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iPhone game of the day: Robot Unicorn Attack Christmas Edition

Game: Robot Unicorn Attack Christmas Edition
Price: $0.99/ £0.59
Size: 15.6 MB
Get it now on the iTunes store: US / UK 

The Robot Unicorn Attack started simply enough, with a gleaming alloy unicorn prancing across a landscape filled with rainbows and flying robot dolphins. But then things got weird. The sequel saw a demonic robot unicorn trampling through a hellish landscape, and the latest sequel chronicles the charge of a unicorn that clearly wishes it was a reindeer speeding through a quaint Christmas village. And while the second spin-off, the aptly named Robot Unicorn Attack Christmas Edition, doesn’t add anything new in terms of gameplay, the bizarre and festive setting at least make it feel new.

For those unfamiliar with the series, it’s essentially a twist on the Canabalt formula. You control the titular mechanized steed as it sprints from left to right across a never ending landscape. It runs automatically, so you’ll be in charge of making sure it jumps safely from one platform to the next and that it manages to smash through any obstacles. The goal is simply to go as far as possible before falling to your death or exploding in a fiery collision. It’s the exact same formula as the previous two games, and it remains just as addictive as ever.

But where the Christmas Edition sets itself apart is with the setting. These games have always been strange, ladling gallons of style gravy over a small-but-delicious portion of meat-like substance. The unicorn now has antlers strapped to its head and wears a terrible Christmas sweater while cackling elves fly alongside it. The world is filled with candy canes, twinkling lights, snowy mountains, and cozy little cottages. And, as with the previous games, music plays a big role. The first game had you listening to bad 90’s pop, while the second was filled with blazing fast speed metal. Christmas Edition, meanwhile, lets you gallop to the sweet tunes of British glam rockers The Darkness, and their holiday song “Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End).”

It’s the same, yet different, and just as fun and strange as always.

Nov 26, 2010

9 comments

  • Primes - November 29, 2010 2:42 p.m.

    Spammers aren't really that bad when you read it like it's Borat talking.
  • TRAVthe3RD - November 28, 2010 7:14 a.m.

    @hardcore gamer1990 thats how the iphone game originated not sure if there is this particular version though.. i assume if ya google adult swim robot unicorn attack you should find something :)
  • Overlord153 - November 28, 2010 5:29 a.m.

    I wouldn't mind if it was something the tiny bit gaming related like a t-shirt with a picture of pac-man on it or something! Although you can't say they don't put in effort when they make half of the spam a huge face. reCAPTCHA Nistes couldn't Nistes couldn't stop the spammers I bet.
  • PoopSockCollection - November 28, 2010 5:20 a.m.

    this site has a major problem with spammers...
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - November 28, 2010 3:36 a.m.

    Anyone know if there's an online version?
  • kyle94 - November 27, 2010 2:06 p.m.

    I wouldn't mind the spammers as much if they could bloody spell: "Christmas was approaching . Everyone must was looking forward to it and was preparing for it" WTF?
  • taco12324 - November 27, 2010 2:38 a.m.

    FFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU- ALL THESE SPAMMERS!!! But seriously, this game is pretty sweet!
  • LonePWNR - November 27, 2010 2:15 a.m.

    What the hell is with all these spammers
  • OneToBoner - November 27, 2010 1:48 a.m.

    HARMONY! OH LOVE!

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