Don’t Die, Mr Robot, is a dodge ’em arcade game, created by Infinite State Games. With multiple modes available to maximise the fun, the premise is you dodge the enemies and collect fruit. If you live long enough, you can rack up enough points that the number makes your eyes water and your heart beat hard, to the point it feels like you just drank seven litres of energy drinks.
The addictive game can seem a little boring at first, all you have to do is move your analogue stick around (or press your D-pad, depending on your personal preference), and avoid enemies that mosey on past you. But wait, give it a chance, and suddenly you are pulling off dodges you did not even know were possible, squeezing past enemies and astonishing yourself. Enemies start closing in on you from all angles and one piece of fruit can instantly clear your whole board, giving you enough time to wipe the sweat off your brow before it throws you right back in to the mix.
You can choose from ‘Arcade Mode’, ‘Time Attack’, ‘Chill Out’ and ‘Remix Mode’. In my opinion, none of the modes are better than the others, they all keep things interesting. Even chill out mode picks up the pace enough to where there is a high probability you will not make it past two minutes. If you are a trophy hunter, chill out mode is not even that chilled out, when you are clawing your way back from the brink of death to last five minutes, just to hear the sweet sounds of a trophy popping. It is a very rare, silver trophy too. So beautiful.
Don’t Die, Mr Robot, keeps things interesting with a robotic female voice over, who clearly does not believe in you as once you land on the screen, she ends her instructions with: ‘spoilers, you will die’. However, once you pull out dodges of such agility, which, if nothing, would have made your P.E teacher proud, and rack up high points in one swift move, the voice is exclaiming things like ‘nice chain’ and egging you on to see if you are not just a one move wonder. In that sense, it is similar to candy crush, where words like ‘tasty’ are virtual pats on the back. Being complimented by the voice who told you that you were going to die before you even started playing makes you feel a little smug, inspiring you to pull off more death-defying tricks just to hear her compliment you again.
The soundtrack is repetitive, just the same beat over and over, and whilst it is a little funky, it can become annoying if you get sucked in to playing the game for quite some time, like I did. Eventually, I just put on my own music while playing, and although I missed hearing that robotic voice, it did help me keep my sanity. The colours leave a lot to be desired too, the dark, muted colours not really attracting your gaze. Perhaps Infinite State Games simply thought you will not even see the colours, just shapes you need to whizz by. The fruit is brightly coloured, so once they land on the screen, the colour acts like a beacon to grab your attention and keep it.
Don’t Die, Mr Robot is addictive. Maybe a little too addictive for its own good. Do not download this game if you have responsibilities, is all I am saying. You may write it off at the start, but once this game has your attention, you will find it hard to break its grasp. This is definitely a game worth your time.
REVIEW CODE: A complimentary Sony Playstation 4 code was provided to Bonus Stage for this review. Please send all review code enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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