RoboSockets: Link Me Up



A fun and imaginative new twist on drop-and-match games.

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Ease of play

The challenge level feels just right. It starts off easy enough for you to take your time learning the ropes, but gradually amps up to a nicely challenging speed. Figuring out how to play should be no problem. Occasionally, the finger controls might feel a bit too loose and you might drop a robot into the wrong spot, but it's nothing too worrisome.

Violence & scariness

The story that is told before the game starts talks about a meteor that crashed into the robot world and caused lots of damage. It's just exposition, though. Nothing is seen.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that RoboSockets: Link Me Up is a drop-and-match puzzle game, a la Tetris. But it has a unique twist in that each falling robot has sockets sticking out of it in up to four places; when a robot lands, your goal is to position it so that its sockets connect to those of other bots. In addition to the story mode levels, there's also a never-ending arcade mode and a time-attack mode where you go for as many points as you can within a time limit. Take note that there are a few unfortunate misspellings in the text. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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ROBOSOCKETS: LINK ME UP takes the simple Tetris-style drop-and-match concept and makes it feel completely new and fresh by offering a whole different way to make those matches. When a robot falls, you won't know in advance if it will have sockets on the top, bottom, left, right, or any combination of the four. You also don't know how many sockets it will have. Sometimes you just get a mystery box, and you won't know what kind of robot is inside until it lands and breaks open (a mystery box can either save the day or really mess up your strategy). The game is very nicely paced, allowing you plenty of time to learn the ropes before it kicks into high gear. The different game modes -- story, arcade, and time attack -- add a nice element of variety as well. RoboSockets can be quite addictive.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:March 29, 2011
Category:Puzzle Games
Publisher:Tatem Games
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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