Robot Unicorn Attack Review

Robot Unicorn Attack Review

Apr 27, 2011

Be honest, we’ve all dreamed about being a magical robot unicorn, who jumps, gallops and excretes rainbows. Nothing would be greater than rushing through a magical world, stained with a lavender hue, traversing islands of ground and butting your way through the star-shaped boulders that block your path. Luckily, thanks to Robot Unicorn Attack, all of our dreams can finally come true.

Already a huge hit on iOS and as a web-based flash title, Robot Unicorn Attack is the latest in a reasonably long line of side scrolling run ’em ups. Your robot unicorn constantly sprints from the left to the right of the screen and you control the horned horse’s leaping and rainbow thrusts. Each game grants you three lives, or wishes and your final score is a total of the three runs.

The game is almost exactly as garish as you’d expect, full of rainbows, bright colours and twinkly, tinkly sound effects. A single song plays in the background of everything you do, “Always” by Erasure, which you’ll either find utterly hilarious or massively infuriating. Robot Unicorn Attack is camp, funny and only ever hits a single, high-pitched and utterly bonkers note.

Whilst Robot Unicorn Attack is a perfect example of pick up and play gaming, it does lack depth. Nothing changes, save for your unicorn gradually running faster as you progress through the randomly generated level. For brief gaming stints, that’s not too much of a problem, but if you’re looking for a game with a bit more meat on its robot bones, you’re looking in the wrong place.

Robot Unicorn Attack blasts along like a glittery fireball and because the gameplay is so simple, it’s easy to get caught up in its wake. It’s by no means a perfect game, but what it does, it does spectacularly well. It won’t change your life, it won’t reinvent the wheel, but for 99 cents, you can’t really complain.

Robot Unicorn Attack Review Rundown

8
Graphics/Sound - Has a retina-searing style all of its own.
8
Controls - Two simple on screen buttons, tap to jump or dash.
7
Gameplay - Repetitive, but still really enjoyable.
7
Replay Value - Randomly generated levels, but nothing really changes.
8
Overall - Mad, addictive, hilarious, but lacking in content.

App available on the Google Play Store »

Harry Slater
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