So today a new film is making it’s way to theaters called “Real Steel”. I haven’t seen it yet, not sure if I will be seeing it but there are a lot of commercials about it on TV and some talk about it out there. From what I can tell, it’s Rock’Em Sock’Em Robots – the Movie. It probably has some Rocky dashed in there as well. It’s obviously tapping into the entertainment people get from TV shows like Robot Wars. The arcade industry has a game that will be tapping into this as well but it will allow people to actually control the robots for a change, a game we have been following for quite some time now called Robo Restle by Robotic Amusements and Namco America. While it doesn’t feature robots punching each other, it’s close enough for our purposes today. It has also come a long way since it was Robo Basho.
We heard that the final release version of RR was at the EAS 2011 show in London last month. To help you catch up on it, you control a robot with a joystick and buttons and the goal is to tip your opponent’s robot over as many times as possible within the given time limit. An LCD screen shows the time, scores and features an animated robotic announcer; the game will also have optional ticket redemption support. It’s a simple game that has always attracted attention at the shows and as such I imagine it will be a big draw at the arcade where there is nothing like it. I haven’t been able to get a final release time or price on it yet, perhaps that information will be handy when the IAAPA Expo arrives in about a month in Orlando. With the final version being shown at EAS, that most likely means you will be able to come across one starting this Winter. Here’s the most recent video I captured of the game in action, from this year’s Amusement Expo 2011. You can also read up on it a little from our preview page on RR here.