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Robo5 for Android review: A platform game that's puzzling on many levels

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The Good Robo5 is a unique platform-style action-puzzle game that is challenging and visually fascinating.

The Bad A richer, faster-moving storyline could help your play feel more rewarding.

The Bottom Line If you like platform-style puzzle games, then Robo5 is a great one.


8.7 Overall
  • Setup 10
  • Features 8
  • Interface 9
  • Performance 10

Set in a futuristic steampunk-flavored world, Robo5 is a 3D puzzle game that puts you in the shoes of a cute and quirky robot trying to escape his laboratory. As Robo No. 5, your job is to climb up mountains of boxes, reach the top, and advance levels. But with perplexing box configurations and other obstacles, this task can be much more difficult than it sounds.

Similar to many other mobile games, Robo5 starts you off with stages that are designed to teach you how to play. Throughout these, a mysterious character known only as "LA" gives you tips. Also, the layouts of the levels let you practice basic moves like pushing, pulling, and hopping along the sides of boxes. To have any hope of completing the later levels, you first need to master all of these skills, and you have to learn to deal with things like immovable objects, boxes that act as teleportation devices, and even time limits. While the first 10 stages or so are relatively simple, the stages that follow quickly increase in difficulty. If you enjoy challenging puzzle platformers, then this is certainly a good one.

To get to the top, you must push, pull, and hop on the sides of boxes. But trust me, it's not as easy as it sounds. Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

In Robo5, you'll commonly encounter things like uncrossable gaps between objects. Since Robo No. 5 cannot jump (except to get on top of a box), you must get over these obstacles by creating either bridges or stairways using movable boxes. Similarly, you often have to create stairways to get atop high platforms. The challenge is that as you move boxes around, you may be causing other boxes to fall or become otherwise inaccessible. These are the kinds of puzzles you can expect with Robo5.

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