RoboCop is a 1988 run-and-gun game developed and published by Data East. Based on the iconic 1987 movie of the same name, the game was released for a wide variety of platforms, including arcades Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Game Boy, MS-DOS, NES, and ZX Spectrum.
Overall, RoboCop went on to be a critical and commercial success. It received great reviews from gaming publications of the era across all platforms, and sold over 1 million copies on home computers. The ZX Spectrum version sold particularly well too, ending up as the best-selling game of 1989, and remained in the top five of sales charts until February 1991.
RoboCop puts you into the shoes of the titular protagonist, and has you slowly plod through levels as the character, defeating enemies who jump at you from all angles. There are no ways to speed up your character here, meaning you’re at the mercy of the game.
The game’s approach to combat is extremely strange, and is one of RoboCop‘s biggest criticisms overall. In fights, you can either punch enemies or shoot them. Fine, in theory. However, you actually can’t choose which of the two you do. Melee combat is the default, but you’ll also pull your gun out at random moments. This happens arbitrarily, whenever the game decides you’re allowed to use your gun, making RoboCop 50% beat-’em-up, 50% run-and-gun, and 100% frustrating.
There are just a few different levels in RoboCop, and the ultimate goal in each is to reach its respective boss battle. These come in different shapes and sizes, from a shootout in the President’s office to a final battle against a huge mech. While this variety is great in theory, the bland combat mechanics make these battles play extremely similar to one another.
RoboCop Main Characters
Despite being an adaptation of the movie, the RoboCop game never really gets into the characters and themes present. Instead, it throws you knee-deep into the action, without ever really explaining the hows and whys of it all.
While RoboCop may share its titular protagonist and antagonist with its movie equivalent, don’t expect the same depth in its story here.
- RoboCop: RoboCop was previously Alex Murphy, a cop from Detroit who was killed by gang violence while on duty. He is brought back to life by the corporation Omni Consumer Products as RoboCop, a police officer custom-built to fight against crime with an unwavering sense of justice.
- Clarence Boddicker: As the main antagonist of the movie, Clarence Boddicker is the big villain of the game, too. You must bring him to justice by chasing him down over the course of the game.
RoboCop Titles in the Series
Over the years, the RoboCop games have always felt secondary to the movies. That isn’t to say there haven’t been good games in the series – the three NES games received particular praise. However, the games have always felt like they were riding on the coattails of the films, made out of necessity rather than a true labor of love.
Over the last two decades, as the franchise’s popularity waned, video games in the series have become less prominent, with only two efforts to speak of. The first, RoboCop – The Official Game, is a cheap mobile tie-in to a movie remake nobody particularly wanted, and is probably one of the worst offenders when it comes to lazy cash-ins.
With 2023’s RoboCop: Rogue City, everything changed. This was the first release that truly made you feel like RoboCop, where you could tell that the developers had a deep love and respect for the franchise. With Rogue City receiving rave reviews and exceeding all sales expectations, let’s hope it proves a strong foundation for even more amazing RoboCop games to come in the future.
- RoboCop (1988)
- RoboCop 2 (1990)
- RoboCop 3 (1991)
- RoboCop Versus The Terminator (1993)
- RoboCop (2001)
- RoboCop (2003)
- RoboCop (2004)
- RoboCop – The Official Game (2014)
- RoboCop: Rogue City (2023)
RoboCop Cheat Codes
The story of RoboCop cheat codes is similar to a lot of games of the era. There are no cheats for the game out of the box. However, with the use of an emulator, you can use Game Genie cheats on the NES and Game Boy versions instead. These third-party cheats allow you to manipulate RoboCop in a variety of ways, including invincibility, infinite ammo, and more! To enter these codes seen below, make sure you’re using a ROM for the correct console version of the game.
RoboCop Game Genie Cheats (NES)
These Game Genie codes can only be used on the NES version of RoboCop.
|Cheat Code Effect
|Allows you to start the game on level 2.
|Allows you to start the game on level 3.
|Allows you to start the game on level 4.
|Allows you to start the game on level 5.
|Allows you to start the game on level 6.
|Gives you the Cobra Gun. Do not use at the same time as the Machine Gun code.
|Gives you the Machine Gun. Do not use at the same time as the Cobra Gun code.
|Every single kill is worth the maximum of 255 points.
|Bosses will die automatically.
|Makes it so that you can’t harm civilians.
|Disables all music in-game.
|Gives you full power on power food pick-up.
|Allows you to hit enemies from anywhere.
|Gives you infinite “T.”
|Gives you infinite ammo.
|Gives you infinite health.
|Gives you infinite time.
|Gives you total invincibility.
|Gives you maximum time on battery pick-up.
|Allows you to press Start to complete the current level. However, this does disable pausing the game.
|Allows RoboCop to use his gun at any point in a stage.
|The secret wall in the White House is already broken through, you just have to walk into it after using this cheat.
|Gives you triple the normal power on power food pick-up.
|Gives you triple the normal time on battery pick-up.
|Gives you invincibility, but only against enemy bullets.
|Gives you invincibility, but only against touching enemies.
RoboCop Game Genie Cheats (Game Boy)
These Game Genie codes can only be used on the Game Boy version of RoboCop.
|Cheat Code Effect
|Gives you infinite ammo.
|Gives you infinite energy.
|Gives you infinite superguns on pick-up.
|GIves you infinite time. It will appear as if the timer is going down, but it will reset at the end.
|Start with half energy.
|Start with double energy.
RoboCop Cheat Code FAQs
Does RoboCop Have Achievements?
No. Since RoboCop was released in 1988, it lacks the achievement capabilities of modern titles. If you’re looking for a game in the series that does have achievements, why not try RoboCop: Rogue City?
How Do I Enter RoboCop Game Genie Cheats?
You can enter RoboCop cheats in two ways. The first is by owning a Game Genie cartridge for either your Game Boy or NES, but this is unlikely as they’re quite tough to come by nowadays.
Instead, most still playing RoboCop in the modern era are more likely to be using an NES or Game Boy emulator. This is perfect, because most emulators support Game Genie cheats out of the box. All you have to do is find the Cheats section of your emulator – this will be different depending on what emulator you’re using, but we promise it’ll be there. You may have to specify that you’re using a Game Genie cheat, usually via a checkbox. From here, all that’s left is to add the cheat code!
What is the Invincibility Cheat in RoboCop?
To get invincibility in RoboCop, enter the code “LLNTTZIU SLXUYTAX” into the Cheats section of your emulator. This should give you total invincibility from death.
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