Tron Arcade

The TRON arcade game, inspired by the movie of the same name, is manufactured and distributed by Bally Midway in 1982. In 1983, Midway released Discs of Tron, which was inspired by the disc fight sequence of the movie. Another sequel followed in 2003 with computer game Tron 2.0. On January 10, 2008, the game was released for the Xbox Live Arcade. In the film Tron: Legacy, the arcade game makes a brief appearance, but it is shown as being manufactured by the company ENCOM instead of Bally Midway.

The arcade itself was distributed into four types: standard vertical (upright), the mini version of the standard, a “cocktail” format (table) and a closed version with a seat. The player embodies Tron, a security program meant to monitor the communication between the Master Control Program (MCP) and the real world. The game is divided into 4 sub-games inspired by the events of the film, namely the Light Cycles (the light motorbikes), battle tanks, the input and output tower (the portal) and the final battle between Tron and MCP. Each of these sub games has 12 levels that become increasingly difficult. The player must complete a level before proceeding to the next one. TRON was well received by critics, it even received the “Coin-Operated Game of the Year” by Electronic Games Magazine.

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