Robo5 Review

By , on October 24, 2011

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4 out of 5


  • Methodical puzzle solving towards a goal.
  • Game introduces new concepts well.


  • Controls aren't always responsive.


This is a climbing block puzzle game that will keep you glued to your iPhone screen till the end. A must play for puzzle fans.

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Robo wakes up in an unknown lab not knowing who he is or why he's there. He sets his plans on escape. How this is accomplished is climbing towers of blocks to reach an exit, all the while refreshing your battery. Moving crates and hanging on the edge of them for dear life is exhausting work after all.

Yup, what we have here is a good old fashioned box puzzle game that is a little reminiscent of the console game Catherine. Tapping on a block will move Robo to it. Dragging your finger will either push or pull blocks, or allow Robo to hang off the block he's on and shimmy over to other available hand holds. The puzzle portion is in getting Robo to the top as quick as possible while collecting all the power upgrades. The game does a good job of introducing puzzle concepts slowly, such as creating steps to reach new areas. At the end of each world the level is timed. This makes hurrying to the exit more crucial while on the other levels, the time is just tied to your star rating.

The art style is mechanical and cold, with a faded palette. Every block and power-up is easily recognizable however so the visuals add to the mood without detracting from the gameplay. The music and sound effects are fitting, with a highlight being the disco mode enabled from collecting the floppy disc.

With forty levels over five chapters, and some bonus levels thrown in the mix, there's more than enough content here to keep fans of the game busy for quite a while. The only criticism we have is that the taps and swipes aren't as responsive as they could be. Regardless, this is a grade A puzzle game that should delight fans and is well worth a purchase.


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