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Video Game: Revolution X
Aerosmith has been kidnapped by stormtroopers on rollerskates. Are you a bad enough dude to rescue Aerosmith?

Revolution X is a 1994 mounted light gun game from Midway Games. In it, you play a revolutionary who fights against a military faction known as New Order Nation (NON) who have criminalized all things fun and are arresting anyone between the ages of 13 and 30. You set out to stop them and all their heinous actions against the youth with your assault rifle and explosive CD launcher.

Yeah, it's just that kinda game.

For a side-scrolling shooter, the game was pretty impressive, using live action technology and camera zoom-ins and outs to create a rather frantic experience. The game was, of course, also notable for its use of Aerosmith pretty much just as a marketing vehicle for the band. And oddly, it worked; many Gen-X'ers who never had heard of Aerosmith before became fans of them due to their exposure to the game.

While Revolution X was very successful at the arcades, many game magazines and review sites put it as one of the Worst Games Ever on their lists. Though this is probably due to it being an unabashed vanity project, ridiculously sexist, had terrible console versions, and worse: a quarter-muncher! (The console ports are seriously crippled by granting only limited credits.)

Put simply, Revolution X is akin to an actual Aerosmith concert: pure spectacle, and meant to be played with a crowd. The ports to Genesis and Super Nintendo were less than happy, censoring the naughty bits and cutting graphical quality — thus eliminating any point to the game. The PC, Sega Saturn and PlayStation ports fare slightly better.

Here's a playthrough of the arcade version.

Should not be confused with The History Channel miniseries The Revolution 2006, the ABC series The Revolution, the NBC series Revolution and the Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode "Revolution". Should not be confused with the Films Revolution 1967, Revolution 1968, Revolution 1985, Revolution 1989, Revolution 2009, and Revolution 2012. Should not be confused with the 2013 short story The Revolution. Should not be confused with the Video Games Revolution 1986 and Re VOLUTION. Should not be confused with the production company Revolution Studios.

This game provides the following tropes:

