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Another Sunday means another episode of 1001 Video Games You
Must Play Before You Die, the (hopefully) weekly series where I play through
all of the games listed in the book - 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You
Die. If I played the game before, then I will share my memory of the
experience. If I haven't played the game before, then I find an online version
or an emulator and I play the game (for at least 30 minutes). This is a book
every gamer should have in their library, and if you're interested in
purchasing it, you can find it here.
Last week was Sokoban, a creative and entertaining puzzle
game that on the surface seemed fairly easy until you get a few levels in, and
then you realize it's brutishly evil. I was somewhat surprised to find the game
in the book since it was an obscure title and not that popular in the United
States. But this week's game...this week's game is quite popular and very likely known
Tron is a coin-operated arcade video game manufactured and
distributed by Bally Midway in 1982. It is based on the Walt Disney Productions
motion picture Tron released in the same year. The game consists of four
subgames inspired by the events of the science fiction film. (SOURCE: Wikipedia)
This segment of the game mimics the scene from the motion
picture in which Tron enters the Input/Output tower. In the arcade game, the
player must destroy large numbers of Grid Bugs with Tron's disc and clear a
path to the flashing circle, which must be entered before a timer runs out to
complete the section.
This area imitates Tron's final battle against the MCP. The
game's interpretation has the player destroying a multicolored wall in front of
the MCP cone and getting by the wall, into the cone. A 1000 point bonus is
awarded for completing the level, and an additional 1000 points is given for
destroying all blocks of the wall.
The player must guide Tron's red tank through a maze and
destroy several blue tanks or red recognizers controlled by the computer. This
must be done without taking any hits from enemies. If the player drives into
the purple diamond in the center of the maze, the tank is warped to a random
area of the maze.
This game is well known and associated with the Tron
franchise. The player must guide a blue Light Cycle in an arena against an
opponent, while avoiding the walls and trails (walls of light) left behind by
both Light Cycles. The player must maneuver quickly and precisely in order to
force opponents to run into walls. The enemy cycles have a fixed behavior
pattern for each level: if the player can find it, the opponent can be defeated
every time on this level.
I have most certainly played Tron. It is one of my all-time
favorite arcade games. I had no idea it was released in 1982...am I really that
old? I can remember spending countless quarters on Tron back in the day. Of
course what helped the game was the movie of the same name. There were
similarities between the two, but the game was just such a great
game. As silly as it might sound, one of the things I liked best was the
controller. The Tron arcade game used this stick that looked like it belongs in
the cockpit of a star fighter. When you stepped up to the cabinet and grasped
that identifiable blue control stick, you felt powerful.
As mentioned above, Tron included four different stages. I
absolutely loved one of the stage, hated one of the stages, and was kind of meh
on the other two. I didn't like the MCP Cone. I'd watch some players destroy
the whole cone and get bonus points, but I could never do it. No, I would try
and shoot out a narrow path, just wide enough for me to squeeze by and beat the
level. Unfortunately, it would expand
before I could get by it, and kill my guy. The I/O Tower and Battle Tanks were
okay as far as levels go. But by far, my favorite part of Tron was the lightcycles.
I can remember being a kid, playing Tron, and wishing there was a Tron game
that just let you play the light cycles. I was never very good at it - I think
I could only make it through two levels (it gets progressively more difficult).
You had to have quick reflexes and a sound strategy to beat the bad guy light
cycles. This was perhaps my favorite part of movie too.
There have been some sequels and ports of the game, but the
truth is, I've never played any other version than the original Tron arcade
game. While I know 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die is just a book
by a group of gamers/authors and their list of games, Tron is definitely one I
fully support being included on a list of this nature.
Tron is just the latest game I've been able to mark off the
list of 1,001 games I have to play before I die. And while I don't need to play
it again now since I've played it before, I would definitely love to step up to
that blue stick one more time and see how I do now. I'm not sure what game is
up next week, so be sure to check back and see if it is something you've played
or not. Until then, enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a great week.
Episode 1: 01 - 05 (here)
Episode 2: 06 - 10 (here)
Episode 3: 11 - 15 (here)
Episode 4: 16 - 20 (here)
Episode 5: 21 - 25 (here)
Episode 6: 26 - 30 (here)
Episode 7: 31 - 35 (here)
Episode 8: 36 - 40 (here)
Episode 41 (here)
Episode 42 (here)
Episode 43 (here)
Episode 44 (here)