RoboSockets: Link Me Up
What parents need to know
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.
Is it any good?
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.