Roboto – A Platform Game at its Best?
Tested version: 1.0.1
Latest version: 1.0.3
Requires Android: from 2.0.1
There are so many games for Android on the market, but every now and then my brain freezes up and I have trouble finding new and not-so-well-known ones. I had never heard of Roboto but one of our community members recommended it so I decided to check it out. What’s my humble verdict? Find out in today’s review.
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Features & Use
Test device: LG Optimus Speed / 2x
Android version: 2.3.5
Roboto is a 3D platform game and the concept behind it is pretty much the same as with any other platform game. It combines elements from various jump ‘n’ run games: coins like in Mario and platforms to help speed up like in Sonic. Roboto can also float (for a limited amount of time), shoot and jump.
Obstacles include moving platforms, reversed gravitation, high walls that have to be climbed, enemy robots, gaps in the platforms, giant balls that will knock you over and more.
The levels are diversified and hence a lot of fun—that being said, there are unfortunately only 30 levels to get through, so here’s hoping that there’s more to come in the future.
Levels are activated as you play and an overview at the end of each level lets you know how you did.
I did come across one bug: the back button doesn’t work the way it’s meant to; it terminates the game. Use the arrow within the game instead.
OpenFeint is integrated, so you can compare high scores with other players. There are also accomplishments such as ‘Star Captain’ (awarded to those who slay 30 enemy robots) or ‘Sick Skills’ for players who reach 5 million points.
Check out your statistics to see how long you’ve spent playing the game in total, how many opponents you’ve beaten and how many points you’ve scored overall.
Go to settings in order to switch to joystick controls, switch them off, enhance the effects quality, etc. If you’re not a fan of the rock style music you can also switch it off.
Roboto is a very cool game but at the moment there simply aren’t enough levels to keep players occupied for all too long. If there were more than 30 levels we would be awarding this game a four star rating for sure!
Screen & Controls
The Roboto controls are very good. The controls elements comprise two direction buttons, a button for shooting and one for jumping/floating. Everything comes across as very intuitive and runs smoothly.
The game is in 3D and somewhat loud (visually speaking), but you get used to it.
Speed & Stability
Roboto loads really fast and the animations are very fluid. The game does require a 1 GHz processor, but most recent device are equipped with that.
Roboto has a good overall performance, no crashes whatsoever.
Roboto is available for US$4,00 // EUR2,96. We would award the game four stars in this category if only there were more levels to really make it worth its price.
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