Robo5 – who’d thought shifting boxes could be so challenging & fun, play this platform puzzler!
Apr 25, 2013 10:31 AM –
Robo5 is a challenging and cute puzzle platformer game. Set in a futuristic world, you have to help a robot through levels of crates and boxes to complete each stage. It has a rolling narrative and intelligent plot. The graphics are pretty cool and although I didn’t find it to be the most engaging from a puzzle perspective, fans of platformers should enjoy the gameplay.
Price: Free, plus an In-app Purchase to unlock later levels.
Tested on: Nexus 4
Pros & Cons:
- Detailed graphics!
- Good sound!
- Challenging gameplay!
- Intriguing storyline!
- While good, I felt it was a little repetitive gameplay-wise.
Robo5 is set in a stark and foreboding future where you take the role of a lonely robot. He has to make his way through level after level of stacked boxes towards an exit high up. You can move him around my tapping on the box you want him to move to. You then have to move individual boxes and perform other little actions to enable him to reach the top. The challenge of each level is to work out how to get to the top and the end of the level.
The game offers some pretty rich visuals and the graphics, in addition to the interface section menu, settings, etc. are top notch and perfectly designed. Everything is remarkably crisp and sharp. Visuals are full of detail and are well animated throughout. Another element I thought was sublime was the sound. Firstly the music is great and excellently crafted. Additionally, the game is full of neat little sound effects that complement gameplay.
The game itself is easy to play, but tough to work out in the later levels where some real ingenuity is required to make it to the top. The learning curve however is excellent and with a little lateral thought, you can make good progress. A certain number of levels are available in the game for free, but then you can upgrade, remove the occasional ads and get loads more levels to continue the adventure.
The game blends platform-style gameplay with puzzle. It kind of works although I felt it worked better as a platformer than a puzzle game. Jumping from box to box, collecting items and shifting crates is generally the main activities and while it is fun and rewarding to complete each level, it did feel a tiny bit repetitive. You do have to interact with a number of different box types but this perhaps doesn’t mix things up quite as much as you might find more engaging. Perhaps I am just being a little picky, let me know in the comments!
That aside, it really is a neat little game that has been meticulously developed and cleverly designed. Check out the trailer video below for more info.
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Robo5 – Sample gameplay (1)
Robo5 – Sample gameplay (2)
Robo5 – Sample gameplay (3)
Robo5 – Sample gameplay (4)
Robo5 – Sample gameplay (5)
Robo5 – Pause
Robo5 – Tutorials
Robo5 – Intro
If quirky puzzle games are your thing, this is excellent. The narrative is good too, starting with a Nietzsche quote which wins it cool points from me.
It is addictive, but you have to rely on your own stubborn mettle to carry on sometimes, unlike the grossly obsessive gameplay you find with games like Tiny Tower, Game Dev Story and New Star Soccer; games I still get chills about and titles to this day. I refuse to play again for fear of losing productivity. I think it probably depends on the gamer and how they prefer games. This is addictive, but you possibly won’t lose too much sleep.
As explained, the graphics are sharp, detailed and very slick. Everything works very well and the game drips in delicious visual polish.
Accelerometer, Vibration & Sound:
The sound is brilliant, as good as you will find on pretty much any game available on the Google Play Store. You get excellent music and rich, timely and clever sound effects. Definitely a huge plus for the game.