Gary Eng Walk
March 08, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

We gave it an A

Taking you on a swift joyride through the history of videogames, Assault Rigs jolts you into realizing how far they’ve come. In the animated opener, a game junkie in search of a fix roams a futuristic arcade museum. After rejecting some ancient classics — starting with Pong — she hops into a virtual-reality pod that puts her, and eventually you, in control of Assault Rigs. You drive and shoot your way through multilevel mazes chockablock with enemy tanks and hazardous trenches; somewhere in this neon quagmire lies your pass to the next level. One day Rigs will go the way of Pong. For now, though, it’s at the top of its game. A

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