Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 3GS
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If the time comes when raging robots are truly rampaging across the world, it's probably not going to be a very pleasant job for whoever is in charge of keeping them under control. In Raging Robots, however, the prospect is much more entertaining and players will actually have a lot of fun keeping these crazed machines in line and corralled.
This game is quite simple, and as is often the case when it comes to iOS games, Raging Robots' simplicity is part of its appeal. The game is so simple that it can be played almost anywhere; players can jump right into a game whenever they like. It's not going to take very long to get a feel for the game, and sessions are quick and fast-paced. The only thing that might keep a player from playing whenever they want will be the slight embarrassment they might feel at tapping their device screen furiously in the company of others. Still, dealing with the robots on screen will usually be enough to distract the player from any curious onlookers.
The goal of Raging Robots is to keep as many robots on the screen at once as possible. The robots enter from one side of the screen and race across the screen to try and exit. With a tap they are sent back in the other direction, where they must be tapped again to reverse direction before they leave the screen from that side. The game progresses in ping-pong fashion as the player taps robots all over the screen sending them back and forth as many times as they can. The game starts with one robot, which is easy enough to manage. Quickly though, as the player successfully keeps the robot on the screen, a meter fills up. Every time the meter is filled, a new robot is added to the screen and the player must keep all of the robots on screen. After just a few moments, the screen is filled with robots racing from side to side. Once three robots manage to escape the screen from either side the game is over.
The retro-style 8-bit graphics fit perfectly with gameplay that is like some sort of psychedelic mutant version of Pong. The sounds, even though they are just simple tones that sound as the robots are tapped, dynamically create the game's minimalist soundtrack. This game is simple, but so satisfying and a great deal of fun to play. The touch controls can seem a bit unresponsive at times, but the games pass so quickly that a player can easily jump right in to another game without feeling too cheated by the controls.