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Robot Unicorn Attack 2 (iOS) review: The most majestic running game just got better

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The Good Robot Unicorn Attack 2 adds new features like levels and challenges, customization options, and an online community -- all at no cost.

The Bad RUA2 drops vibration feedback, and now that it’s free, you’ll need to buy Erasure’s “Always” if you want to hear it during gameplay.

The Bottom Line With its vibrant graphics, ironic sense of humor, and epic New Wave soundtrack, Robot Unicorn Attack 2 is a free game that you shouldn't miss.


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

When I first learned that Cartoon Network's Adult Swim released a sequel to Robot Unicorn Attack (RUA) a few days ago on iOS, I could barely contain my excitement.

As one of the first apps I ever downloaded onto my device, it holds a special place in my heart. I forked over $2.99 for it, and ever since then, I was able to travel to a world with so much wonder and color, my eyes cried rainbows after 10 minutes of gameplay.

And while it's hard to improve a game that already features jumping dolphins and severed unicorn heads, the sequel pushes the original into further reaches of awesomeness with tons of new features, levels, and challenges. The best part, though? It's now free.

Always, I wanna be with you
Like the original, RUA2 is an infinite runner game. Initially, you'll navigate your unicorn along a dirt terrain (though, as you progress, you can run in different worlds), collecting fairies and unicorn tears, and jumping through rainbow hoops (yes, you read all of that correctly).

Press the bottom-left corner of your screen to avoid gaps and jump, and press the right corner to dash through gigantic stars that block your way. The longer you run, the faster you go. And if you're doing really well, dolphins will jump up from the bottom of the screen as if to say, "Way to go! Keep making your dreams come true!"

Robot Unicorn Attack 2
I can only hope that when I die in real life, it looks this glorious. Lynn La/CNET

You die by either falling or running into a star or side of a cliff. You get three chances (or "wishes") before your total score is tallied up. Unlike the first RUA, where the only challenge given to you was to "not die" and get a higher score, RUA2 offers numerous incentives for continual gameplay.

At each level, you'll need to finish a certain achievement in order to unlock the next rank. These can include things like "collect 50 tears" or "jump through three hoops." Reaching certain levels enables you to have more gaming options. For example, once you reach the fourth level, you can start customizing the look of your unicorn; the sixth level lets you join the online battle; and the 15th level lets you enter the Ice World terrain. If you have enough points, however, you can skip achieving a task and pay your way with unicorn tears to another level.

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