Tron
We all remember the video game based movie, right! You know the Disney movie that featured the first computer animated scenes or something like that? Well, it also spawned two successful arcade games. Since I already reviewed Discs of Tron (one of my all-time favorites), I decided to review the other game. Much like Krull, Tron is a series of different games put together to make up one big game. One nice feature about Tron is that it let you choose the order in which the games could be played. Now that is a novel concept!

Probably the most popular of the games on Tron is the lightcycles. Versions of this game are found on most game systems. It is a race between two lightcycles. where you have to box the other one in. You can move your cycle at two speeds, fast and really fast. Boost the speed and try to cut off the computer cycle and make him run into the wall you just made. It is as easy as that. But as you make it through the game a few times, there appears more and more cycles and your task gets tougher.

Another game is a tank game, much in the mold of Combat. You have to move around a maze and shoot the other tank without it hitting you. First stage on this game is pretty easy, one tank. But the second time around they boost the stakes as you must face three tanks. Ouch!

The third game is a pretty basic one. There is a wall of blocks that you must shoot out and get to the top. They keep coming so you have to make a path through them and rush up there. Pretty humdrum.

The last stage (if you decide to play them in this order) is the spiders. You must shoot past these creatures as you try to get into a room of sorts in the middle. Again nothing special, though those spiders get pretty plentiful.

Individually the only game that really stands on its own is the lightcycles. The rest of the games are decent, but not spectacular. But as a package, it is much better. The music in the game is enjoyable and it helps to elevate the game. I have never been a huge fan of the game, but do find myself playing it from time to time. The one major flaw with the emulated version is that you need to use the mouse along with the keyboard and it can be a bit awkward. While you can move and shoot with the keyboard (or V-Stick in my case), you need the mouse to control which way you are shooting. Try moving a joystick and hitting a button with one hand, not an easy feat. Besides this, it is a good game. But give me Discs of Tron any day.

This is just a review of the arcade machine.  If you are looking for the actual arcade machine, you may want to check out ebay.  Click below to see if you can find this game.

 

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