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Critic Reviews

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100 (UK) (Oct 25, 2007)
If you looked up "classic" in the dictionary, the definition would be "Robotron". The cabinet design for both the upright and cocktail versions is exquisite and both have become sought after objects of desire for collectors, while the game has an intangible ability to taunt you; making you think the next time you play you will do better and maybe, just maybe, get one stage further.
ArcadeAll Game Guide (1998)
Colorful graphics, energized sound effects and mercilessly addictive gameplay cement the game's position as a classic. Although Robotron: 2084 was heavily influenced by Berzerk, it took the basic concept to unequaled heights of fear, fury, and fun.
Atari 5200The Video Game Critic (Dec 27, 2001)
One of my favorite arcade games of all time, I was curious to see how Robotron would play on the 5200. Thanks to the handy joystick coupler (which holds two joysticks together), playing this version is a real pleasure. Initially I was concerned that the graphics were a little choppy, but after playing a few rounds, I felt like I was back in the arcades of 1983! Robotron provides simple, yet relentless shooting action. While your primary goal is to wipe out all the robots on each screen, don't forget that saving humans is how you earn the big points. I actually scored far better in this version than I ever did at the arcade. The Atari 5200 joysticks seem well-suited for this kind of action. Robotron is like Berzerk on steroids. If you can find the joystick coupler, this game is a blast.
LynxDefunct Games (Jul 18, 2004)
And it's hard, too. This game is extremely difficult. You will be coming back time and time again just to see if you can get farther. It is here that the problems arise. The game really isn't all that complex, each level is basically a carbon copy of the last. That's not to say they don't get more difficult, oh, because they do, trust me on that, it's just that the game doesn't change at all. But it's filled with tons of replay, and it's one of the most fun portable games, period. If you own a Lynx, you've gotta own Robotron: 2084.
Robotron: 2084 delivers the manic pace that made the arcade version so spectacular. It even had a clever solution for employing dual joystick game play. Finally a game that outwits those crappy joysticks!
Commodore 64Info (Dec, 1983)
Another Atari conversion of a complex arcade game. The strange-looking hero must save humanoids and destroy increasingly difficult robot- antagonists. This conversion does not quite (almost, but not quite) have the speed or responsiveness of the $4000 arcade version, but considering the price difference, you should be quite delighted. Frankly, with all that goes on at once in this frantic survival ordeal, we are amazed that Atari has able to do as well as they have with "Robotron".
Commodore 64Computer and Video Games (CVG) (Apr, 1984)
The attention to detail in the game is incredible and it's difficult to spot any difference between the graphics of the original arcade game and Atarisoft's version for the '64. Robotron incorporates nine levels of difficulty. Playing anything apart from level one is futile - unless you're Superman - it's so difficult.
The POKEY chip does a fairly decent job of recreating all the sounds from the coin-op game but they do seem a little quiet so crank the volume on the TV for the true experience! This is yet another outstanding conversion of Robotron that should be an essential game for all owners of the machine!
Atari 8-bitElectric Playground (Jun 05, 1995)
Robotron 2084 is a true classic. A game created over ten years ago that still stands as a great diversion today.
Xbox 360GotNext (Apr 10, 2006)
While many "classic" games haven't stood the test of time, Robotron is still going strong 2.5 decades later. The new additions are a nice bonus, but the real meat of the game is the single player mode in all its glory. Fast, fun, and brutally hard but fair, Robotron still has the gameplay magic to make you want one more round even after all these years.
Xbox 360Retro Gamer (Feb, 2006)
In our minds, Robotron is one of the greatest arcade games ever made, so we were ecstatic to find it as a download on Xbox Live Arcade. While some will no doubt be put off by the hi-res visuals (although to be fair, they are extremely reminiscent of the original’s), the classic gameplay is as good as ever and you’ll soon find yourself a slave to the game’s many score boards.
Robotron: 2084 on the 7800 really showcases what this game is about. From unique controls to the increasing difficulty, this is my favorite platform for playing Robotron.
Atari 8-bitRetrogaming History (Feb 28, 2009)
Questo è un titolo dotato di appeal irresistibile, uno shoot ‘em up che parla agli istinti, un action game che sollecita i riflessi ed è ben descritto dall’aggettivo “trippy”. Da riscoprire!
Atari 5200Digital Press - Classic Video Games (Dec 10, 2003)
Anyway, 5200 Robotron is not as good graphically as the 7800 version, much less the arcade ports that exist for the 32-bit systems. Nor does it have quite the level of intensity of those later versions. It looks and feels kinda old. But it still plays pretty well, and if you want to use two joysticks instead of two thumbs (which I have never gotten used to), it's the only Robotron in town.
Xbox 360TeamXbox (Jan 04, 2006)
There’s plenty of nostalgic, and newly added, fun to be had in Robotron: 2084. Both those who have played the original to death and those who have never blasted their way through the game will have tons of fun with the added multiplayer features. It would have been nice to see a new version of Robotron similar to the “evolved” version of Geometry Wars as opposed to the circa 1982 visuals that the game currently uses. Having all of the original sounds is a nice nostalgic nod to fans but it really would have helped give the game some more legs if it had included a newer version as well as the arcade classic. Because of that fact Geometry Wars still reigns supreme in the realm of chaotic shooters on Xbox Live Arcade.
Xbox 360IGN (Dec 02, 2006)
For all the Robotron fans out there, this is a great pickup with the added online features. If you were obsessed with the original, you'll be just as obsessed with this one, though playing with controller sticks isn't quite the same as using the arcade joysticks.
