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Posted Fri Mar 17, 2017 2:58 PM
That friggin' game is insane.
I still don't understand how anyone can play the higher levels.
I try and try and I still suck at it.
Posted Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:47 PM
I probably never got past level 4 or 5. I didn't have as much trouble with that as with Defender, though. Everyone has certain types of games that they're just no good at.
Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:35 AM
Robotron is bloody insane but it's awesome.
You really need good controls for it. This means either an original cabinet with properly functioning Wico joysticks, or some kind of home setup that mimics the original controls for use on MAME.
For several years I would play Robotron on my MAME cabinet using the P1 and P2 joysticks, which worked OK, but there are some big shortcomings. First of all, the joysticks on a real Robotron are roughly 10" apart, whereas many generic 2-player control panels (including the panel I made, the common X-Arcade tank stick, and lots of other home built ones I've seen) have a spacing much wider than that. IMO, that close spacing of the sticks is essential in giving the player that feeling that they're really in control and engaged with the game. Another big shortcoming with my previous setup was that the joysticks were Happ Competitions, which use microswitches. They're great general purpose sticks, but far from ideal for Robotron.
So, what I did recently was build a whole new control panel for my cabinet that is dedicated to Robotron. I've got a pair of high-end, Wico-inspired, balltop sticks (Dominux8's from GroovyGameGear.com -- pricey, but very nice) at the proper spacing, and now playing Robotron on my cabinet is a complete blast. The control panel is swappable, so I can put the old one back on whenever I want; only takes a minute or two.
Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:58 AM
I was at the arcade tonight, and I saw someone get to level 27 on Robotron. Once he got to level 21, it was like he was getting an extra life every level. I've never seen anything like it. Mad skillz!
You know, one of the coolest things about what you posted is that you saw this happen just this year.
There are still humanoids walking around today that have Robotron Mad-Skillz.
And it was at an arcade!
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Have you played the challenge level where you only get one life?
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