Judge Dredd is a 2D side-scrolling action game, featuring both platforming and shooter elements, that was released for a number of systems by Acclaim. UK developer Probe Entertainment developed the game shortly before they were purchased by Acclaim in October 1995 and became Acclaim Studios Cheltenham. It is based on the 2000AD comic book series Judge Dredd, and to an extent the 1995 movie adaptation of the same name.
In Mega City One the peace is kept by the Judges: an enforcement agency that replaced the crumbling court and police services whose members are able to legally enact punishments for crimes on the spot, with sentences ranging anywhere from long-term imprisonment in the "cryocubes" to death. The most feared of these Judges is Judge Joseph Dredd, who has a legendary reputation for apprehending "perps", or criminal perpetrators. The player assumes the role of Judge Dredd as he moves across twelve regions of Mega City One and the "Cursed Earth" post-apocalyptic wasteland region that surrounds it, capturing criminals and completing objectives.
The game's events cover the 1995 Sylvester Stallone movie, in which Judge Dredd's brother Rico (a criminal and former Judge) frames Dredd for murder. The game also features Dredd's recurring nemeses the Dark Judges: sadistic demons from an alternate universe that present a grim mockery of the Judges.