun if you bought two electric can openers and smashed them together until only one works.
30
SNESGamePro (US)
All the elements that make fighting games enjoyable are absent from ROTR. Someone unplug these robots - please.
28
SNESneXGam
Ein Paradebeispiel dafür, daß es Grafikblender nicht erst seit den Next-Gen Konsolen gibt. Grottige Steuerung, keinerlei Abwechslung und ein hauchdünnes Gameplay lassen den Titel auf dem SNES zu meinem personal hit shit avancieren. Finger weg!
22
Game GearneXGam
Ich war richtig aufgeregt, als ich mich zum ersten Mal an Rise of Robots für Game Gear setzte. Meine ersten Kommentare sollte ich hier aber besser nicht abtippen - die Steuerung und der unfaire Schwierigkeitsgrad machten mich so wahnsinnig, daß ich binnen kürzester Zeit meinen gesamten Schimpfwortschatz loswerden mußte. Schonen wir unsere Nerven und machen es kurz: Rise of the Robots ist eine echte Katastrophe und übertrifft auf dem Game Gear sogar noch die miese Mega Drive Version. Na wenn das nichts ist...
20
Amiga CD32GamesCollection
Rise of the Robots viste le premesse, è stato probabilmente la più grande sòla degli anni 90. Fa parte del trash più becero, quello che non diverte, che non piace, che non da nulla. Statene alla larga!
20
3DOVideo Games & Computer Entertainment
Perhaps the worst fighting game of all time, Rise of the Robots ironically features some of the best graphics ever seen in a beat-em-up. In one-player-mode, the Cyborg is the only character that may be selected. The Cyborg also only has two special moves. Two moves?! Though the 3DO's graphic capabilities make this a better-looking game than the cartridge versions, it's still to be avoided at all costs; if you're curious, you can look for copies in the "used" bins.
20
SNESDigital Press - Classic Video Games
Not only was this atrocity released to a ridiculous number of consoles (the Game Gear version is particularly funny), but the idiots even made a sequel. Finding a fighting game that is worse than Rise on a home console will be pretty much impossible. If the designers accomplished anything, it's solidifying their place in gaming history by crafting one of the worst games of all time. Congratulations!
19
AmigaAmiga Format
I cannot recommend you buy this game. You are as well to look at the screenshots in the magazines as to spend over 40 quid. The five-disk intro looks tremendous. But you only ever watch these things twice. The robots look fabulous. The attention to detail is excellent, the movement fluid, in a mechanical sort of way. They are supposed to have artificial intelligence which allows them to read your moves and act accordingly. So why is it that you can squeeze them into a corner and tap away at them until the bout is yours? Simple moves like crouch and kick are very effective, but after winning five bouts on the trot, you get rather bored.
12
AmigaRetro Gamer
Perhaps the game’s only saving grace was the impressive renders when robots entered the arenas, but aside from this tiny scrap of light, ROTR was pure, unadulterated filth. If you’ve never played it, it may be worth a shot – but just for a laugh.
10
GenesisSEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA)
Difficile de trouver pire que ce jeu de combat sur notre chère MegaDrive, qui en a vu pourtant de belles avec Pit Fighter ou encore Beast Warriors. Un nanar collector qui trouvera une place d'honneur sur votre panthéon des jeux les plus nases de la console. Vous aurez été prévenu...
10
GenesisSega-16.com
Overall, besides the initial idea and the setting, everything about Rise of the Robots is and feels defective. The graphics are mediocre at best, the control is bad, the shortage of options is baffling, and there are all kind of other annoying flaws that each make this game a total nuisance. All those flaws together however, truly make Rise of the Robots "one of the worst video games ever."
5
Amiga CD32Amiga Power
Rise of the Robots is terrible. I am not exaggerating. Ironically, it is probably because the graphics are so good that it plays so poorly – every move the robots make takes so many frames of animation, and so much memory, and so many months of rendering with 3D Studio, that is simply would not have been possible to make the gameplay any more complicated than it is. What an astonishing waste of time.
0
3DOThe Video Game Critic
As you would expect, there is a two-player mode, but player one can only be ECO35-2. What the heck is THAT all about?? There are three punches and three kicks (light, medium, hard), but they all look exactly the same! The controls are sluggish, and trying to pull off special moves is futile. That's not much of an issue though, because the weak fighting engine doesn't demand much technique anyway. There are no interesting backgrounds to view during the fights, and no music either! Rise of the Robots is painfully shallow compared to classic fighters like Street Fighter II or Mortal Kombat. Even if you like this kind of thing, Rise of the Robots won't do much time in your 3DO.