Roboto – the Epic SCI-FI Platformer for Phones and Tablets!
Sep 7, 2011 8:43 AM –
Roboto a console quality action platformer old skool style! Roboto is an epic platformer with over 30 exciting levels, epic end boss battles, and addictive mini-games. Roboto is a BIG game and requires a device with at least a 1GHz processor for optimal performance. Now with SD support!
Tested on: Motorola Xoom, Sony Xperia Play
Pros & Cons:
- Console quality graphics and three-dimensional environments!
- Unique physics system allows you to play with reverse gravity!
- Extremely addictive gameplay!
- Incredibly enjoyable platformer for Android!
- Epic soundtrack & boss fights!
- Over 30 unique levels!
- Not quite as graphically impressive as some competitors like Cordy.
- Such an enjoyable game needs more levels!
Roboto is an excellent side-scrolling platformer for Android in the style of past epics like Sonic the Hedgehog or the current Android hit Cordy. Roboto is the story of a teenage robot boy who loses his one true love on a rocket ship to another planet. In order to be be reunited with her he must fight through many levels and worlds to get to where she is. Roboto features over 30 playable levels, epic boss battles, unique anti-gravity dynamics, OpenFeint support, and an epic soundtrack!
The game begins with an excellent animated video clip explaining the basic premise. Just as he is meeting his love then beginning to talk with her she is taken away on a rocket ship and disappears up in to the sky. In order to get her back he needs to follow her into outer space and fight through the evil robots in his way!
The level selection mechanic in Roboto is very similar to the Android game Cordy. All of the levels in the game are broken down by worlds. With 10 levels per world before moving on to the next. Instead of progressing through the game level by level with a mission select screen, the game instead has doors for each level that you can choose to play; with locks over doors of levels that have not been unlocked through progression yet. In order to play a level you must guide Roboto’s character in to one of the doors and then the game will start. Some levels are even hidden in high areas in the level requiring you to wall jump to get to them.
The gameplay in Roboto is excellent. You have to guide Roboto through a each level attacking enemies, collecting gears, conserving energy, and navigating anti-gravity while attempting to reach the level exit. The levels feature many unique obstacles like directional platforms which increase Roboto’s movement speed greatly, electrified platforms which injure him, and anti-gravity zones where Roboto is required to navigate the level upside down and if he misses a jump he flies out of the ozone and dies. The levels are fun to play, but challenging at the same time giving the game an excellent replay value and keeping you focused on your game objectives.
Roboto uses energy for everything that he does during the game. Basically he has a battery pack which is health, his ammunition, and his jet pack fuel. When Roboto collides with an enemy he loses some of his energy, and when his energy gets to zero he is extremely handicapped. Many areas in the game require you to kill an enemy to progress farther in the level, without energy Roboto cannot progress through the level and cannot use his Jet pack to fly over dangerous zones.
Roboto also has excellent boss battles at the end of every world. These boss battles are very similar to those you would encounter with games like Castle Crashers for Xbox 360 or Donkey Kong Country for Nintendo Wii. The bosses tend to be humorous and have special abilities with a specific pattern, once you figure out the pattern you can take out the boss. However, the boss battles are not easy. Roboto does not have infinite energy during boss battles and one hit from a boss can easily drain half of his energy bar, so make sure that you focus on not getting hit before you focus on the kill.
Finally Roboto supports OpenFeint. This allows you to partake of the in-game achievement system and compete internationally with other players for high scores on each level. Achievements are unlocked during regular gameplay, and scores can be submitted at the end of every level inside of the Roboto application by simply hitting the “Submit” button before progressing to the next level.
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Roboto Start Level
Roboto Dark Level
Roboto Walking on the Roof
Roboto Level End
Roboto Main Menu
Roboto Level Select
Roboto Open Feint Leaderboards
Roboto Open Feint Achievements
Roboto is very fun to play. The levels are extremely addictive and challenging and I love the way that every action in the game is controlled by energy. This makes the game more challenging and allows you to concentrate on conserving all of your resources for future battles.
The boss fights are also challenging and loads of fun. The first boss fight is difficult almost solely because of energy conservation. Meanwhile the second boss fight is difficult due to the severe destructive nature of the boss and his minions and energy is plentiful. Roboto is by far one of the most enjoyable single player games I have played on Android, being on par if not surpassing Age of Zombies and Meganoid.
The gameplay for Roboto is fun, involving, and awfully addictive. One of the things that makes this game so addictive is the sheer difficulty of achieving each objective in each level. Many of the gears are hidden throughout the levels or require you to make a large sacrifice of energy. This forces you to choose between more replays of a given level now, or postponing the replay of a level until a later time.
The music and graphics are also well thought out and draw you deeper in to the gaming environment allowing you to play this game for hours without becoming too bored or frustrated.
The graphics in Roboto are fantastic! I would put them at the same level of detail as Cordy or Battleheart. The graphics are not quite of the same console quality as Cordy with the detailed three-dimensional modeling. However, the attention to detail is the same in both. Roboto has many moving objects in the background of the levels, there are many evil robots strewn throughout the levels with great attention to detail. This game is just as fantastic as Cordy when it comes to attention to detail in game design and environments.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
Roboto does not make any use of either the phone’s accelerometer or haptic feedback. However, it does have an epic soundtrack! The soundtrack and sound effects in Roboto are similar to those in old Sega games, like Sonic the Hedgehog, creating a fast paced gaming environment and keeping you immersed in the game. All the effects are perfectly timed and fit snug in to the game play to make it feel like a solid piece of work.
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