April 19, 2011 | by Michael Heller
There were reports around yesterday about the impending release of Robot Unicorn Attack (RUA) in the Android Market, and that time has come. RUA is slated to be the first of many games from [adult swim] games, and personally I hope they come through on that, because this game is a great start.
You may have already played the Flash version of the game found on the [adult swim] website, but if not, the idea behind Robot Unicorn Attack is, in keeping with [adult swim] tradition, fairly absurd. You are (obviously) a robot unicorn in what is essentially a side-scrolling platformer. The controls are simple with only a jump/double-jump button and an attack button (with an option for gestures rather than buttons). The game is nothing more than jumping from platform to platform, collecting fairies, and busting through stars that are in your way. But, as with the best games, the simplicity belies an addicting and fun product.
The shining star of RUA is the [adult swim] personality that oozes from every bit. The music is ridiculous, but catchy. The visuals are vibrant, colorful, and sometimes gruesomely sad. And, the slates are pretty funny as well. Such as the start game slate which may proclaim “You get 3 wishes. May your wishes come true”, or:
The game over slate is also a thing of beauty, but I won’t spoil it here.
The game ran perfectly well on my Nexus One, but there were early reviews in the Market that the game was laggy on Galaxy S devices, and tended to crash on Evo 4G. RUA is also not yet compatible with tablets. It also includes OpenFeint integration for leaderboards and achievements.
Robot Unicorn Attack is a great first effort from [adult swim] games, and I’m looking forward to more from them. It’ll cost you 99 cents, and the initial install is 21 MB, but there is an option to move it to SD.
Have fun, and let us know what you think of the game!