ROBOT 99 Review

By , on March 15, 2011

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4 out of 5


  • Basic concept elegantly executed.
  • Multi-touch support for skilled players and immediate co-operative gameplay.
  • Beautifully illustrated designs for each level.


  • Gameplay remains relatively similar despite minor changes for each level.
  • No indicators for incoming 'bots; adds a random element that can quickly ruin runs.


ROBOT 99 isn't simply a visual feast, it's an entertaining time-waster that's also fun to share with friends.

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It should come as no surprise that when the illustrator known as 'Fu' turned his hands towards making a video game it ended up featuring robots. However, ROBOT 99 isn't just a pretty face and while the game is easy to pick up and play, managing to work your way to the final levels might just test your abilities and maybe even your friendships.

I mention 'friends' because ROBOT 99 has a built-in co-op feature supporting multi-touch, giving additional players a chance to manipulate the robots on the screen as well. However I'm skipping ahead of myself and I should point out that your job is to save as many robots as possible before the downpour of these metal automatons becomes too much to handle. Touching them as they fall will deploy a parachute, dropping them safely to the ground before they blast off in to the sky, however robots can also be dragged to a bonus area called a 'POWERIZONA' to add to your score while also launching them almost immediately.

The challenge of ROBOT 99 comes in trying to prevent too many collisions as parachutes can be destroyed in the process and knocking robots off-course can have dire consequences such as losing a life (of which you only get 3 before a 'game over'). Each of the game's lusciously designed levels feature slightly different hazards, ranging from objects passing by at the bottom of the screen, to crushing machines and even the direction in which robots launch themselves can change, keeping things fresh despite the simplistic gameplay.

However, all good things must come to an end eventually and while ROBOT 99 does a great job at staving off the inevitable, the game is ultimately repetitive and the lack of additional features like achievements cuts things short sooner rather than later. With that said true magic of ROBOT 99 is in sharing the experience with friends, so if you don't mind a small distraction that can turn in to a big one that you can get your friends involved in, this is for you.


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