Craig Collins

Rise of The Robots – Builder Droid, an Amiga Animation by Craig Collins

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Rise of The Robots – Builder Droid

The 'New Generation' Amiga CD32 game «Rise of The Robots» by Mirage takes you to a future world, highly industrialised, where technologies have developed and crashed together to create a supreme super-tech society. Over centuries of technological progress, the planet has paid a heavy price. Life is only sustainable in huge city-states that constitute civilisation, the land and oceans beyond have been plundered for raw materials and are irretrievably polluted. Now, all life support: food, water and breathable air is manufactured in population centres. A ruling politico-military class controlls the production of these resources and manipulates the human underclasses accordingly. Internal social disorder is commonplace, both military and trade wars between city states are regularly instituted as a means of population control.

The servants of society are robots. The city state Metropolis 4, the setting for Rise, is the home of Electrocorp, the planet's major robot manufacturer. Electrocorp produce a huge range of machines for all possible applications, ranging from crude industrial droids right up to highly sophisticated military and bio-simulatory models. The Electrocorp manufacturing compley is entrely run by droids, managed day-to-day by the ultimate in robot technology, the polymorphic Supervisor class droid. The Supervisor is unique and has successfully run the Electrocorp plant for several month, that is, until she becomes infected by a highly pernicious computer Ego-Virus corrupting her behavioural programming and creating a vicious psychotic personality.

The only way to stop the Supervisor as she proceeds to take over the factory and reprogram its robot-workers, is to send in a human-based Cyborg to seek out and destroy her.

The BHF03 Builder droid (Code Name: Prime-8) is designed to supersede the more primitive Loader class. The huge BHF03 is designed to be able to carry heavy plant components around the engineering floors of manufacturing units.

BHF03 carries a highly developed power transfer system. From the high energy electro-magnetic server housed in the massive thorax, it is able to instantly switch bolts of energy through to the slave units within its limbs. The rapid response, especially of the Builder's arms, results in these huge masses of metal sweeping through the air to deliver blows with a force of several tons.

The Builder droid's rather top-heavy design, coupled with its limited intelligence, dictates a rather static combat style, the Builder tends to crouch rather than use its full height of some 3 metres. This tactic affords protection for its lower limbs and presents a squat armoured bulk to an attacker which can be difficult to penetrate.

© Walter Randelshofer. All rights reserved. Animations used under permission.