North American Revolution X arcade flyer.
Rage Software (SNES, Mega Drive, PS1, Saturn)
Vince Pontarelli (guitar solos)
|Release date(s)||May 23, 1994 (Proto 5.0)
June 16, 1994 (Revision 1.0, current)
|Mode(s)||Up to 3 players/2 players in console versions|
|Cabinet||Deluxe 3-Player cabinet
Upright 2-player conversion kit
|Arcade system||Midway X Unit (Revision 1.0 6/16/1994)|
|CPU||Main CPU: TMS34020 @ 10 MHz
Sound CPU: ADSP2105 @ 10 MHz
|Sound||DMA-driven @ 10 MHz|
Revolution X is an arcade rail shooter game developed and published by Midway in 1994, featuring the rock band Aerosmith. It features gameplay similar to Midway's earlier Terminator 2: Judgment Day. In the game, players battle the oppressive New Order Nation regime and their leader Helga, who have abducted Aerosmith. Players use a mounted gun to control onscreen crosshairs and shoot enemies using compact discs. The members of Aerosmith are hidden throughout the game's international locales and must be found in order to receive the game's true ending.
In a dystopian version of 1996, an alliance of corrupt government and corporate military forces have taken control of the world in the guise of the "New Order Nation" (NON). The NON, with their vampish commander Head Mistress Helga (portrayed by Kerri Hoskins)), have declared war on youth culture (anyone aged from 13 to 30) and have banned all forms of music, television, magazines, and video games. The player travels to "Club X" in Los Angeles to see Aerosmith perform live, but the band is captured by NON troops and hustled off the stage in the middle of their show. It is now the player's duty to rescue Aerosmith by traveling all around the world and defeating NON forces, then finally Helga herself. 
Revolution X is a first-person rail shooter in which the player has to shoot targets including NON soldiers and vehicles, with the ultimate goal of rescuing the band. Players start the game at Club X in Los Angeles. They can then battle NON forces in Amazon jungle, the Middle East and Pacific Rim. Finally, the players advance to Wembley Stadium for the final battle with Helga and the surviving NON forces. Throughout the game, objects can be shot that may reveal power-ups like health-replenishing shakes, CDs, the more powerful laserdiscs, Super Guns, Skull Bombs and shields. Players can also find hostages and free them throughout the game for extra points.
The five members of Aerosmith are hidden in secret locations throughout the game. Each one will present the player with a set of Aerosmith wings when found. All members must be found in order to see the real ending, go backstage after defeating Helga and play a bonus level to collect high-value Mammy Awards.
Development and release
Mortal Kombat II features an advertisement with the old Revolution X logo that arcade operators could toggle on and off. Occasionally after a large in-game explosion, Steven Tyler can be heard saying "Toasty!" in a high-pitched voice in reference to an easter egg in Mortal Kombat II.
The game was originally developed as a title based on the film Jurassic Park. However, Sega acquired the rights instead and eventually released its own arcade game based on the film. Midway then retooled its concept to revolve around Aerosmith.
The first release labeled Proto 5.0 (5/23/1994) is lacking several speech samples spoken by members of Aerosmith, has a shorter Pacific Rim level, and features the old Aerosmith logo. Revision 1.0 (6/16/1994) restored the missing speech samples and has the complete Pacific Rim level and completed the both new crosshair in P2 and P3 and the current Aerosmith logo.
Revolution X was released as upright two player and deluxe three player arcade units and as a conversion kit for existing gun games such as Terminator 2: The Arcade Game.
The soundtrack consists of several Aerosmith songs continuously looped, including "Eat The Rich", "Sweet Emotion", "Toys in the Attic" and "Walk This Way". A Muzak version of "Love in an Elevator" plays in the elevator part of the Amazon Jungle level. The soundtrack was featured in the CD Offer after playing or during attract mode.
None of the home versions is light gun compatible. The Super NES and Sega Mega Drive ports tone down the blood and the exotic dancers (also played by Kerri Hoskins) who were showing off their thongs have been turned around so they are facing the screen. CD-based console versions feature more blood, but the dancers are still facing the screen.
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