CULT FACTION

For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

Gyromite (1985)

Gyromite was a video game released in 1985 for the Nintendo Entertainment System, designed for use with the Robotic Operating Buddy (R.O.B.):

SONY DSC

Gyromite is one of two games in Nintendo’s Robot Series, the other being Stack-Up (AKA Robot Block).

The opening screen of the game shows the title Robot Gyro, the Japanese name of the game for the Family Computer. Essentially, the Gyromite game program is unchanged from the Famicom Robot Gyro cartridge, and many Gyromite cartridges contain the circuit board from a copy of Robot Gyro, attached to an adapter that allows the game to be played on NES consoles. Famicom games had 60-pin connectors, so the adaptor converted the game so it can be used with the 72-pin connector in an NES.

Professor Hector and his assistant, Professor Vector, navigate side-scrolling platform levels with the help of their creation, R.O.B. Their lives are threatened by dynamite and hungry little bird-like creatures called Smicks, and Professor Hector’s sleep-walking tendencies get him in trouble as well.

As the Professor character moves through the levels, R.O.B. must aid navigation by raising and lowering red and blue gates. When a Gyro depresses the red pedestal, a lever presses the B button on Controller #2 and red gates are lowered. When a Gyro depresses the blue pedestal, a lever presses the A button on Controller #2 and blue gates are lowered. The action on the screen never stops, so while operating R.O.B., the on-screen character continues to be vulnerable.

Related Posts
Zork: The Great Underground Empire – Part I (1980)

Released in December 1980, Zork: The Great Underground Empire - Part I aka Zork I was an interactive fiction video game written by Marc Blank, Dave Lebling, Bruce Daniels and Tim Read more

Vice-Project Doom (1991)

In the distant future, the B.E.D.A. Corporation, a company involved in the development of electronic equipment and military weapons, is actually a front operated by a race of alien beings who Read more

The Revenge of Shinobi (1989)

The Revenge of Shinobi takes place three years after the first game, the criminal organization Zeed from the original game has since reformed and have renamed themselves "Neo Zeed". They Read more

The Punisher: The Ultimate Payback! (1991)

The Punisher: The Ultimate Payback! released in 1991 by Acclaim Entertainment is the Game Boy version of the 1990 NES console game The Punisher about the Marvel comics vigilante Frank Castle, also Read more

The Attack of the Phantom Karate Devils (1983)

Hitting the Commodore 64 in 1983, The Attack of the Phantom Karate Devils was developed by John Orthel for Phantom Software. It is viewed by many as the first fighting game on Read more

The Amazing Spider-Man (1990)

The Amazing Spider-Man is an action / puzzle platformer video game. The game was developed by Oxford Digital Enterprises Ltd., and released in 1990 for the Amiga, and later ported Read more

Spider-Man and Captain America in Doctor Doom’s Revenge (1989)

Spider-Man and Captain America in Doctor Doom's Revenge was a side-scrolling computer game starring Marvel Comics'superheroes Spider-Man and Captain America battling a host of super-villains led by Doctor Doom. The Read more

Spider-Man – Atari 2600 (1982)

In 1982 Parker Brothers made history by releasing Spider-Man for the Atari 2600 - it wasn't only the first ever video game to feature Spider-Man, it was also the first ever Marvel Comics Read more

Space Ace (1983)

Produced by Don Bluth Studios, Cinematronics and Advanced Microcomputer Systems (later renamed RDI Video Systems), Space Ace landed in October 1983 and in it we followed Dexter, who prefers to be called "Ace." Read more

Robotron 2084 (1982)

Developed by Eugene Jarvis and Larry DeMar of Vid Kidz and released by Williams Electronics (part of WMS Industries) in 1982, Robotron: 2084 is a shoot'em up set in the year Read more

Founded Cult Faction in 2014. Some would describe him as a teacher, writer, dream weaver, and visionary... some would not...

%d bloggers like this: