Robot Unicorn Attack 2 Review

Robot Unicorn Attack 2 Review

Aug 6, 2013

For most of my life, I have been able to blissfully avoid creative trips to the wild side. I was unaware of things like My Little Pony, Care Bears, and any show that featured any colors outside the primary ones.

I have daughters now, so that has all changed. I can’t help but wonder how easier the transition would have been had I stumbled on a game like Robot Unicorn Attack 2 earlier.

Yes, there are unicorns. Yes, there are rainbows. But both elements have plenty of, uh, bass to them.

It’s a left to right runner with a protagonist robot unicorn that coincidentally looks like it moonlights in Old Spice commercials. In this fantasy land, there are plenty of cavernous runways, with plenty of seemingly insurmountable robot1gaps, all lined up on different, irregular levels. Per controls, two fairly forgiving virtual buttons covert that; one for jumping, and one for “dashing.” Dashing is a useful tool that makes the unicorn jet forward at speed and go through objects that could otherwise be dangerous. Our animal runs, jumping across gullies or to collect the various goodies that line the running area.

The running area is no rainbow, either. It is fairly unpredictable; a mistimed jump can lead to dire consequences. Jumping too early can mean jumping down into the hole that is meant to be cleared. But the game is full of surprises, as a failed leap can get the unicorn on a lower running level rather than a run-ending collision with the ground.

There are also obstacles that can stop runs on the runways; using the “dash” buttons fires the unicorn much like a torpedo, blasting through the otherwise lethal obstructions.

This is a freemium game; the unicorn can be upgraded, but part of the charm of this game is that it does not need upgrades to be enjoyed. The music and graphics are great, as is the option for competitive online play (though specific levels have to be achieved to unlock the last feature).

All in all, it a VERY worthy sequel, and I now live for unicorns. Heck, even Ahhnold would approve.

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.