Judge Dredd (Prototype)

In 1992, Midway developed an arcade scrolling beat-em-up based on the popular British comic series, Judge Dredd. The game ran on the same hardware as Mortal Kombat II, and utilised a similar digitised graphical style. The game reached a near-complete state, with some odd glitches here and there, but with 3 stages finished, and 3 bonus stages after each ‘main’ level. Each stage was different in some way, such as the first being a normal scrolling brawler-style stage, the second being closer to a platform game, and the third being a unique concept, where Dredd has to fight off waves of ‘block warriors’, making sure that the two ever-decreasing bars never reach the bottom- if one of them is emptied, the stage is over and has to be repeated. After the final level is beaten, the game ends with a preview for the next level, apparently featuring the character Judge Death from the comics.

Although relatively innovative in that regard, the game never reached mass-production, most likely because it failed at location test (which could be due to the lack of familiarity with the Judge Dredd license, the high difficulty of the game, or perhaps because of the off-putting control layout, shown in the gallery.) Whatever the reason, the game has been preserved, and is playable in the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME.)


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