Developer: GramGames
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Robi: Cosmic Savior is a very simple idea but one that, when it clicks, proves to be quite enjoyable, if a little simplistic.

Players control Robi as he attempts to save his planet from meteor strikes. All he has at his disposal is a gravity gun, albeit one powerful enough to adjust the trajectory of any of the many rocks flying towards the atmosphere. Two choices are available for getting rid of them: holding onto one and flinging it across the screen or, more conveniently, dragging it around the planet in order to use it to one’s advantage.

Drag it in a circle around the planet and the meteor begins to orbit the planet, thereby creating a rock based barrier for other meteors to collide with. It only takes one collision for it to be destroyed but that can make all the difference. Given that multiple meteors can be added to the orbit, it can prove to be extremely useful for lasting as long as possible. Survival is the sole purpose of the game, with points rewarded for withstanding an attack for a long time. There are positive meteors to orbit, too, healing the planet and buying the player some extra time.

Structure comes in the form of missions that can be completed, such as deflecting a certain number of rocks at a time or healing the planet. It’s simple stuff but the added purpose gives the player more reason to continue. In-app purchases back things up with extra bonuses, but it’s also possible to use in game currency to help matters. Rockets are particularly beneficial, as well as shields.

Robi: Cosmic Savior isn’t the kind of game to easily lose hours to, but it is quite fun. Using touch screen controls well, it’s particularly ideal for novice gamers or kids to get involved with, but there’s fun to be had in short bursts too. Sometimes, simplicity is all that’s needed.

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