Review: Insane Robots (PlayStation 4)

Fight to the DEATH in this unique card battler. Compete in intense one-on-one duels. Lead a riotous robot rebellion through randomly generated survival arenas. Overthrow a malevolent robot despot in the epic 15+ hour single-player campaign. Insane Robots is card battling… HACKED!

Pros:

  • Cartoon graphics.
  • 1.98GB Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Prologue tutorial level.
  • Local two players multiplayer.
  • Online two-player support.
  • Can skip dialog.
  • Help button that displays info pop-ups.
  • Campaign- Single player where you play in tournaments against AI. Last man standing affair, Once defeated you are eliminated. Can earn up to 3 stars on each tournament and you must finish one to unlock the next.
  • Quick battle- Unlock and face off against other characters.
  • Can challenge friends.
  • Unlock over 40 different characters, Each one has unique abilities.
  • Gameplay is a mix of board and card games.
  • Battling is done like a card battler. You have the energy to play and use cards. Both players have two attack and two defense slots with one or more boost slots. In order to block or attack you have to have both slots of that area filled.
  • End of battle breakdown on performance.
  • Mulligan- Can redraw up to 3 starting cards.
  • Parts- Currency in the game and collected from the map and fights. Used to buy augments and upgrades at shops.
  • Power- Used in battling to play cards. You start with one energy as standard and then it goes up by one each round.
  • Augments- Works like abilities and you can buy and use the slots to add new powers like more health or move further, Cards take less energy and so on.
  • Board game- You play on a hex board, You can move x amount of hexagons at a time. You can see pickups, shops, and enemies. Move to an enemy to start a fight. If two AI characters have a fight it gets resolved instantly.
  • Button prompts on screen for ease of use.
  • Very easy to play.
  • Enjoyable.
  • Cards- Many types from typical attack and defend to earn more energy/gold or swap cards with your opponent or yourself! Hack cards to change the power of cards and so much more. Cards have power in them and this dictates their power. You can combine cards of the same color to increase the power/effect.
  • Simple yet clear UI and menu.
  • Basic but devilishly deep.
  • New cards and augments are introduced slowly.
  • Five locations like Jungle, Snow and even the desert!
  • Can replay tournaments.

Cons:

  • Multiplayer has no options like search or filter. You are just chucked straight in.
  • Not the best selection of music as it goes on a journey from a song that sounds like the final song in Carry on camping but remixed in Guitar Hero whilst other music sounds like its a mash-up of Music 2000 and DJ Hero.
  • No, undo button.
  • Despite the tutorial and help button, You soon get a scary amount of new cards and augments banging up as just icons.
  • The story is not a strong part.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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