Another Sunday (Note: This was originally scheduled to post yesterday but due to technical difficulties I had to wait until today) 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 Utopia, a game labeled by many as Civilization 0.5, but a game I couldn't really make heads or tails of. I did find a place to play it, although I never really quite knew if I was actually playing it or not. I'm glad that one is done and over. Let's see what this week has in store for us.

This week's featured game is...

I, Robot

I, Robot is an arcade game designed by Dave Theurer and published by Atari Inc. in June 1984, with only a total of 750-1500 machines produced. The arcade machine comes with two games. The first is I, Robot, a multi-directional shooter that has the player assume the role of "Unhappy Interface Robot #1984", a servant bot that rebels against Big Brother. The object of the game involves the servant bot going through 126 levels, turning red squares to blue to destroy Big Brother's shield and eye. The player can switch to the second game, Doodle City, a drawing tool that lasts for three minutes.

I, Robot is known for being the first commercial video game with filled 3-D polygon graphics and featured flat shading, as well as being the first video game to feature camera control options. Its name was originally "Ice Castles", but was changed to "I, Robot".

Upon release of the game, I, Robot received poor reception and was a financial flop. Approximately 750-1500 units of the game were created, with few having been confirmed to exist today. However, the remaining arcade cabinets have become rare collectibles and the game has received later praise for its innovative 3D graphics. (Wikipedia)

I absolutely loved I, Robot the movie...and I knew it was based off of the earlier science fiction short stories of the same name by Isaac Asimov...but I have never heard of I,Robot the arcade cabinet game from 1984. And after reading the description of it at Wikipedia...I'm not surprised. Sounds like it didn't do so well; sounds like we're in for another treat.

The game was difficult to find, to say the least. I couldn't find an online version of it, so I had to use an emulator and ROM. They say the game is revolutionary because it uses filled 3-D polygon graphics and featured flat shading, as well as being the first video game to feature camera control options. The game is actually pretty cool, especially for its time. It reminds a lot of Star Fox, although I, Robot was on scene about 10 years before Star Fox. Maybe a Star Fox - F-Zero hybrid.

I don't know how long the game lasts or if it is even winnable. It is fun, which is a relief...since I thought the description of it was fairly bleak. But its bright colors and fast-paced action were surprisingly appealing.

Since I played the game, or should I say, I experienced the game...I guess I can mark it off my list.  It was a much needed relief from some of the other games from the past few weeks. I am a bit surprised it was received so harshly by it's critics, yet we now praise the game and its limited accomplishments.

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.


Previous Episodes:

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)

Episode 45 (here)

Episode 46 (here)

Episode 47 (here)