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Robot Arena is a computer game made by Infogrames. It features robotic combat similar to that of Battlebots, Robotica, and Robot Wars. There are a number of different chassis, and on top of that there are numerous attachments. Weapons, accessories, tires and other forms of mobility, batteries, and air tanks are among the customization choices. A sequel, called Robot Arena 2: Design and Destroy was made, which allows for total customization of your robot.

Weapons

There is a limited number of weapons in the game, but they cover the basics of robotic combat.

  • Hammer
  • Two-Sided Axe
  • Movable Saw blade
  • Saw Blade Rack
  • Spikes
  • Battering Ram
  • Piston
  • Spike
  • Switchblade (Only accessible via the 'cheatbot' cheat code.)
  • Chainsaw (Patch only)

Cheatbot and $

There are two cheat codes for the game, one of which is reused for the sequel. Naming your robot 'cheatbot' allows you to use all of the normally unaccessible components, such as switchblades and the 'badass tires' used on the 'Urban Menace' and the Skull used on the 'Zombie'. Also, pressing shift+4 ($) in the bot lab automatically sets your money to $50,000, even if your current amount is higher than that. Cheatbot returned in RA2, this time as cheatbot2, with a similar effect.

Criticism

Due to the major lack of customization, people were generally turned off by this game. There are a limited amount of chassis designs, and you can not use many of the weapons that you may have wanted. Other complaints include the fact that the game is two-dimensional, and robots can never leave the ground, meaning that popular weapons such as wedges, lifters, and throwers could not be used. The game is also somewhat glitchy, and has a hard time running on most computers, either because they are too slow or too fast. Many robots in the game are unrealistically overpowered (Such as Gammaraze II and Executioner) and would never be possible in real life. All of these problems were addressed in the sequel, making it much more popular.

Robots

There are a number of computer-built robots, listed here are some that were included in the original release

  • Wimpy
  • Gammaraze
  • Aquarius
  • The Patriot
  • Zombie
  • Urban Menace
  • Commando
  • Red Giant
  • Executioner

Later, a patch released online increased game difficulty, adding a few new robots, but also improving some of the existing ones:

  • Executioner
  • ScooterPie
  • Zombie
  • Urban Menace
  • Six-Pack
  • Commando
  • Aquarius
  • Pontoon
  • Triclops
  • The Patriot
  • Gammaraze II
  • Red Giant
  • Topknot

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