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By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Humor makes real-time strategy game a winner.

Game Nintendo DS 2008
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While there's a lot to learn here, all of it is carefully told with a modicum of wit and snark by a nerdy young commander who used to lead his chess club in high school. The tutorial, which takes you through the mechanics of fighting, building, and moving your troops, runs about a half hour. Even during this time, the robots you attack will say mildly funny things like, "Don't shoot me. I'm wearing glasses." Building heroes and soldiers, scavenging, and fighting all can take place at the same time without any lags or freezes. It's a joy to see it all happen before your eyes.

As your game progresses, you'll find yourself depending on your powerful hero units more and more. But you can't use them without the others. Every soldier, medic, and factory is key to moving forward in the game. As you move from level to level, the cut scenes are cartoons and still frames, kind of like a Nickelodeon cartoon. You will find some goofy tension between the teen commander and a sexy scientist in a lab coat and miniskirt. But it's all in good fun. Overall, there's so much depth, story, and gameplay to Robocalypse that it's well worth the price of admission.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Release date: November 18, 2008
  • Genre: Real-Time Strategy (RTS)
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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