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Rise of the Robots
Developer(s) Mirage
Publisher(s) Time Warner Interactive
Designer(s) Andy Clark, Richard Joseph, Kwan Lee, Sean Naden, Jason Page
Release date(s) 1994
Genre(s) Fighting game
Mode(s) Single player, Two player
Rating(s) ELSPA: 3+
ESRB: K-A (SNES, Genesis, 3DO, Sega CD)
Platform(s) 3DO, Amiga (1200/4000), Amiga CD32, Arcade, CD-i, Game Boy, PC, Game Gear, Sega Master System, Sega Mega Drive, SNES,
Media CD-ROM, 3½ inch Floppy (Amiga version)
Input Joystick, Keyboard

Rise of the Robots is a computer game developed by Mirage Media, released by Time Warner Interactive in 1994 and ported to numerous other game systems. Rise of the Robots is noted as one of the least successful and most critically maligned fighters of all time. Despite featuring incredible graphics for the time, it suffered from a myriad of crippling gameplay problems. Image File history File links ROTR_PC_frontcover. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video games. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Time Warner Inc. ... A game designer is a person who designs games. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... Video games are categorized into genres based on their gameplay. ... Screenshot of The King of Fighters XI (2005, SNK Playmore). ... In computer games and video games, single-player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session. ... Multiplayer is a mode of play for computer and video games in which multiple people can play the same game at the same time. ... The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (or ELSPA) is an organisation set up in 1989 by British software publishers. ... The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a self-regulatory organization that applies and enforces ratings, advertising guidelines, and online privacy principles for computer and video games and other entertainment software in the United States and Canada (officially adopted by individual provinces 2004-2005). ... 3DO Interactive Multiplayer (most commonly referred to as the 3DO) is a line of video game consoles which were released in 1993 and 1994 by Panasonic, Sanyo and Goldstar, among other companies. ... The original Amiga 1000 (1985) with various peripherals The Amiga 500 (1987) was the most popular variant of the Amiga. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Centipede by Atari is a typical example of a 1980s era arcade game. ... CD-i or Compact Disc Interactive is the name of an interactive multimedia CD player developed and marketed by Royal Philips Electronics N.V. CD-i also refers to the multimedia Compact Disc standard utilized by the CD-i console, also known as Green Book, which was co-developed by... The Game Boy ) is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo[1], released in 1989 at US$109 ISBN 0-9643848-5-X. The Game Boy was the first successful handheld console, and was the predecessor of all other iterations of the Game Boy line. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... The Sega Game Gear is a handheld game console which was Segas response to Nintendos Game Boy. ... The Sega Master System (SMS for short) is an 8-bit cartridge-based gaming console that was manufactured by Sega. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... The Super Nintendo Entertainment System or Super NES (also called SNES and Super Nintendo) is a 16-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Brazil, Europe, and Australasia between 1990 and 1992. ... The CD-ROM (an abbreviation for Compact Disc Read-Only Memory (ROM)) is a non-volatile optical data storage medium using the same physical format as audio compact discs, readable by a computer with a CD-ROM drive. ... A floppy disk is a data storage device that is composed of a disk of thin, flexible (floppy) magnetic storage medium encased in a square or rectangular plastic shell. ... Joystick elements: 1. ... It has been suggested that Keystroke be merged into this article or section. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Time Warner Inc. ...


Plot details

The Supervisor Droid
The Supervisor Droid

The plot, heavily borrowed from such movies as Blade Runner, Metropolis and Terminator, centers on events in the Electrocorp factory in the fictional city of Metropolis 4, set in November 2043. Image File history File links ROTR_Supervisor. ... Image File history File links ROTR_Supervisor. ... Blade Runner is a 1982 cyberpunk, neo-noir film directed by Ridley Scott from a screenplay written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, loosely based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. ... Metropolis Metropolis is a science fiction film produced in Germany set in a futuristic urban dystopia. ... Look up terminator in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

When demands placed on Electrocorp as the world’s leading manufacturer and developer of advanced robotics outstrip the company’s ability to run its massive Metropolis 4 plant efficiently, research & development devise a project to create the perfect multi-task, ultra-intelligent robot. A self-aware gynoid, dubbed The Supervisor, capable of managing every aspect of the plant’s day-to-day operations is born. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

However events quickly escalate as the Leader Project goes awry and the Supervisor takes control of Electrocorp's facilities. Infected by a strain of the EGO virus, mutiny breaks out amongst the droids of the plant, effectively leaving the Supervisor in command of their actions. As a containment measure, operations at the factory are shut down under the guise of technical modification, and, the ECO35-2 cyborg is sent in to neutralize the insurgent robots and crush the imminent outbreak into Metropolis 4. A cyborg is a cybernetic organism (i. ...


The Loader Droid defeated
The Loader Droid defeated

The Electrocorp’s plant at Metropolis 4 is alive with all manner of robotics, many of which were worker drones with simplistic CPUs until the Supervisor reprogrammed them with self-awareness and infected them with the EGO virus. Image File history File links ROTR_Loader_Defeated. ... Image File history File links ROTR_Loader_Defeated. ...

