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Robotron: 2084

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You are a mutant human, who by some freak of nature has the ability to shoot energy pulses from his body in eight different directions! Your job is simple: save humanity from their own creation -- the ROBOTRONS! The gameplay is pretty unique for the time. You can move and fire in any of eight directions. You get thrown in a room with various evil baddies strewn about, you've got to kill all the robots while at the same time finding some way to grab humans and avoid death.

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Credits (Arcade version)

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1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Robotron 2084 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The game was inspired by the arcade game Berzerk and the Commodore PET title Chase.

Control scheme

The original arcade version of Robotron: 2084 was played with two joysticks, one to move and one to fire. The Atari 5200 version of the game also uses this same control scheme; to make operating two 5200 joysticks easier, a special "controller holder" was bundled with the game. Robotron: 2084 is one of two Atari 5200 games to utilize this, the other being Space Dungeon.

Atari 7800 launch title

Robotron: 2084 was one of the "Fabulous Eleven" launch games for the Atari 7800.

PC quality conversion

This is one of the better Atarisoft conversions; everything is very faithful to the original, single joystick control is very good, and there is practically no slowdown on a 4.77MHz machine. This is notable because the Atarisoft conversions of the early 1980s varied wildly in quality, from faithful to extremely poor.

TI-99/4a / ZX Spectrum port

Atarisoft planned to sell a cartridge conversion for the Texas Instruments machine and the in Interface II form for the ZX Spectrum, but the releases were cancelled. The game is nevertheless in circulation in prototype and image form.


  • Game Informer Magazine
    • Issue 100, August 2001 - #72 in Top 100 Games of All Time poll

Information also contributed by PCGamer77 Servo, Trixter and FatherJack .

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  • MobyGames ID: 102


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Trixter.

Browser added by HelloMrKearns. Apple II added by KnockStump. Lynx added by Lars Norpchen. Xbox 360, Electron, BBC Micro, Macintosh added by Kabushi. Arcade added by Pseudo_Intellectual. Antstream added by lights out party. Atari 5200, VIC-20, Atari ST, Atari 7800, Atari 8-bit added by Servo. Commodore 64 added by wanax.

Additional contributors: KnockStump, formercontrib, Trypticon, Starbuck the Third, S Olafsson, FatherJack, 64er.

Last modified February 22nd, 2023.