Keeping an eye on the coin-op gaming scene
Armed Resistance is a thirdperson arena shooter from Universal Space that recalls the chunky, bullet-strewn brawling of Sega’s Outtrigger. With support for up to 16 linked cabinets, two eightstrong teams compete for the most points by the end of each round. Points are scored through kills and by taking control of enemy base stations, while the match will end early if you destroy the opposing team’s ‘core’.
If there aren’t 16 players or cabs available, the remaining slots are filled by AI. The units themselves are transforming robots, which do as good a job as the officially licensed games in evoking the spirit of Hasbro’s toy line.
Gameplay is fast-paced, with plenty of screen-rumbling explosions, and there are three stages on which to wage war: Harbour, Desert Storm and Ruins. While it looks great, the robots’ turning circles are surprisingly sluggish, compounded by the lack of a strafing manoeuvre. Universal Space has implemented a gentle autoaim, however, and there’s still time for movement to be tweaked before the final build. But one aspect that already works well is the robots’ transformation, triggering a satisfyingly clunky animation and a Hasbro-lawyerbaiting sound effect. The game is slated to appear in arcades soon.
Game ArmedResistance Manufacturer Universal Space