A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The characters are somewhat snarky, and the boss of the factory is a yeller and a screamer. The female character is a sexy scientist who your kid commander character has a crush on. Yet it's all balanced with humor
Violence & Scariness
You'll see cartoon shooting and explosions. But there's never any blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's nerdy tension between the lead male and female characters. But it's nothing more than you'd see on a Nickelodeon cartton.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
You'll see that there is cigar smoking by the robots and by characters. It doesn't come into play as part of gameplay, but it is present.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this real-time strategy game takes more time and thought than most other games. Players take on the role of a good guy trying to save the world from an attack of evil robots. The game has turned-based combat, where you will see explosions and shooting but no blood. There is a lot of humor and some flirty dialog between your character and the female science officer. One scene shows a character smoking a cigar. If your child likes platform games, this may not be a good fit. If he or she likes RPGs like Legend of Zelda, then he or she may be ready for Robocalypse.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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