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Tron Arcade
Discs Of Tron Arcade
Intellivision
Atari 2600
Tomy Tabletop

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Original Advertising Flyer

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Technical Specs

Manufacturer: Bally Midway
Year: 1982
Conversion Class: Midway MCRII
Number of Simultaneous Players: 1
Maximum number of Players: 2 (Alternating)
Control Panel Layout: Single Player
Controls:

bulletRotary: Optical - Direction of Fire
bulletJoystick: 8-way with button - Fire/Throttle

Sound: Unamplified Stereo (requires two-channel amp)

Abstract

This game has four distinct games per level: Lightcycles, Grid Bugs, Tanks, and the MPC Cone. All four games must be completed before you can advance to the next level.

Cabinet Information

The uniquely-shaped upright cabinet featured characters and objects from the movie on the side-art, while the control panel and much of the other cabinet surfaces were painted with "circuit lines" similar to those seen in many of the film's set designs. The control panel also featured a pair of blacklights, one located just above the controls behind a clear plastic shield and one underneath the panel; together, these caused the translucent-blue joystick and the fluorescent paint used on the cabinet "circuit lines" to glow. In a darkened arcade, the effect was quite eerie!

Cheats, Tricks and Bugs

bulletIn the Lightcycle stage, the cycles have a fixed behavior pattern for each stage; and so, like Pac-Man, it is possible to find a pattern of your own which will defeat the cycles every time on that level.
bulletIn the Tanks stage, if no part of your tank is touching the white line running through the center of each corridor, the enemy tanks' fire can't hit you. If you're careful, you can move halfway into the central "transporter diamond", just far enough to get off the white line, then pick the enemy tanks off at will. Note: the tanks can still ram you, though.

Gameplay

bulletLight Cycles: The player controls a Light Cycle that leaves a blue trail. The joystick controls the direction of travel and the trigger controls the speed of the bike. The object is to force the enemy Light Cycles (yellow) to run into each other or the trails while avoiding crashing.
bulletGrid Bugs: Destroy the Grid Bugs and escape into the I/O Tower before the timer runs out. The stick controls the movement of your character and the whirlygig controls the direction of fire.
bulletTanks: Destroy all enemy tanks or Recognizers to clear the level. The stick controls the movement of your tank and the whirlygig controls the direction of fire.
bulletMCP Cone: Destroy the blocks (similar to Breakout) and move your character into the cone to clear the level. A bonus is awarded if you destroy all the blocks. The stick controls the movement of your character and the whirlygig controls the direction of fire.

Miscellaneous

The game has 12 levels of play that are cleverly named after programming languages, until the player achieves the ultimate level of USER.

bulletRPG
bulletCOBOL
bulletBASIC
bulletFORTRAN
bulletSNOBOL
bulletPL1
bulletPASCAL
bulletALGOL
bulletASSEMBLY
bulletOS
bulletJCL
bulletUSER

Trivia

Discs of Tron was supposed to be included in Tron, but the programming was not completed in time.

External Tron Arcade Links

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Tron... The Game

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Tron Arcade Manual

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A Picture Of The TRON Arcade Game from the St. Louis Coin-Op and Video Game Museum (RIP)

Emulation

Emulators are software applications written to simulate hardware so that software thinks it is running on the original hardware.  Emulation is currently a bit of a legal gray area, and it is a big no-no to distribute both the ROM image files for games and the emulator software itself.  The emulator software is updated so frequently, that I'm just gonna link to the places to get the newest versions anyway.

Here are locations to get the emulator applications (MAME is the one you want for this)
bulletRetrogames
bulletArcade@Home

MAME arcade emulator rom:
bulletTron

To install MAME and the rom, unzip the emulator to a folder such as C:\MAME.  Once unzipped, place the TRON.ZIP file in the ROMS sub-folder.  Just leave the rom file in zipped form.  You will most likely want to install a graphical front-end for MAME.  I highly recommend MAME Wizard or Arcade@Home (Inside the "Front-Ends" section).  Instuctions for the front-ends are on the sites.

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Last Updated Thursday, May 31, 2001