Craig Collins

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

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Rise of The Robots – Sentry 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.

Designed by Electrocorp's Japanese subsidiary, the Sentry droid is a further development of the technology used in the Exterminator droid's construction. Up until the Rise mission, the Sentry droid has been a pure research model employing prototype systems under test for future incorporation into a new generation of combat robots. Now the Supervisor has employed this model to be her first line of defence in a direct attack on her command floor high in the Electrocorp tower.

A fundamental difference between the Sentry and the Exterminator class droid is the Sentry's greater size. During this model's development it was necessary to incorporate a higher output central power supply in order to support the added energy-greedy systems, such as the super-rapid CPU and all-mode threat sensor hardware. The new power supply demanded a larger and stronger chassis, but which still retained basic humanoid articulation and agility, and so the 3.5 metre Sentry came in to beeing.

The particular Sentry model enlisted by the Supervisor in her defence, carries radio frequency particle defence shields and a dorsal jet pack to enhance the droid's already considerable leaping ability. The Sentry droid is coloured red for easy recognition during battlefield testing. Airborne agility and limb articulation in excess of the industry standard humanoid model, turns this robot into a high category threat for any opponent.

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