Hakitzu Elite: Robot Hackers Review

Hakitzu Elite: Robot Hackers Review

Dec 17, 2013

I can honestly say that it’s the first time I’ve played a game like this. Hakitzu Elite: Robot Hackers is a multiplayer turn-based tactical strategy that also teaches coding, of all things. And it’s perfectly timed, too, since I’ve actually been trying to pick up programming for the last couple of weeks, so it came in handy. While I have a couple of complaints, Hakitzu Elite is a great game that will be interesting for beginner programmers, as well as for the fans of unusual turn-based strategies.

Hakitzu Elite: Robot Hackers is a tight strategy game, and there are less than 10 robots on a field in any battle. It has two modes: single-player puzzle challenges, which are great and have lots of levels, if you don’t really want to participate in the second mode, multiplayer battles. The goal of the game is to destroy the enemy’s core, although in single-player it often only requires dispatching the enemy robots. Unfortunately, the genius who designed these fearsome killing machines, forgot to install an AI, so it’s the player’s task to order the metal husks around the battlefield by hand. First, the player needs to give a series of orders to all robots under his command, spending a common pool of action points, and then press “execute”, making the robots perform the orders, one by one. The robots can move in four directions, turn, shoot, fight in melee, guard the line of sight, and hack the cores, each task eating a bit of the AP pool. Thus, the challenge comes not only in understanding the battle situation, but also in giving the right set of commands for each robot. And then there’s the programming part.

There are four coding difficulty levels. In Beginner difficulty, the player doesn’t actually have to code anything, and simply taps Hakitzu Elite: Robot Hackers 4the buttons for the commands available. In Junior Coder, the player only needs to start writing a word, and the game will auto-complete it. As Coder, the player has to write the words on his own, and as Hacker, the player also has to write his own punctuation. To be fair, I don’t think anyone could actually learn coding from this game, since there’s only a handful of commands, with variables in only two of them, but it does work as a practice of correct punctuation, and basic line structure. Hakitzu Elite: Robot Hackers utilizes the structure of JavaScript, by the way.

Overall, Hakitzu Elite: Robot Hackers is a very interesting game. It has coding practice, chess-like turn-based strategy, great graphics, and it’s free. For once, I doubt the game would be any good, without any of these features. I suggest it to people who like unusual strategies, mostly. Don’t think actual programmers will be interested, but I, personally, liked it a lot.

Hakitzu Elite: Robot Hackers Review Rundown

8.5
Graphics/Sound - Pretty incredible, especially for a turn-based strategy.
7
Controls - There's no way to use system keyboard, while the in-game keyboard is a bit unresponsive.
7.5
Gameplay - Definitely not for everyone, but finely done, nonetheless.
8
Replay value - Lots of levels, and fine replayability.
8
Overall - A unique concept, and a very unusual game.

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