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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 SNES Level 4: Inside Skynet.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Genesis What a mess, you even shot all the crates...
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Amiga Game options
Terminator 2: Judgment Day SNES Collecting a weapon powerup.

Promo Images

Terminator 2: Judgment Day Magazine Advertisement Back cover

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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User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

N-Force Game Boy Feb, 1993 81 out of 100 81
Mean Machines Genesis Dec, 1992 75 out of 100 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Boy Jan, 1993 27 out of 40 68
Play Time Genesis Mar, 1993 62 out of 100 62
Retro Game Reviews SNES May 02, 2016 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
Amiga Power Amiga Jan, 1994 57 out of 100 57
Play Time Game Gear Feb, 1994 49 out of 100 49
Mega Fun SNES Apr, 1994 47 out of 100 47
Total! (Germany) SNES May, 1994 3.75 out of 6 45
The Video Game Critic Genesis Oct 20, 2012 D+ 33


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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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