RoboCop Arcade Game

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Back when I was collecting arcade games, I picked this one up for $100. The oddest thing was, this was the second RoboCop machine I owned. The first one was not in an original cabinet and did not have a marquee. I tried selling the uglier one when I bought this one but ended up getting a great offer on the good-looking one, so I sold it and kept the ugly one. I didn’t think RoboCop would mind.

The arcade version of RoboCop debuted in 1988, one year after the movie was released. RoboCop is a simple side-scroller in which players guide RoboCop through a series of levels while shooting evil denizens of Motor City. The game was ported to several home systems including the NES, Commodore 64, Apple II, ZX Spectrum, and IBM (DOS). Several sequels followed, including RoboCop 2, RoboCop 3, and RoboCop vs. the Terminator for both 8 and 16-bit consoles.

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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3 thoughts on “RoboCop Arcade Game

  1. I played this a few times back in the day (I believe it was at a department store, there were never many actual arcades around here), but never made it past the first level. It’s an extremely challenging game, with countless baddies shooting at you from every direction.

    I was poking around the other day, and the game was also ported to the MSX. It’s actually just the spectrum version though, complete with the spectrum’s signature monotone graphics. This version is notably different from the arcade version though. While the first level looks & plays mostly like the arcade game, you get limited ammo for your main gun. On top of that, you can choose different levels & missions and such, right from the beginning.

  2. Ahhh this game holds a special place. It is the only game I ever played that I could finish on a single quarter.

    It probably took about $20 or more worth of quarters to get there though. lol It’s not so much about skill, but learning exactly where to be, when and where to shoot. It was fun though showing off to other people. lol

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