There’s a lighthouse in the middle of space that needs repair, and it’s up to you to guide a little robot to fix it. The lighthouse is powered by stars, so your goal is to collect all of the stars in the new iOS game Rocket Robo. It’s a 2.5D puzzle platformer with 2D side to side movement, and gorgeous 3D graphics. The art design is superb with a style reminiscent of Little Big Planet, with a fabric based environment in the first world. There are 57 levels spread across two different regions, and each level offers up a unique challenge. The level design is one of the highlights of the game as there’s always a unique challenge that includes water, enemies, teleportation, lava, mines, and much more.
As soon as you launch Rocket Robo, you can instantly notice the care that went into its creation. There’s just so much to value beginning with the smooth controls allowing you to tap to power the robot’s rocket, and tilt to guide its direction. There’s a neat addition to the controls allowing you to swipe up for the robot to dive into the background allowing the robot to move in depth. It’s a new way to play a 2.5D platformer, and in the case of Rocket Robo, the robot can move past blockages in the foreground, find hidden passageways in the background, or push switches to flip the world. There are just numerous intricacies to enjoy as you go from level to level offering up flying, racing, swimming, golfing, gravity flipping, block pushing, and bomb detonating.
Each level is simply scored, based on how many stars you collect, and the game does a good job of making you care to collect all of the stars before advancing. The one problem with the game is that it can be slow moving at times as there’s rarely any risk of death, and no time constraints. You can use a methodical approach to most levels, and it can become a bland space flight looking for stars. The game could use a little more danger, or at least increases in the pacing of the robot’s movements. With that said, you can’t help, but enjoy all that is included with nice puzzle elements to find every last star.
Rocket Robo ($0.99, Universal) reaches for the stars with well designed puzzle platforming experience that is a should buy.