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Sad Robot Review

By , on November 8, 2011


Sad Robot
Download on the AppStore
4 out of 5

PROS

  • Excellent soundtrack.
  • Bright, colorful LCD pixel-art style.

CONS

  • The soundtrack resets each time the game begins.
  • Tilt controls are a little stiff.
  • Not given much time to react against the onslaught of obstacles.

VERDICT

Sad Robot is a pretty fun tilt-and-avoid game with a fun and catchy presentation. Stiff controls and the need for quick reaction time hold this back from being what it could be.


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One gets the feeling upon playing Sad Robot that it was created all around the premise of the catchy theme song that plays during the game. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, it might excuse some of the more questionable parts of this experience. Let us explore further.

You control a robot flying through space. You collect coins, avoid obstacles, and sometimes you can gain a power-up to aid you. The coins can be used to purchase new robots, upgrade the power-ups and buy items to start the next game with. This is all tilt control based, and the controls themselves are quite loose (perhaps even a little too loose). The reason this is problematic is that the obstacles come at you quickly, and what shape they present themselves in is quite random, giving you little time to react. It could be argued that this is what adds to the addictive quality of the game, but especially when you hit the later stages and are taken out by a group of obstacles that seemed impossible to avoid, it can be quite frustrating.

The characters and obstacles are all simply represented by low key pixel art. All the robots have a unique look and you'll never mistake an obstacle for anything else. The music is where this game really shines. The song is a very catchy melody that builds on itself until the lyrics pop in. Unfortunately every time it's game over, the song abruptly stops, restarting again upon a new game. Aside from the unlocks, there are missions that grant you additional XP and coins when completed, plus you find yourself getting a little better at the game every time you play.

Sad Robot is a game that succeeds despite itself. The music, visuals and the way the game throws things at you add to a charm that seems to overcome the simplicity and short-comings inherent. This one's worth a try.

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Comments

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ancientRobot 2 years, 10 months ago

I think it's just a song promotion package, you know, actual marketing (woohoo marketing ... does it exist?) and stuff ...

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JOSHDILISI 2 years, 10 months ago

His steely skin is covered By centuries of dust Once he was a great one Now he's dull and rust An oily tear he's crying Can you feel the pain Of the sad, sad robot And it's driving him insane He can't turn back time nor history So his life became a misery He has to face the destiny Nobody cares anymore Sad, sad robot.- Pornophonique- Sad Robot