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RoboCop 3

MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
83
3.4
Atari ST
...
4.3
DOS
...
3.6
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Description

F29 Retaliator authors DID developed this particular use of the Robocop license, and produced something different from most film licenses. While it featured a succession of levels based around sections of the movie, these were highly varied and presented in polygon 3D graphics. These can be played in any order in the Arcade mode, or in planned sequence in the Movie Adventure mode, which follows the film's plot of Japanese investors wishing to replace Robocop with their Robot Ninja designs, and thus expecting him to prove himself as superior.

The first task is a car chase resembling Chase HQ, in which a mazey section of road must be followed efficiently. There are several first-person 3D shooing sections,. in which you must use a target to shoot down punks and invaders, without harming civilians. Robocop also takes to the skies in a simulation of his new Gyropack flying device. Also, he must do battle with his intended replacement in a fixed-perspective beat 'em up section.

Screenshots

RoboCop 3 Atari ST Just about keeping the car in a straight line
RoboCop 3 Atari ST Who tries an illogical jump off the screen
RoboCop 3 DOS Let's roll!
RoboCop 3 Amiga Robovision activated

Alternate Titles

  • "Robocop Redux" -- Alternate title
  • "Robocop 3D" -- Informal title

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The Press Says

Génération 4 Atari ST Dec, 1991 93 out of 100 93
Génération 4 Amiga Dec, 1991 93 out of 100 93
Amiga Format Amiga Mar, 1992 91 out of 100 91
Amiga Action Amiga Jan, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Micro News Amiga Dec, 1991 17 out of 20 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST May, 1992 8 out of 12 67
Power Play Amiga Mar, 1992 62 out of 100 62
PC Games (Germany) DOS Jan, 1993 50 out of 100 50
Power Play DOS Jan, 1993 44 out of 100 44
PC Player (Germany) DOS Jan, 1993 36 out of 100 36

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Trivia

Amiga copy protection

The Amiga version of the game took copy-protection hysteria to a new level. It was released with a 'dongle' device, which plugged into the main joystick port (the game being played using a joystick in the other port), and stopped the game from starting up if it was missing. Unfortunately for Ocean, this was quickly hacked out by pirates, so the only victims were people who actually paid good money for the game.

Worse still, shortly after the game was released, Commodore launched the Amiga 600, a streamlined model which had the joystick ports next to the disk drive - this meant that the dongle wouldn't fit, making the game incompatible with the system.

Awards

  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #20 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list

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