GBAtemp game of the week- week #6, Robocalypse

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  1. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    GBAtemp game of the week- week #6 Robocalypse

    It is week #6 of the GBAtemp book game club and although it has been going on for a little while now for those just appearing every week we set a game to play and then discuss it. If it runs on a console we normally cover then it is fair game; it might be homebrew, it might be a commercial game everybody has heard of, it might be something few people have heard of and while we aim to make it fun if there is a game with an interesting mechanic or story that we feel deserves to be looked at then we will cover that as well.[/p]

    A quick link before we kick off the current week with a link to last week's thread

    [​IMG] GBAtemp game of the week, week #5

    Robocalypse (USA)

    A couple of weeks back we covered Secret Files: Tunguska in which we mentioned that the adventure/point and click genre although initially anticipated to make a return on the DS failed to gain that many examples of the genre. Although not so much hope was placed on the DS for the real time strategy genre it was one of the first consoles to feature a control method that lent itself to RTS titles in quite some time (many have tried to use a control pad for such things but they have fallen short) and the GBA (and early days of the DS) had already seen several ports/remakes of Amiga and DOS era games during which RTS had something of a heyday. We have since seen several turn based strategy games that stand as examples of the genre on any platform let alone the handhelds but real time strategy does not have so many examples and many of those have, quite rightly, been forgotten.
    This game is more about small units and their effective management rather than huge armies and is noted for the nice artwork, humour, gameplay and so forth (the creator of the game was one of the writes for the early series of Spongebob Squarepants and his cowriter was also involved in several Nickelodeon shows). Surprisingly the game never got released outside North America and we have since seen a wiiware followup and a port to IOS[/p]

    GBAtemp release thread

    Gameplay advert

    Were developers/publishers correct in eschewing RTS games on the DS or does this demonstrate that as a foolish mindset? What did you like about the game? Would it have been better on another platform? Have we just pointed you at a new staple of your collection?.
    Join the discussion in this thread[/p]

    [​IMG] Discuss should get you other links in this series
  2. Fel

    Fel GBAtemp's Adventurer

    May 5, 2009
    So close and yet so far away.
    I remember seeing this ad long time ago, but I've never tried the game because so little gameplay was shown that I thought it was going to be boring. Though now I'm having second thoughts, it looks actually good! I did enjoy Lock's Quest, so I may like this one as well. [​IMG]
  3. Schlupi

    Schlupi Gbatemp's Official Earthbound Maniac™

    Aug 31, 2007
    United States
    Rozen Queen Co, Chicago Branch
    I never gave this a shot, will definitely try it now. Looks pretty damn good.
  4. lemmymet

    lemmymet Banned

    Mar 9, 2011
    I going to try out now, looks good!
  5. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    An excellent game that deserves more success than it got. The WiiWare Robocalypse was pretty good too but nothing compared to this one.
  6. GeekyGuy

    GeekyGuy Professional loafer

    Former Staff
    Jun 21, 2007
    United States
    I tried on several different occasions to get into this game, but I think maybe it was being left-handed that made me quickly give up each time. I could see it was a good game -- I mean, perhaps the closest thing to Warcraft I'd seen on DS -- but I still had issues microing. I might have to give the game one last college try.
  7. Takeshi

    Takeshi GBAtemp Addict

    Jun 1, 2004
    Wow, I totally missed this, maybe because I don't usually play RTS games. Sound nice (and crazy) judging from the advert and description. I may have to give it a try someday.
  8. Odnetnin46

