Mr. Robot PDF Print E-mail
Written by bobdog   
Tuesday, 19 August 2008 10:01

Publisher/Developer: Moonpod
Price: $25 from host site; free through GameTap*
Demo Download (25 MB from host site)
Helpful Walkthrough

ESRB Rating: 7+

Mr. Robot is one of those rare, independently-produced gems of the gaming world. You play as Asimov, a lowly service robot aboard the interstellar colony ship Eidolon, which is carrying hundreds of frozen human colonists to a new world. When the Eidolon's computer brain malfunctions, it falls to Asimov to undertake a perilous journey through the bowels of the massive ship to save his robot friends and the precious human cargo.


What makes Mr. Robot unique is how it mixes role-playing with puzzle elements from games like Sokoban and Portal. Asimov starts alone, but gradually adds new party members as “ghosts” into his neural matrix. These party members assist when battles crop up inside the computer network, but in the real world, it’s Asimov alone who must navigate the dozens and dozens of rooms inside the ship.


Asimov must overcome obstacles and evade crazed robots to get through each map. Sometimes this means pushing boxes or rolling balls. Sometimes it means using a crane to move boxes appropriately. Sometimes it means pushing and holding a button to get little nanomech droids through each room safely. At one point, Asimov does gain the assistance of a heavy lifter through a half-dozen maps, and his help is appreciated.


Within each map, Asimov may need to gain an access card or part, or maybe he needs to hack into a hostile network to open a door. When this happens, you enter a network map with various transistors, processing units, etc. – each of which could harbor an enemy splicer. When these attacks take place, you and your party are taken into a Final Fantasy-type fight scene, where you can use various types of attacks against your enemies, or you can “heal” party members. And you can see comparisons to standard RPG heroes – “wizards” who use various programs, “brutes” with vast strength, etc. After the fight, you’ll divvy up experience points and goods, so you may want to upgrade your party at that time.


What really ties it all together, other than the addictive puzzle-solving elements, is Mr. Robot’s story. This game has a lot of heart. You can see it in how your party members react to one another, or in how one of your party will (probably) perish forever. It’s these kinds of emotions that make me heartily recommend it to young and old alike.


* I do have to provide a disclaimer that although the game is sold through the developer’s website, I played a free, legal copy of it through GameTap’s Free Downloads section.

Mr. Robot is addictive, brilliant and fun. You owe it to yourself to play it.

Game Rated 9.5/10
 
 

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