Atomic Robo-Kid

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Atomic Robo-Kid
North American promotional sales flyer
Designer(s)Tsutomu Fujisawa
Platform(s)Arcade, TurboGrafx-16, Sega Genesis, Commodore 64, Atari ST, Amiga, Sharp X68000
  • JP: November 1988
  • NA: 1989
Genre(s)Scrolling shooter
Mode(s)Single player, multiplayer
CPUZilog Z80 Edit this on Wikidata

Atomic Robo-Kid (アトミック・ロボキッド) is a horizontally-scrolling shooter arcade game released by UPL in 1988.[1] In America, the game was published by Nikøm, Inc.


In the 21st century, a blast of cosmic radiation bombarded Terra-12, a deep-space outpost of Earth, hideously mutating all transplanted life. A fleet of savage beings followed the radiation wave and invaded the planet and began the systematic destruction of all remaining sentient life. Years of battling the alien 'governors' have gone by, and now only one hope survives to avenge the desperate terran colonists.



The player controls the titular character through six stages of increasing difficulty, facing an alien "governor" boss (which are so large as to be considered levels in and of themselves, as some of the bosses take up several screens) at the end of each level, followed by a "duel" level against other Robo-Kid sized robots. Many levels branch into others, giving the player the choice over which zone to enter next, increasing replayability.

Robo-Kid can collect four different weapons (whichever weapon is selected is lost when Robo-kid loses a life) in addition to his default gun, collect powerups for a shield that activates on enemy contact, plus rapid fire and speed powerups. The player can also encounter a friendly dinosaur-looking robot that sells weapons and shields to Robo-kid using extra lives as currency.


The game was ported to the TurboGrafx-16, Sega Genesis, Commodore 64, Atari ST, Amiga, and Sharp X68000. The TurboGrafx-16 version was called "Atomic Robo-Kid Special" since it was an adaptation of the arcade version, rather than a straight conversion.

A demo was distributed of the ZX Spectrum version [2] before it was cancelled.

The game was released on the Nintendo Switch in the Nintendo eShop on 15 November 2018 by Hamster Corporation as part of their Arcade Archives series.[3]


In Japan, Game Machine listed Atomic Robo-Kid on their March 1, 1989 issue as being the eighth most-successful table arcade unit of the year.[4]


  1. ^ "Atomic Robo-Kid". The International Arcade Museum. Retrieved 1 Nov 2013.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Lane, Gavin (2020-03-13). "Guide: Every Arcade Archives Game On Nintendo Switch, Plus Our Top Picks". Nintendo Life. Retrieved 2020-03-28.
  4. ^ "Game Machine's Best Hit Games 25 - テーブル型TVゲーム機 (Table Videos)". Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 351. Amusement Press, Inc. 1 March 1989. p. 29.

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