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Video Game / The Adventures of Robby Roto

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The Adventures Of Robby Roto is a 1981 arcade video game by Bally/Midway, developed by Jay Fenton. In the game, you control the main character Robby, who must rescue three of his friends who are trapped in the mines of the evil Voltar, all the while avoiding creatures such as the Sinister Spider, the Wicked Troll, and the Jawbones. Once he finds a hostage, Robby must find a key in order to escape and return to the surface.

The game was such a failure, with only 2,000 units produced, that its rights were reverted to its creator. At present, it is one of the games that is freely and legally available for download to use with the M.A.M.E. emulator.

This game provides examples of

  • Endless Game: You play until you run out of lives.
  • Expy: Robby resembles a red Pac-Man with a miner's helmet.
  • Invincibility Power-Up: The Magic button gives Robby a few moments of invulnerability that can only be used once per stage.
  • Protection Mission: You must protect your friends from being recaptured once you find them.