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Electrocorp, the world's leading manufacturer and developer of advanced robotics ran the Leader Project to develop a multi-task, ultra-intelligent, self-aware robot to manage every aspect of the factory plant. The end result was the Supervisor Droid, a machine capable of assuming any form and accessing any database. But when an EGO virus infected the Supervisor's self-awareness it started to consider its need above of those of the company, infecting the other robots in the plant and declaring itself their leader. Electrocorp then sent its top-secret ECO32-5 Cyborg to infiltrate the plant and destroy the supervisor.

Rise of the Robots is a versus fighting game. The player controls the ECO32-5 Cyborg and must fight all the other robots in the plant until finally meeting the Supervisor Droid. The controls consist of 3 buttons for punches and 3 buttons for kicks (one for each in the Game Gear version), and jumping, moving, crouching and blocking are performed with the directional pad. The Cyborg has two super moves, the Turbo Head Butt and the Shoulder Barge. The player can choose the difficulty, number of rounds and time limit for the fights, as well as turn turn the super moves off.

The game has three modes: mission, where the player fights each robot in a fixed order; training, where the player can fight any robot in any desired order; and two players versus mode (absent in the Game Gear version), where the second player chooses any of the enemy robots to fight with. It features an AI system that reacts to the player style, 3D rendered cutscenes and the title song was composed by Queen's guitarist Brian May.


Rise of the Robots Game Gear Fighting a yellow guy
Rise of the Robots Amiga Your opponent no.2 - Builder
Rise of the Robots Amiga Your opponent no.5 - Sentry
Rise of the Robots Amiga CD32 Render introduction 1

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Rise of the Robots Magazine Advertisement Part 2

Alternate Titles

  • "ライズ オブ ザ ロボッツ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

The worst fighting game ever on the PC. Avoid at all costs. DOS Spartan_234 (460)
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 (78)
And all this time I kept thinking there was worse! DOS Satoshi Kunsai (2074)
Probably the worst fighting game EVER in the history of gaming. DOS Tomer Gabel (4633)
Looks can be decieving SNES ThE oNe (184)
I wanted to like it... but It was just too bad... DOS Yeah No (24)

Critic Reviews

Amiga Joker Amiga CD32 Jan, 1995 87 out of 100 87
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Dec, 1994 10 out of 12 83
Super Power SNES Jan, 1995 78 out of 100 78
Score DOS Dec, 1994 59 out of 100 59
GameFan Magazine 3DO May, 1995 43 out of 100 43
High Score DOS Apr, 1995 2 out of 5 40
Play Time SNES Dec, 1994 40 out of 100 40
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) 3DO May, 1995 14 out of 40 35
Mega Fun Genesis Dec, 1994 33 out of 100 33
Video Games Game Gear Feb, 1995 23 out of 100 23


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Instinct Design, the developer for Rise of the Robots, claimed that the game would feature 100 frames of animation per robot, with a special key frame system to ensure fluidity of movement. In reality, the game utilized 3 frames of movement for the robot punching, kicking and whatever else.

Cancelled Sega CD version

There was actually a Sega CD version in development, which was going to be published by JVC, but it was never released. A preview video exists, but it doesn't show anything from that version, other than a box cover. The "Work in Progress" footage shown was in fact from the DOS version.

Cover art

Game covers mentioned that Rise of the Robots contained music by rock guitarist Brian May. While technically true, the only Brian May music you hear in the game is an approximately 5-seconds long guitar solo at the beginning. Brian May was penned in to produce the entire soundtrack, however completion was delayed and the soundtrack was not completed in time for the games release.

Extended CD-32 version

In October 2015 an extended and corrected "Special Edition" of the CD-32 version of Rise of the Robots was released. This fan made improvement by Earok is fixing some gameplay issues like the difficulty level and also adds aesthetic features like new backgrounds or the inclusion of the intro of the arcade version. This version can be downloaded for free.(Source: Unofficial CD32 Ports)

PC version differences

Rise of the Robots on PC was released on floppy disks and CD-ROM. The CD-ROM version had an animated intro instead of the stills as seen in the floppy disk version.

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Contributed to by Zhentarim7 (197), Corn Popper (68809), Rebound Boy (19698), Kabushi (257787), Satoshi Kunsai (2074) and Terok Nor (34292)
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