Xbox 360GameSpot (Dec 19, 2005)
If it's not the most frantic game ever created, Robotron: 2084 is definitely in the top five of all time. The 1982 arcade game was one of the many classic games from that era to bear the Williams Electronics name. That name now belongs to Midway, a company that has been resurfacing the gems hidden in its back catalog via various retrospective compilations for the past several years. Robotron is one of the games that have fared pretty well in these collections, but with the scoreboards and online competition that the Xbox 360 version of the game provides, this Xbox Live Arcade download is at least as good as the original arcade hit.
Robotron 2084 is a fun game on the lynx albeit a little frustrating when it comes to shooting robots. However, the manic excitement of the arcade game and console ports with similar control options offer superior game play.
Commodore 64Micro 7 (Jun, 1984)
Un peu moins connu, « Robotron » ravira les amateurs de tir tout azimuth et de jeu ultra-rapide. On peut néanmoins lui préférer « Berserk », d'inspiration très proche et qui offre, en plus, une voix synthétique.
LynxPower Play (Feb, 1992)
Trotz fehlender Extras hat mir das perfekt umgesetzte Robotron Spaß gemacht: simpel, aber motivierend.
LynxVideo Games (Feb, 1992)
Robotron 2084 war schon in der Automatenversion ein Spiel, das bei sensiblen Spielern monatelange Platzangst zur Folge hatte. Auf dem Lynx ist die ganze Sache noch unübersichtlicher und hektischer geworden; im Falle von Robotron bedeutet das jedoch ausnahmsweise keine Abwertung. Im Gegenteil: Das super unkomplizierte Spielprinzip (in acht Richtungen wuseln und ballern), die einfache Grafik und die quietschenden Lasergeräusche sind perfekt auf Ataris Hiandheld umgesetzt und bieten allen Freunden gnadenloser Action eine Menge Spielspaß. Nur jüngere Semester werden vergeblich nach Bonuswaffen und versteckten Extras Ausschau halten: Ähnlich wie bei “Pac-Man“ verändert bzw. verbessert sich über die gesamte Spieldistanz das Heldensprite um keinen Deut.
Xbox 360Video Game Talk (Apr 25, 2006)
With the massive amount of turbulent shooters available over Xbox Live Arcade, it's hard to recommend one that wasn't built specifically for the Xbox 360. Even at the low end of the cost spectrum, Robotron: 2084 isn't a worthwhile investment due the lack of effort Midway put forth in terms of an upgrade. The online co-op mode does breathe some new life into the arcade classic, but the insane level of frustration resultant from the difficulty doesn't help. 360 owners would be better served in purchasing Geometry Wars or Crystal Quest if interested in a shooter.
At a meager $5, it's worth a download if the twitch action appeals to you. Smash TV is the alternative, and while closely related, it's a toss up which is more enjoyable. Both will relentlessly kill you until you fall to the challenge, but the never ending Robotron has the chance to keep things going for hours at a time.
Alles in allem gibt das Spiel aber nicht sonderlich viel her — das Konzept ist einfach schon ein bisserl überholt, da helfen auch einstellbarer Schwierigkeitsgrad und verschiedene Steuerungen nichts. Absolute Baller- und Oldie-Freaks wird dieser Release sicherlich freuen, Greenhorns sollten aber besser die Finger davon lassen.
PC BooterPC Magazine (Jun 26, 1984)
Robotron: 2084 makes my thumb hurt. It's based on an exciting concept, translated from the coin arcade version with the same name, but the stiffer PC joysticks and the PC's slower response times made me yearn for the real thing,
Apple IIComputer Games (Apr, 1984)
Unfortunately, the game is so tough that you may never even see the Brains. While the arcade game had two joysticks (one to move, one to fire), the Apple only has one. This means you can only fire in the direction you are moving. It's almost impossible to get out of a tight situation because you can't reverse your fire. You can also play the game with paddles (if you've got paddles) or the keyboard (next to impossible). We found the only alternative is to jam the joystick between the knees and fire with the keyboard. Even so, you fire in almost random directions. It's too bad - this spectacular game is nearly unplayable. Perhaps double-joystick games should not be attempted on the Apple. Let's hope the other versions of the game utilize two joysticks at once.
Atari 7800The Video Game Critic (Jul 23, 1999)
Robotron 2084 is one of my favorite arcade games of all time, but this version doesn't measure up. If you're not familiar with this frantic shooter, you control a little guy who begins each level in the middle of the screen, surrounded by hostile robots that begin to close immediately. You run around blasting everything in sight and save (touch) humans for big bonus points. Gameplay is fast and furious, demanding good control. Unfortunately the only way to get this type of control on the 7800 is to use two joysticks, which is problematic unless they can be secured somehow. Another problem is that the animation tends to get choppy when things get hectic, making it difficult to tell what the heck's going on. Overall this is just a fair adaption of the arcade classic.
LynxPlay Time (Feb, 1992)
Einzig erfreulicher Aspekt, neben der Tatsache, daß wir für das Spiel nichts zahlen brauchten: Die BRAINS, laufende Gehirne mit einem achtmal kleineren Körper. Lustig anzusehen und bezeichnend für den geistigen Gehalt von Robotron.
LynxGame Zero (Feb, 1996)
I haven't seen Robotron in the arcade for over six years now, but Robotron 2084 for the Lynx seems to me about as authentic as they come. The control you ask? Well... it definitely complicates things a bit not having the two joysticks like the arcade, but it is pretty ok as you can pick a few different variations. Robotron 2084 has very smooth graphics coupled with excellent gameplay and decent (read: Lynx) sound. One to own.