Review: Shoot Many Robots brings side-scrolling robot shooting to Android
At a Glance
Demiurge Studios' Shoot Many Robots has gone from consoles to PCs—and now a port of the game is available on Android. Robot shooting purists might dismiss the simplified mechanics of the mobile version, but this is still a light-hearted romp though a post-apocalyptic world with too many robots and guns.
Shoot Many Robots, as you might imagine, has you shoot many robots as you continuously run from left to right. You’ll spend most of the game dealing out lead to these machinations by spamming the fire button. But this isn’t a walk though fields of machines—there are multiple paths you can take and you'll have to keep an eye out for obstacles. It’s a fast paced game that keeps you on your toes while you decide which path will net you biggest amount of nuts (the game's currency) and bot kills.
A typical game goes on forever through an apocalyptic industrial backdrop starting with a dirt trail that eventually leads to a defunct oil field. The fun only ends when you meet your inevitable demise by touching a robot, spike wall, explosive barrel or generally any surface.
In between bouts of run-and-gun action, you return to your doomsday preparer's RV to upgrade your load-out. This includes improving your infinitely dumping revolver, as well as a zanier supply of consumable flamethrowers and Tesla guns.
The biggest problem I have with Shoot Many Robots is upgrades only last for a real-life timespan of 24 hours. So you can play for hours on end completely tricking out your character and armament, only to return the next day to find yourself back on square one. Talk about time lost.
Of course this being a free game, there’s the occasional ad for other free games and microtransactions. You can spend anywhere from one real dollar for five in game “bonds” to as much as $50 for 1,000 bond bucks, which can be used to buy beefier up pieces of equipment or instant revivals for when you mess up.
Thankfully, you don’t have to pay-to-win at Shoot Many Robots. Levels get easier once you've run through them a few times, and you can more easily tear through groups of enemies once you invest in upgrading a few firearms. Upgrade enough weapons and those poor automatons won't know what hit them..
If you were a fan of the original Shoot Many Robots game on the consoles or Steam, this game comes short. On the other hand, if you’re just looking for a frenetic shooter to pass the time, Shoot Many Robots won’t disappoint you.
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