    Odnetnin46 GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 12, 2011
    United States
    Some basement
    I finished the game before.It's pretty good,but the one thing that kind of kills it for replayability is that you can't go back and play any of the stages again(all that happens if you try to play your complete save file is the ending cutscene.Stupid decision on the dev's part.Who wants a save file that can only play a cutscene?).This was a BIG bummer for me,as I would have liked to try some of the other 'bots more(the last one you get you only get for two or so stages,and he's kinda useless because he's at level 1 and by then you need WAY more leveling up than that).
  9. ferofax

    ferofax End of the World

    Jan 26, 2009
    loved this game a lot. the flag/rally point command system takes some getting used to (as you're never directly controlling the robots, but just guiding them to rally points, except for Hero units), but it's effective enough for me. games are usually fast, especially with tight maps, and power struggles are often. it's easy to dominate, only to get your resources taken from under your nose, bringing you back to re-taking them. low unit caps, which makes defending expansive territories hard (it's better to turtle up), units are upgradeable/level up, and there are Hero units too (and i like how they work).

    my only real gripe with this is the odd number of maximum players--three, i believe. and no wifi. with no one to play with, it won't take long before the skirmish maps bore you.
  10. celeron53

    celeron53 GBAtemp Regular

    Dec 27, 2009
    United States
    Wow... the trailer for the game is soooo corny and lame.
  11. KingBlank

    KingBlank King of Nothing

    Sep 17, 2008
    New Zealand
    New Zealand
    Me and my freinds tryed the multiplayer, its pretty cool and there are lots of hero robot guys you can make but there arent many buildings which dissapointed me [​IMG]
  12. ferofax

    ferofax End of the World

    Jan 26, 2009
    the trailer (and in-game cutscenes) aren't what you'd call top-notch, but have a go at the game play. it's quite fun, and because of the rally points, there's less micromanagement and more focus on your hero units.
  13. Veho

    Veho The man who cried "Ni".

    Former Staff
    Apr 4, 2006
    I played it and loved it. Even wrote a kinda/sorta review discussion thread thingy, so I'll just copy paste it here.

  14. syfyTy

    syfyTy PhD in Thaumaturgy

    Apr 11, 2011
    United States
    Tazmily, USA
    This game ranks as one of my top 25 favorite games on the DS.

    My first posting on the game of the week.. (great concept BTW)

    I agree though, it should have had multiplayer... I would really like to see a follow up on this game or even the same thing done with a variety of character types. ie Robocalypse meets Advance Wars?!?!?! or Fire EMblem? just think about the potential there...

    Regarding multiplayer....thats why I got it on my Ipod also, because that DOES have wifi multi.. and the controls, once gotten used to are almost as good but many will probably disagree with my opinion about the ipod controls...

    This ranks, for me, up there with PvZombies, Locks Quest, Worms 2; Armageddon and other similar, simple but brilliant and yet fun games on the DS.

    I think what I liked best about the DS is that it made possible games that would never have come to pass on any other platform by nature of its control system. Long live the Dsi.

    For those trying it for the first time, if you get frustrated at first, put it down for a day and come back to it, it really is worth the try.
  15. shakirmoledina

    shakirmoledina Legend

    Oct 23, 2004
    Dar es Salaam
    i think the closest on the ds to this game is lego battles (i meant have got the game wrong)
    aoe was the biggest hope to be a RTS tht would rock but i guess we should hope it comes out correctly this time on the 3ds or a similar game of aoe cat
  16. gamefan5

    gamefan5 Kid Icarus Uprising connoiseur

    Aug 29, 2010
    Somewhere in this Earth
    The gameplay looks interesting.
  17. dtp30

    dtp30 Advanced Member

    Jun 11, 2011
    United States
    I`m not sure if i should say i actually bought this game. I don't think it was released here.. So i imported it from the UK. To me it is a RTS.. But a very basic one at that. It's setup more for the kids. RTS or Turn Based Strategy are the 2 most lacking genres on the DS (Or most hand helds). I`m hoping with the 3DS this might change as Ghost Recon : Shadow Wars is turn based. It was the sole reason i bought my 3DS.


    PS. "Command and Destroy" (Not released here eigher) is another RTS that i bought for the DS. It`s alot harder though. People might want to give it a look too.
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