You use the Influence Device to destroy the droids on each deck by shooting them, ramming them, or temporarily taking control of a droid's circuitry (called "transferring" in the game) to redirect its energy and armaments against its own kind.
Transferring to a droid is a key element of strategy in Paradroid, and the game's most fun feature. When you successfully transfer to another droid, the Influence Device assumes all of the capabilities and characteristics of that particular droid. It is always fun to discover each droid's abilities, especially since virtually every droid has more power than the Influence Device.
In addition to reflexes, sound strategy is also important in Paradroid because the Influence Device, or any droid that you have transferred to, will begin to run out of energy after a period of time. This means you have to continually transfer from one droid to the next to avoid getting burned out. With hundreds of screens spanning across 20 decks, the game will take you hours to finish - and you will enjoy every minute of it. This Windows remake is very faithful to the original, down to 16-color palette and a clean 2D interface. If you enjoy unique action games that require strategy to succeed, check out Paradroid, one of the best games of its kind. Highly recommended, and a well-deserved spot in our Hall of Belated Fame. There is also a few other remake versions being created, including the graphically enhanced FreeDroid (see related link below). A must-have!