  • Abnormal Ammo: The secondary fire function of your gun unleashes explosive compact discs.
  • Bad Bad Acting: While Steven Tyler hams it up as usual, Joe Perry delivers his lines in total monotone with no discerning facial expression at all. He just does not care.
    "Deez guys are maggots dey puttin' chemicals in all our food?"
  • The Baroness: I, for one, welcome our new leather-clad overlord.
  • Bee People: NON uniforms and vehicles sport a yellow-on-black color scheme, intentionally invoking this.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: A giant centipede awaits you at the end of the Amazon.
  • Blob Monster: A mid-boss in Evergreen Chemicals, a sentient slime that takes the form of a skull.
  • Bus Full of Innocents: NON actually has an armored school bus with gattling guns mounted on the roof to transport their hostages to a "Reprogramming Center." In Egypt.
  • The Can Kicked Him: Hang a leftnote  once you enter Club X. You'll get to ambush some hapless NON troopers in the toilet stalls. (As well as an embarrassed bassist. Sorry, Tom.)
  • Chased by Angry Natives: A hilariously racist pack of tribesman with masks and spears. The game justifies it slightly by stating they're under NON's mind control.
  • Cool Car: Steve's Lamborghini.
  • Coolest Club Ever: Club X, the opening level in Los Angeles.
  • Culture Police: The New Order Nation.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Steve's congratulatory, "Now you got protection!" whenever you pick up armor.
  • Elite Mooks: Skatetroopers are more intimidating then their yellow brethren, brandishing a riot helmet, a ballistic shield, and a voice like Darth Vader. They are highly vulnerable while moving, however, and will slip and fall. You should save your CDs for these guys; they can be troublesome. Also a threat are Yellowjackets, which take a bit more punishment, and Berzerkers, who charge at you with throwing knives and machine guns.
  • Evil Brit: Helga barks out threats in a cockney accent and dresses like a Sex Pistol - which is odd for an authority figure promoting cleanliness and order.
  • Executive Suite Fight: You face a Yellowjacket with a transforming desk at the end of Pacific Rim.
  • Expy: Helga's second form may as well be Mutoid Man.
  • Fanservice: Let's count all the scantily-clad women shall we?
  • Foot Popping: In the best ending, Kerri Hoskins quadruplets hang on Steve Tyler as he welcomes you into the band.
  • Game Over Man: Steven shouting "Don't give up!" when all the player's health is gone.
  • Gas Mask Mooks: The vast majority of NON's foot soldiers.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Believe it or not, the final boss appears to wear heart-print boxers.
  • Guide Dang It:
    • The game isn't very clear what you're supposed to do in certain battles. Such as the scientist who chucks grenades at you (you have to shoot the sign above him), the caterpillar boss (you have to keep it back during the chase then destroy the bridge when you reach that point) or the battle against Helga (you have to position her in front of the throne then blow her into it).
    • Additionally, Finding each member of Aerosmith (for the score-multiplying wings that unlock a bonus room at the end of the game) is also frustrating. You have to take an exact set of actions to find them, and you only get one shot for each. With one specific exception, it's nearly impossible (if not outright impossible) to find a member by accident:
      • Tom Hamilton appears in either the male or female restroom (which not only do you not know you can end up going into, but is determined randomly at the start of each game) early in level 1. Which one he is in is dependent on the very first movement after you reach the rooftops.
      • Steven Tyler appears on an alternate route that requires you to destroy a pair of fish with CDs and then break a mirror after reaching a certain point in the Lounge of level 1.
      • Brad Whitford actually has a map in the level (Pacific Rim) showing where he is, but getting to him is annoying: You have to go to a specific gate, shoot a box, shoot a sign that becomes exposed when the box is shot, and then quickly shoot the arrow that appears afterwards.
      • Joe Perry is located in a secret room inside another secret room accessed via a secret elevator (specifically, he's behind a grate in a room full of hostages) in the Amazon.
      • Joey Kramer can easily be obtained by pure coincidence - The unlock condition is to obtain 3 golden CDs from Sphinxes in the Middle East level. And fortunately, they're all pretty early. Unfortunately, the entire level is spent fighting against that freaking school bus.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: The Big Bad, Helga. By the way, that's her on the side of the arcade cabinet as seen in the flyer above.
  • Highly-Visible Ninja: The enemies you come across during the Pacific Rim Warehouse level. Heck, they look more like wrestlers than ninjas.
  • 100% Completion: Finding the hidden Aerosmith members in the game. Don't and you get a "Congrats, you win but didn't get everything" ending upon beating the game.
  • It's Up to You: Aerosmith can't help; they're too busy macking on Sonya Blade or riding a guitar over the moon.
  • Jungle Japes: The Amazon.
  • La Résistance: What you are essentially doing.
  • Levels Take Flight: Level Two, the chopper battle.
  • Limited Animation: One of many examples: the NON soldiers forcing Aerosmith out of the stage at the beginning of the game, followed by Helga appearing to taunt you.
  • Malevolent Mugshot: Helga's OBEY banners.
  • Marathon Boss: All of them, save for that insectoid thing in the Amazon stage (which only needs a gimmick to be beaten). They need an ungodly amount of hits to be taken down, and don't even stop shooting at you while they're being punished. Notably, the armored school bus has a time limit to be destroyed, but it can take so much punishment, you sometimes wonder how is it even possible to beat it. Not that it can't be done, mind you, it's just that hard.
  • McNinja: Sure, why not? They dress like Power Rangers, natch.
  • Metal Scream: Steven does his occasionally in response to the ongoing action.
  • Never Say "Die"
    NON pilot: Land the chopper now, or we will destroy you!
    Helga: I will destroy you!
  • Nintendo Hard: At least, if you play solo, this game is a pain in the ass. Supposedly, with more players to share firepower, it becomes more of a cakewalk.
  • Ominous Multiple Screens: The final stage, Wembley Sadium. Helga has taken control of the wall of monitors, which you'll have to destroy.
  • One-Winged Angel: Helga, the final boss of the game; after you knock her into her throne, she suddenly turns into some minotaur-like monster in biker clothing.
    • Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Yeah, said monster (named Mondor) is a guy. The implication was Helga was actually some evil alien thing in human disguise trying to brainwash us all.
  • The Power of Rock: "Music is the weapon!"
  • Reaching Between the Lines: Steve's dressing room mirror conceals a television screen. His recording tells you where to go next, then tosses you his car keys.
  • Rule of Sexy: Even the Grammy statuettes are busty in this game. This must be how the world looks through the eyes of Steve Tyler.
  • Shoot The Television: In the final stage, the player is confronted by a wall of monitors on which Head Mistress Helga taunts you. The player must destroy all of them before facing her directly.
  • Shout-Out: Mordor's nonplussed reaction to getting its legs blown off. "It's only a flesh wound!"
    • Also, the credits end with a "Llamas Trained by" credit, and the screen starts flashing to complete the reference.
    • Steve Tyler crying out, "TOASTY!" Well, this was made at the height of Kombatmania. Not to mention it's the same developer.
    • "Welcome to the real Pleasuredome! (Good ending only.)
    • Blow up the school bus in the Middle East and you get a screen informing you that "School's Out... Forever."
    • The New Order Nation's logo looks like a parody of the Nine Inch Nails logo.
  • Slave Mooks: Berserkers are ex-musicians who have succumbed to NON brainwashing. They are among the sturdiest enemies in the game, and hurl axe-shaped guitars (geddit?) at the screen.
  • Spiritual Successor: To the Terminator 2 shooter by the same developer. Several missions are identical, including the chopper shootout and the bus chase (both lifted from the HK battles in T2's ruined future).
  • Stripperiffic: All the cage dancers.
  • The Syndicate: The New Order Nation has shell companies all over the world, including Evergreen Chemicals and an outfit called KemmiTech. Their main function seems to be experimenting on scantily clad babes.
  • Thong of Shielding: Yes, those cage dancers are 'hostages'.
    • Somewhat justified in the labor yard, where the hostages are upgraded to... denim hot pants.
  • Twenty Bear Asses: You have to find all five members of Aerosmith to get the real ending. The members of the band are ridiculously hard to find, and you only get ONE chance to find each of them. These are five particularly annoying asses.
    • Not getting all five asses, in this case, results in quite the A Winner Is You situation. To sum it up: "You beat the game except you didn't, go find the members of Aerosmith!" All of the members of Aerosmith are hidden except for Brad Whitford, who actually has a map telling you where he is... but he's ridiculously difficult to reach. (As mentioned above, Tom Hamilton can be rescued in the very first level if you're quick to make a left [or right] turn upon entrance to Club X. The other four? Good luck.)
  • Writing Lines: "Helga's No Nos." An amusing way of outlining the game's goals.
    NO! Shooting power-ups
    NO! Looking for Aerosmith members
    NO! Tattoos
  • You ALL Look Familiar: Kerri Hoskins, best known for mocapping Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat 3, plays Mistress Helga. She also posed as the thong-clad cage dancers/chain gang prisoners/lab test subjects throughout the game.
  • Zerg Rush: NON troopers have the resiliency of tissue paper. Trouble is, they never stop coming.

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