Roboblitz

Review

posted 12/18/2006 by Cyril Lachel
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One Page Platforms: 360
While the control in RoboBlitz is generally pretty strong, there are a few minor complaints that marred my experience throughout the game. You should have no problem controlling Blitz when it comes to wide-open areas, but far too often you’ll be forced to travel through narrow corridors that are can be sometimes tricky given the control scheme. I found myself bouncing off of a lot of walls as I played RoboBlitz, which got a little frustrating when I was trying to battle enemies and solve puzzles. This isn’t that big of a deal, but it would have been nice to have the control tightened a little bit.
 
Another problem is that the game is a relatively short one. The game’s single player quest can be completed in around four or five hours, which may turn off some people who are looking to get their full $15 worth. The game could have used some sort of multiplayer component to extend the life of the game a bit, but in its current form all you are getting are 19 levels of single player action. RoboBlitz does have the hooks for downloadable content, hopefully Naked Sky Entertainment will figure out a way of adding a multiplayer mode or more levels in the future.
 
While the graphics in RoboBlitz are nowhere near as good as those found in standalone Xbox 360 games, it does look leaps and bounds better than what you normally find on the Xbox Live Arcade. The levels are unique looking and full of cool lighting effects. Best of all, Blitz himself has a lot of personality. Thanks to his reactions and facial expressions it’s easy to tell what Blitz is thinking, which is not always the easiest thing to convey with a robot. The entire package comes together quite nicely and will impress anybody who thinks the Xbox Live Arcade is nothing more than 2D arcade games and simple puzzlers.
 
With its creative puzzles and ambitious game play, RoboBlitz is an easy game to recommend. Some may scoff at the $15 price tag, but there’s more than enough game play here to warrant the purchase. This isn’t a perfect game, but it’s easy to see the potential. Here’s hoping that more indie developers see what RoboBlitz was able to accomplish and decide to support the Xbox Live Arcade with creative games like this. RoboBlitz is worth playing if for no other reason than to see what the future of the Xbox Live Arcade is sure to look like.
 



B-
Think the Xbox Live Arcade is nothing more than arcade ports and 2D puzzle games? Think again, because RoboBlitz is here to show you exactly what is capable when you put your mind to it. With its ambitious game play and engaging puzzles RoboBlitz is an easy game to recommend, even with the higher than usual price point.


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