Judge Dredd arcade game - Title Screen

Did You Know About The Judge Dredd Arcade Game?

In October of 1992 Mortal Kombat was released by Midway Games. Did you know however that Midway Games was also working on another title well known for over the top violence? The Judge Dredd arcade game was developed around the same time as Mortal Kombat II. In fact as you can plainly see below, one could spot Goro on a leash. However the game while reaching the prototype stage was ultimately cancelled.
Judge Dredd arcade game - Goro on a leash

Using the same motion capture technology that would make Mortal Kombat stand out. The developers even used the same hardware from Mortal Kombat II. Also of interest is the Judge Dredd arcade game was intended to be a 3 player game. The team even used a control panel from 1988’s Narc when designing the prototype cabinets. Of which there were apparently four made before the game was axed due in part to low test numbers.
Judge Dredd arcade game - Control Panel

The title was obviously part of the beat ’em up genre. Similar in concept to games like Streets of Rage and it’s predecessor Final Fight. Although having said that the Judge Dredd arcade game appears to have had some interesting design choices. For example your attacks weren’t limited to just left and right, but up and down as well. Naturally it gives the brawler more of the feel of a 3D environment.
Judge Dredd arcade game - Block War

Then we have the fact the game captures a lot of what makes the comic book character so awesome. The digitized speech as well as the myriad background nods to the series are evident. In particular, I am rather fond of the ‘No Drowning’ proclamation in the sewer level.
Judge Dredd arcade game - No Drowning

Now when I first stumbled upon video of the gameplay I just assumed it was produced for the Judge Dredd film in ’95. It turns out that is partially true as the film had just been announced. But the fact of the matter is that Midway had struck gold with another film turned video game. That was of course 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgement Day!

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Friends, surprisingly enough the Judge Dredd arcade game was also inspired by the popularity of Konami’s TMNT game. While the game itself never made it to mass production, we have those geniuses at Chicago’s arcade mecca Galloping Ghost to thank for making an actual cabinet. In fact, in the 2015 video below you can hear owner and head guru Doc Mack talking about the game itself.

[Via] Ghost Lord 000

You’ve heard a little about the Judge Dredd arcade game now. Ready to see it in action?

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Friends, I am certainly thinking about doing a special Diary podcast. Cherry-picking some of the games that were almost released like with Gremlins!

Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast Episode 019 (Zaxxon)

Welcome friends to the 19th Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast. For this show I discuss Sega/Gremlin’s 1982 arcade classic “Zaxxon” and we also have a special guest for this episode, John Monkus – one of the chief techs at the arcade. I also made sure to bring a few vintage audio treats for your listening pleasure.

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Aliens, minus Sigourney Weaver

Konami's Aliens

Browsing around The Arcade Flyer Archive recently, I found this curious image featuring an actress who looks nothing like Sigourney Weaver. In this 1990 arcade game, Konami presumably forgot which actress starred as Ellen Ripley and gave its American audience a blonde with little resemblance to the original character.

Despite such changes, the game was a lot of fun, as you’ll see from this video:

Learn more about the game at the Xenopedia.

Q*Bert, previously known as @!#?@!

Q*Bert

Browsing around Youtube on my lunch break, I stumbled upon the “John’s Arcade Game Reviews and Tech” channel which has some really cool videos. Amongst them was this fascinating trip through the LA home and arcade of Koolmoecraig – a person who has some awesome machines, including a prototype Q*Bert Arcade game! Also look out for Sega’s Razmatazz arcade game (the sequel to Carnival) and lots more.

As someone who owns zero full size arcade games, consider me very jealous!