Review: Robotron 2084 (Atari 5200)

In this review, we check out the top down shooter game Robotron 2084. We find out if the Atari 5200 port can fire up the action like the original arcade version.

This particular port was released in 1983 and would be another port from the popular arcade game. Earlier, we reviewed the Atari 7800 version and found it to be a passable game, though rather difficult. By and large, this port is a lot like the 7800 port, so we’ll look at the differences.

One thing that is great about this game is the fact that it came with a holder so you could at least put both controllers side by side. This made the game a little more tolerable in terms of control. Still, it was a bit overwhelming trying to control where you are firing, strategically moving around so you don’t get hit, and try and save the family members all at the same time.

Graphically, this game is pretty good for the hardware. What’s more is that this game has a bit of luxury in that this predated the hardware power of the NES. Even still, I found the movements a little choppier then I would have liked. Also, it was hard to make out what was an enemy and what was a collectable family member at times in the midst of the pure chaos.

There was no music, but the audio was very nicely done. I don’t really have any complaints about the sound effects, though it did have to carry the whole game.

Overall, this game can be overwhelming. That’s probably what made it a bit more on the difficult side. Still, for a console game at the time, it was pretty well done. The holder that held the two controllers did make a nice difference in gameplay in terms of control. So, a game that really tests the reflexes and is quite challenging if you want to even come close to making it a dozen waves in.


Furthest point in game: Wave 8.

General gameplay: 16/25
Replay value: 7/10
Graphics: 7/10
Audio: 4/5

Overall rating: 68%

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