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RoboCop

MobyRank MobyScore
Amstrad CPC
...
3.5
Commodore 64
69
3.0
Game Boy
74
3.4
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Description

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 DOS Die, scum! (CGA)
RoboCop MSX Title screen
RoboCop MSX High scores
RoboCop Amstrad CPC Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Robocop: The Future of Law Enforcement" -- Title Screen

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The Press Says

VideoGame Game Boy Jan, 1992 9 out of 10 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1989 807 out of 1000 81
The Games Machine (UK) MSX Jun, 1989 81 out of 100 81
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1989 81 out of 100 81
Commodore User Commodore 64 1989 79 out of 100 79
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Apr, 1989 78 out of 100 78
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Feb, 1989 77 out of 100 77
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 1989 77 out of 100 77
Power Play Amstrad CPC Mar, 1989 74 out of 100 74
All Game Guide Commodore 64 1998 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20

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Trivia

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)

Contributed to by Martin Smith (63136), Игги Друге (43847) and *Katakis* (37827)