  • ECO35-2: The protagonist of the story, the ECO35-2 named "Coton", is a fully functional bipedal cyborg that mirrors human form. The player takes control of this character to finish single player mode, with only his bare fists to face off against his enemies.
  • Loader: A simple and durable worker droid, the Loader droid is the first enemy the player encounters. Before the riot at Electrocorp, Loader droids were employed in large quantities to lift and transport parts and equipment around the factory. Its primary weapons are two gigantic fork-arms.
  • Builder: The gorilla-like Builder droid was developed as the natural successor of the Loader type. It is a more versatile robot designed to perform heavy assembly tasks. Although weak on its legs, the Builder droid is more than up to combat situations with its large powerful arms.
  • Crusher: Simply put, the Crusher droid was designed as a robot killer, programmed to immobilize and destroy dangerously malfunction production droids. It is noted for its green, insect-like appearance.
  • Military: As its name suggests, the Military droid, also dubbed "Exterminator", is specifically designed for warfare purposes. In appearance it very much resembles a skeletal form of the ECO35-2 himself.
  • Sentry: Another combat-specific droid, the bright red Sentry stands an intimidating 3.5 meters tall and represents the next generation in security droids. Although large, it is made of lightweight metal and equipped with a jet-pack for fast maneuvers.
  • The Supervisor: The antagonist of the story, the Supervisor is a complete departure from conventional robotics, representing the dawn of a new era in metallurgy, artificial intelligence, and robotic engineering. The Supervisor was the first droid designed to replace humans in management rather than production positions, made self-aware, and given a neural learning CPU, giving it the ability to adapt and think on its own. The Supervisor relies on electrical flux physics and the liquid properties of polymetamorphic titanium alloy. By adjusting the flow of the electrical charge, this alloy can reshape and mold itself into any form.

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The game

Cyborg versus Sentry.
Cyborg versus Sentry.

The game is divided into a single player mode and a two player versus mode. In single player mode the player controls the ECO32-2 Cyborg as he confronts the Supervisor’s minions across the vast facilities of Electrocorp. The order in which each droid is fought is fixed, with each next adversary more difficult than the last. The sixth and final level is a confrontation with the Supervisor droid itself. Each character is introduced by a short CGI sequence, followed by an analysis of potential weaknesses. Image File history File links ROTR_Cyborg_Sentry. ... Image File history File links ROTR_Cyborg_Sentry. ... Computer-generated imagery (commonly abbreviated as CGI) is the application of the field of computer graphics (or more specifically, 3D computer graphics) to special effects in films, television programs, commercials, simulators and simulation generally, and printed media. ...

In two player versus mode, one player controls the ECO35-2 droid by default, while the other chooses between one of the five droids seen in single player mode (a special cheat code can enable the Supervisor as well). Players then battle out against each other in 2 to 7 rounds.

Although the game boasted original soundtrack music by Brian May (former guitarist of Queen), only a short intro from The Dark appeared in the final release, while the actual in-game score was done by Mirage. Whereas May did in fact record a full soundtrack to the game, his record company EMI requested numerous delays, which consequently prompted Mirage to proceed without the music rather than having to reschedule the release date. Brian Harold May CBE (born July 19, 1947) is an English guitarist best known as the lead guitarist and backing (sometimes lead) vocalist for the English rock band Queen. ... Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Kensington in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based in New York. ...

Critical reception

While Rise of the Robots received many accolades for its state-of-the-art graphic design, it was almost universally panned by video game critics at the time of its release. Main points of criticism were the limited multi-player mode, awkward controls and problematic AI. In addition, each android had a very small set of standard actions and only two or three special moves, all controlled by a single button press.

Since the characters in single player are positioned in mounting difficulty, this means they are improperly balanced in versus mode. Some androids can inflict massive damage blows while others can inflict only minor damage. Because of this, Rise of the Robots was unable to contend with the more popular fighting titles of the time such as Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter. Mortal Kombat was the first entry in the famous Mortal Kombat fighting game series by Midway, released in arcades in 1992. ... Street Fighter ), or commonly abbreviated as SF, is a popular series of fighting games in which the players pit combatants from around the world, each with his or her own special moves, against one another. ...

Journalist Stuart Campbell is renowned for writing an angry letter to the developers, purportedly asking why they would release such a game, and in his opinion, try to sell it via marketing alone.[1] Stuart Campbell is a freelance journalist and former software designer, based in the UK. He was the UKs National Videogames Champion in 1988 (having previously won the Scottish title), and a member of the UKs winning European Videogame Championship team in Paris in 1990. ...


Despite its failure to gain popular attraction, Mirage released Rise 2: Resurrection in 1996 as a more conventional fighting game with extended features. The story expanded further upon that of the original game. Originally made for computer systems, it was ported to the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn as well, again with little success. The original PlayStation was produced in a light grey colour; the more recent PSOne redesign sports a smaller more rounded case. ... The Sega Saturn ) is a 32-bit video game console, first released on November 22, 1994 in Japan, May 11, 1995 in North America and July 8, 1995 in Europe. ...

One notable aspect of Rise 2 was that it featured an original song by Queen guitarist Brian May, entitled "Cyborg". The PC CD-ROM of the game featured two versions of the track in audio CD format along with other music from the game, and the European-released Director's Cut edition of the game featured a second CD with two additional versions of the song, as well as computer-altered sound files of May saying various words and phrases from the game. A newer version of "Cyborg" later appeared on May's 1998 album, Another World. Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ... Brian Harold May CBE (born July 19, 1947) is an English guitarist best known as the lead guitarist and backing (sometimes lead) vocalist for the English rock band Queen. ... Another World is the second full studio album delivered by Queen guitarist, Brian May. ...


  1. ^ Stuart Campbell. Open letter about ROTR to Mirage and Time Warner. AP2.

External links

  • Rise of the Robots at MobyGames - Overview of the game and description of all available ports.

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