by David Geer
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Are You Getting It?
You could be getting into RoboGeddon — a good-sized scale version
of events like BattleBots or Robot Wars — without traveling very far.
The portable robot battle game comes to you via trailer at your
local amusement park or event, as well as being available as a
permanent install at some attractions (mostly in the UK for now).
The “mobile or static, High Octane
Robotic Combat System” brings the
arena and ready-made battle bots
wherever an event or gathering hires
the system and its operators/makers
to come. Highly successful since
2004 when RoboGeddon debuted at
LEGOLAND of Windsor (UK), the game
has gone on to be a highly sought
attraction by amusement vendors and
RoboGeddon’s parts include the
Arena (either portable or “static” as
the creators like to say, meaning set
permanently in one place) and four 80
kg robots. The robots can flip each
other over and get themselves upright
when fallen in battle (with player
assistance by remote) by use of the
same, single flipper.
There is also a computerized game
control system with music, a public
address system, and sound effects that
interact with game play. Robots are
controlled by radio transmissions.
RoboGeddon can be coin-operated
in “stand alone” mode (controlled by
the master computer control system),
as in a large arcade attraction or be
operated by a live operator.
During game play, you try to score
points by ramming your bot into the
other player’s “bump goals,” behind
which the respective players also
control their robots. “The early
prototype bumpers on the bots,” says
RoboGeddon representative Andrew
Cotterell, “were made of steel but we
discovered that a 80 kg robot traveling
at 6 mph into another traveling at the
same speed tended to bend the
bumpers — we now use plastic
bumpers with shock mounts.”
A winner is decided by highest
score after a round of two minutes.
A RoboGeddon battle in progress, flippers a-flying!
Fully inflated RoboDome surrounds RoboGeddon
while crowds watch.
20 SERVO 01.2007