Terminator through time


The Terminator
(Bethesda, 1990) – DOS
As the first officially licensed Terminator game, you can either play as Kyle Reese and protect Sarah Connor, or you’re the Terminator and have to kill both. Apparently, the square mileage of the “3D” game is huge, representing a large chunk of central Los Angeles accurately. 

The Terminator
(Radical Entertainment, 1992) – NES
(Virgin Software, 1992) – Genesis, Sega CD
(Gray Matter, 1993) – SNES
The three versions of The Terminator follow the same basic platforming gameplay but are by no means identical. Each game follows the rough plot outline of the movie - play as Kyle Reese, run away from police officers, save Sarah Connor and stop the Terminator. Some key differences: the NES version begins with a platforming segment in the sewers OF THE FUTURE, while the Genesis version tasks you with blowing up giant robotic Hunter-Killers during the future war. And those versions destroy the Terminator with a giant steel press, unlike the SNES version which ends once you stick a pipebomb in the Terminator’s chest.

Above: A steel press dispatches of the killing machine in the NES version

Above: Same thing happens in the Genesis version

Above: However, the SNES version ends with a pipebomb to the chest

T2: The Arcade Game
(Midway/Virgin, 1991) – Arcade, Genesis, SNES, Game Gear, Game Boy, Amiga
A fairly popular lightgun game following the events of the second movie, the Arcade game utilized digitized actors from footage that was specially shot for the game. Shoot robots, cyborgs and blow the T-1000 away into molten steel. On home consoles the game utilized the Super Scope 6 for the SNES and Menacer for the Genesis.

Terminator 2
(LJN, 1991) – NES, Game Gear, Master System, Game Boy
(Ocean, 1991) – Amiga
(Flying Edge/LJN, 1991) – Genesis, SNES
If you notice those release dates, you’ll see that T2 actually hit shelves on every major platform before the Terminator platformer games were developed (not surprising considering the sequel was out in theaters at the time). And again, each game provided slightly different gameplay, even though they followed the events of the film closely. Essentially, the levels were made up of side-scrolling beat ‘em up stages and some driving levels. Our favorite gameplay idea? If you shot hospital employees in the knees in the NES version, you’re rewarded with a better gun at the end of the level.

Above: Punch and kick the T-1000 into molten steel in the NES version

Above: Shoot your chaingun at the lava monster in the SNES version

Above: Engage in fisticuffs on the Amiga. Be sure to knock his block off

Terminator 2: Judgment Day – Chess Wars
(Capstone Software, 1993) – DOS
Wow. Terminator characters… in a futuristic battle for humanity, the planet and all civilization as we know it… played out in a game of chess. That’s only slightly more epic than playing against the Grim Reaper.

Above: The eternal battle 


  • Pry0citer - October 25, 2009 11:39 p.m.

    The Sarah Connor Chronicles confused me so much... ugh
  • Pry0citer - October 25, 2009 11:32 p.m.

    The Sarah Connor Chronicles confused me so much... ugh
  • Abbie - May 29, 2009 8:38 a.m.

    This movie is very futuristic as it portrays the future on our technologies. The Terminator: Salvation reviews are starting to come in, and it looks like Terminator: Salvation is going to be a hit. The reboot film of the Terminator series, starring Christian Bale, is an update on the film series that began in 1984 with the release of the first film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The first film was shot for $6 million, and made over $80 million. Some people will look into a quick cash loan to see the new one. Salvation is a franchise reboot, as both prequel and sequel, and it's been getting a lot of buzz. It might be worth short term loans to see if the Terminator: Salvation reviews turn out well. Read more on this site:
  • Adam777 - May 23, 2009 5:06 a.m.

    Why is it that you can't bring weapons to the past because they are not organic, but you can get a Terminator to go to the past and most of its body is metal?
  • DagDabreemie - May 21, 2009 9:05 p.m.

    Wasn't the terminator in Duke Nukem Forever (2001 trailer)? "The world may never know..."
  • jar-head - May 21, 2009 3:44 a.m.

    and GR review of the next terminator gave it a 6/10..crap
  • Silentboy - May 20, 2009 11:06 p.m.

    Sarah Conner Chronicles made no sense. It takes place in 2007... 4 years after skynet launched according to T3. I think they added a female terminator as a gimmick.
  • Skykid - May 20, 2009 8:13 p.m.

    Here is something the Arnie bot would say, "I'll be back."
  • MGS4SolidSnake - May 20, 2009 8:06 p.m.

    i kind of like t3 rise of the machines on ps2...once i got cheats it was kind of fun..without cheats it kindo of sucks
  • pimlicosound - May 20, 2009 1:27 p.m.

    I had Terminator: Rampage on PC. It came on six 3.5" floppy disks. It wasn't worth it.
  • iKOemos - May 20, 2009 4:11 a.m.

    A Governator film needs to be made. NOW!
  • GearsofRabies - May 20, 2009 3:58 a.m.

    good idea
  • iluvmyDS - May 20, 2009 2:21 a.m.

    God I loved Robocop Versus The Terminator. Oh and the T2 arcade game.
  • GamesRadarShanePatterson - May 20, 2009 1:24 a.m.

    I would try harder to follow Sarah Connor Chronicles... but that show just got canceled! ZING!
  • tehperson123412 - May 20, 2009 12:56 a.m.

    The Terminator: Rampage did George Lizzie and Ralph have anything to do with it?
  • gmilf71 - May 19, 2009 11:33 p.m.

    lol dude I like the picture of ah-nold from T2 with the mini gun.
  • KakashiXIII - May 19, 2009 11:10 p.m.

  • Corsair89 - May 19, 2009 11:10 p.m.

    Yup, the story of the Sarah Conner Chronicles is unfollowable. ReCaptcha: rectal and... o_0 and what?
  • zIndianaJonesz - August 19, 2009 9:03 a.m. of the best sroryline games but some stories went a little to far other than that a great story overall
  • Demonflare - May 22, 2009 8:35 p.m.

    When I was little, my dad make me watch Terminator with him...BORING! I fell asleep. Wasnt interesting to me. Still is today.

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