Tiny Robots Recharged
Just-tricky-enough challenges offer a jolt of puzzle fun.
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Tiny Robots Recharged
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tiny Robots Recharged is a puzzle game for iOS and Android devices. The game's free to play, although players can get hints by buying battery packs that cost from $1.99 to $4.99 and can pay to remove ads from the app and unlock all levels in advance. While the instructions are fairly brief, the scenes aren't overly complex, so gamers should be able to figure out how to play without getting stuck on the initial levels. They'll be responsible, though, for figuring out what to look for and do in each level. At times, characters will handle weapons, but they're used on objects, not people. The ads that are shown between rounds aren't as nonstop as in some apps -- but they're not infrequent, and there's often a wait before you can click out of them.
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What’s It About?
After a villain steals a robot's friends, the little machine sets off to find them in TINY ROBOTS RECHARGED. In each level, players need to locate three batteries -- and the exit -- in a floating 3-D setting. Along the way, as they swipe to rotate the setting and tap to zoom in on areas, they'll pick up items like a cord they'll use to run electricity through a robot and charge a battery. They'll also solve matching, maze, and other puzzles. If players can't find a battery, though, and their energy runs out before they can finish, they'll need to replay the round.
Is It Any Good?
The impressive 3-D graphics in this puzzle game make exploring each scene a visual treat. In Tiny Robots Recharged, blue electricity zaps from the sky, rain falls gently onto palm trees, while gears spin and click as doors creak open. The areas players traipse around in levels are fairly small, and don't contain dozens of items. They offer an interesting, yet not overwhelming experience as a result. The app's a little light on initial instruction, but somewhat makes up for that with an easy-to-follow structure that includes items you've picked up being highlighted on the side of the screen for later use.
A bit more guidance for some aspects wouldn't hurt -- for instance, the puzzles are sometimes almost too easy, involving actions like tracing your way out of a simple maze. But without any written instructions, players may initially not be sure what to do in some, such as a puzzle that requires you to fit red- and blue-patterned blocks onto a board. The app’s camping, island, and other scenes may require patience at times to find all the items you need to use to eventually exit, which typically aren't identified until you find them. That involves looking and tapping on things to see if you can pick them up, then figuring out how to use them. You may not, for instance, know you need to locate a key in one of the scenes to open a door until you see and pick the key up. Players also may feel like they have a murky sense of where they're at in the overall game because there doesn't seem to be a central map or other way to quickly see how far they've progressed and still have to go. The app also rushes through the friend kidnapping backstory in the beginning, which could cause some confusion about the main character's motivation and other aspects. Generally, though, aside from the slightly-too-present ads, there's a fun level-based puzzle escape game experience to be had in Tiny Robots Recharged -- which should challenge, but not aggravate those who play it.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about using deduction and logic when playing Tiny Robots Recharged. How did you figure out how to solve some of the puzzles in the game?
How can you figure out how to play a game you're not given detailed instructions for? What should you do to get started?
What steps can you take if you get stuck while playing? Did you notice any patterns that could indicate what you should look for or do in future levels?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: deduction, investigation, logic, solving puzzles, thinking critically
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: January 22, 2021
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Topics: Robots
- Publisher: Snapbreak Games
- Version: 1.12
- Minimum software requirements: Requires Android 6.0 and up or iOS 12.0 or later.
- Last updated: March 4, 2021
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