The Development of Robotron

Is there a classic arcade game player out there that doesn’t like Robotron? Released by Williams Electronics in 1982, it is the quintessential arcade shooter. Ferocious enemies, panic-inducing gameplay and sounds that match the action on screen like no other game of its time. Having spent 18 months developing the wildly successful side-scrolling shooters Defender…

Williams Robotron (EU) Restoration 3

So I’m in the home straight here with my Robotron upright restoration. If you missed Part 2, you can quickly catch up here. In short, we left the cabinet last time having just used filler to tidy up the bottom edges, which were disintegrating quite badly, and I wanted to patch those up so that…

Williams Robotron (EU) Restoration 2

So this cabinet has been sat in my garage for the best part of two years waiting for restoration work. To be fair, it’s been in a queue – things are getting stacked up out there in recent months. But with a week off work, I decided to try to make some progress recently, so…

Williams Robotron (EU) Restoration 1

You might recall I picked this cabinet up last year. It was in unrestored condition having been bought from an operator some 20 years ago, then stored. A good honest cab overall. If you missed the post I made at the time, do take a look here. It was an opportunity simply too good to pass by….

Williams Robotron: Weekend Pickup!

I really don’t need any more restoration projects. So of course when an opportunity came up to buy a rather rare European Williams Robotron upright cabinet, I jumped at the chance. Such is the madness of this hobby. But that’s it now – NO MORE. At least until the next cab comes up. (But seriously,…

Arcade Raid! Idaho Hotel & Barn

A rather grim arcade raid tale to share with you this week. With a population in the hundreds, Idaho City is a small town that sits north west of Boise, Idaho. Like many smaller towns across America, it didn’t escape the influx of classic arcade machines during the Golden Age of arcade gaming. Today, locals…

Robotron Cabaret Restoration 1

If you’re not familiar with Williams’ Robotron arcade game then you need to seek it out. A cornerstone of classic arcade gaming, it delivers relentless twitch shooter action in absolute spades. This is a game that delivers even today. Frenetic and colourful with sound effects to die for (literally), its gameplay pumps adrenaline through your…

Robotron: Enter the Time Machine

There’s nothing quite like a 35 year old restored arcade machine. Especially so when the restorer has sympathetically made the machine look brand new again. Many restorers have examples of cabs that are arguably better than new in terms of the parts, paints and artwork used. Let’s not forget, whilst today we look at these…