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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Epic robot death matches show fun side of science, tech.

TV ABC Game Shows 2015
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age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 4+

When it good, it's good, except when it's not

Fantastic entertainment when it's good. But when it's bad, these are my usual complaints: Poor design, poor driving and lack of competitiveness. When I see dressed up in goofy costumes, I know they don't expect to win, and their goal is just being there. When I see a flywheel with a deep step, they clearly don't understand that a shallower step would be far more destructive. Poor driving has ruined many teams' chances of a win. It's called, "practice."
age 8+

Best show ever!

This is the best show ever.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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From wheel-less devices to machines with rotor blades fast enough to saw an entire robot in half, the San Francisco-based competition proves that combining sports, gaming, science, and technology can be both exciting and fun. Adding to the fray are the high-energy, Vegas-style matches, complete with bright lights, an enthusiastic ring announcer (Faruq Tauheed), and wild, cheering fans.

The mashing, slicing, dicing, and fiery confrontations between the Bots are designed to be entertainingly violent. However, the show also sends strong messages about the kinds of things you can learn from robotics and the kinds of things you can use robots for outside of battle. More importantly, it underscores the fact that no matter what your age, gender, or education level, robotics is for everybody.

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