Roboz: Written iPad App Review
There are two things we like a lot here at the iPhone App Review: Principally, we like apps designed for children, and games that present us with a challenge. With Roboz, from Palz Limited, we’ve actually managed to find both in the same package! The app creates an engaging and unique world for your children (recommended ages 5-10, though we still had fun with it) to explore, and all from the safety of the pattern-based track. If you’re looking for our full review of the game first, though, you need only to slide on down below the break!
Concept and Gameplay
The central premise behind Roboz looks something like this: Your child will be asked to drive a robot-piloted cart around one of the two tracks—either New York or London. They manage this by simply pulling the cart left or right, as the forwards momentum is already taken care of. As they rocket along, they’ll need to pickup the coins and bonuses scattered about the place. Doing so will increase their high score, unlock more Roboz, and generally speaking increase the experience. And if they happen to hit a boost section (or collect enough letters to spell out the word itself) they get the chance to shoot forward in a wicked blast.
It’s all great fun, and we have no doubts that your child will be entertained to the utmost. The controls are simple, the level layout is clever, and there’s plenty of challenge to be had here. Merely the joy of unlocking new characters alone is enough to keep almost any kid interested. In fact, we managed to squeeze quite a bit of enjoyment out of it ourselves: Though, we really are but overgrown children!
Graphics and Artwork
On the one hand, we really enjoyed the world created by Roboz. It’s a deep world full of well-written characters, as well as a simple but inviting plot. That being said, we did have a few complaints with the level designs. To put it simply, we’re not exactly sure how much can be gained from Roboz once all the fun’s been got. To put it another way, when your child has beaten the title, we doubt there’s much end-game potential to be had within Roboz. The app is straightforward, doesn’t vary much from its own formula, and largely relies on unlocking new denizens to keep things going. With that removed, what becomes of this formula?
Still, though, Roboz is a great value at only two bucks in the US App Store. For the price of half a Starbucks latte, your child will easily get at least a few hours worth of gaming out of the app, and that alone is worth a look. Beyond this point, it really depends on how much your child enjoys the game’s universe itself. And to that end, Roboz still earns a recommendation from us here at the iPhone App Review.
Roboz requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by to speed up the publication of this review.
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