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This is an arcade rail-shooter based on the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Up to two players shoot through future and present levels as robotic killers reprogrammed to serve the human resistance.

Both players wield a machine gun with infinite ammo that lowers its firing rate (overheats) as it is continuously fired. A secondary weapon (missile launchers in the future, shotguns in the present) has limited ammo but deals heavy damage. Powerups inside the game world include secondary weapon ammo and coolant for the machine guns, and are shot to be collected.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day, renamed T2: The Arcade Game for home conversions, features seven levels based on specific scenes or general concepts in the film. The first four levels act as a prelude, as the player guns down waves of metal Terminators across a post-apocalyptic Battlefield, a besieged Human Hideout, and through the security checkpoints of the enemy supercomputer SkyNet. After destroying the computer, players travel back in time to protect John and Sarah Connor, while also destroying every scrap of SkyNet research at the headquarters of its manufacturer. From there, players must fend off the indestructible T-1000 until the final showdown in the Steel Mill.

Assets from the movie are used when possible, such as voice clips from Arnold Schwarzenegger, and close-up digital stills of Robert Patrick for the final battle against the T-1000. The Genesis and SNES versions also support lightguns (the Menacer and Super Scope, respectively).


Terminator 2: Judgment Day SEGA Master System Don't shoot the humans. They are of worthy assistance
Terminator 2: Judgment Day SNES Level 2. Shoot the infiltrators!
Terminator 2: Judgment Day SNES Level 3: Protect John Connor.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Game Gear Mission one.

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Alternate Titles

  • "שליחות קטלנית 2" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "T2: The Arcade Game" -- home version title
  • "T2ザ・アーケードゲーム" -- Japanese spelling

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When home ports based on the Arcades turn completely awesome! SNES Erik Munoz (8)

Critic Reviews

Sinclair User Arcade Dec, 1991 91 out of 100 91
Just Games Retro SNES Aug 25, 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
CU Amiga Amiga Dec, 1993 90 out of 100 90
WIZ DOS May, 1994 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
1UP! SNES Dec 11, 2009 65 out of 100 65
Play Time Genesis Mar, 1993 62 out of 100 62
Amiga Power Amiga Jan, 1994 57 out of 100 57
Score SEGA Master System Jul, 1994 53 out of 100 53
The Video Game Critic Genesis Oct 20, 2012 D+ 33
The Video Game Critic SNES Feb 24, 2004 F 0


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Midway's arcade version of Terminator 2 used digital stills of props and actors from the film set to render the game's Terminator enemies. With the sole exception of the SNES (using scaled-down versions of those original arcade sprites), the console releases had to use redrawn game assets in the spirit of, but not identical to, the art in the arcade.
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