RoboBlitz review

  • Awesome weapons and puzzles
  • Great graphics
  • Level editor on the PC version
  • No level editor included on Xbox Live
  • No multiplayer modes
  • A few niggling camera issues

Most reviews start out with a synopsis of the game's plot. But honestly, RoboBlitz doesn't need that. Your job, as robot technician Blitz, is to run through 19 levels of shooting and puzzle action in order to load and fire a giant space cannon. The real motivation to keep playing lies more in earning each new weapon or toy and seeing what kind of wacky things you can do with them.

RoboBlitz looks like a third-person shooter at first - it's even running on the Unreal Engine 3, so it looks gorgeous - but shooting is actually a very small part of the whole experience. Rather, you'll be guiding Blitz through each new area by figuring out one physics-based puzzle after another.

And that's the beauty of this game. As you earn new abilities and weapons by finding and processing "Upgradeum," fantastic new ways to solve each puzzle present themselves. For instance, you could just feed random bits of metal into the smelting machine to build the shell for the cannon. Or you could draw a flying enemy over the masher by using your P2P gun, and then hit it with your EMP blaster to drop it directly into the metallic jaws below.

Or maybe you see some Upgradeum in an area above you. Use your P2P gun to link a barrel to the roof, then grab on and swing like Tarzan up to your objective. There are so many ways to tackle each area during RoboBlitz that you'll want to play through a few times just to see what you can accomplish.

The shooting bits actually end up being the weaker aspect of the game, as the straight-forward combat weapons aren't nearly as impressive as they should be. RoboBlitz makes up for this a bit, though, but presenting boss battles that would be more at home in, say, a Zelda game, where simply shooting your enemy over and over isn't enough to beat it. Instead, you need to come up with creative ways to get it to show a weak point or crash into damaging spikes; things of that nature.

RoboBlitz may be a tad on the short side, but at around 15 bucks, the price of admission is perfect for the amount of fun you'll have with this game. Plus, the PC version comes with a level editor, which makes it even more worthwhile. But, even on Xbox Live, RoboBlitz is definitely worth grabbing.

More Info

Release date: Dec 06 2006 - Xbox 360
Nov 07 2006 - PC (US)
Dec 06 2006 - Xbox 360
Nov 07 2006 - PC (UK)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360, PC
Genre: Action
Published by: Naked Sky Entertainment
Developed by: Naked Sky Entertainment
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Fantasy Violence


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