What could possibly be cooler than a game titled Robot Unicorn Attack? Well, not much. You see Adult Swim — responsible for “adult” animated series like Metalocalypse, Super Jail, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, etc. — is sort of in the business of being cool. Fortunately for [as], they’re not only good at making games sound cool, they actually play very well.
Adult Swim has long been making games for iOS devices, and Robot Unicorn Attack is the company’s first venture into Android territory. Available now for $0.99, RUA can be purchased for any device running 1.6 or higher. Currently, RUA is only at version 1.0, which is 21M in size.
One of my favorite things about the Robot Unicorn Attack is how simple the gameplay is. There is only one version of the game you can play, and there is only two buttons while playing it.
Both buttons, “jump, double jump” and “rainbow attack,” are explained from the main page, where instead of pressing “play” or “start,” you just push “TOUCH to make your wishes come true!”
After the game loads up, everything is incredibly simple: you are a robot unicorn, with three lives (or “wishes”), running non-stop, and you must jump or smash your way through obstacles as you collect fairies making your score grow higher. You can alter gameplay a little by changing the controls from buttons to gestures (double tap to jump, swipe to rainbow attack), but other than that, there’s nothing more to it.
If I had one gripe about Robot Unicorn Attack, it’s the settings menu. For some odd reason, I couldn’t access the settings menu on my Nexus S from the start screen. If you press back, you exit the game. If you press the menu key, nothing happens. So how do you access the settings menu?
You can either start a game, and then press the “i” button in the top right corner, press the back key while playing, or die. Once you’re in the settings menu, if you press back, you go back to the game — there is no “back to game” button. It feels wonky to press back to enter the settings menu, and then press back again to leave, but that’s the way it’s set up.
As far as the settings available, there isn’t many. You can turn music, sfx, and vibrations on and off, view the credits, view Open Feint leader boards, and turn the controls from buttons to gestures.
The graphics and performance category is where Robot Unicorn Attack really grabs your attention. Not only did the graphics look great, but colors were vivid, animations were smooth, and during my time playing on a Nexus S running CM7, I had no problems at all. I had one force close when I initially opened the game, but it was during logging into Open Feint. Other than that, Everything was incredibly smooth.
One thing I feel I should mention: With the speed of the game, I could imagine that any phone with similar or better specs than a Nexus S will probably do fine. Anything less than that, you may run into problems. Be sure to use that return window wisely if you have an older device.
When everything is said and done, the gameplay, graphics, and settings are not what makes Robot Unicorn Attack a great game. It’s how over-the-top awesome it is to take control of a robot unicorn as you soar through the skies. It’s the terribly corny music, the dolphins soaring next to you, the whimsical font used… Sure, the novelty wears off rather quickly, but for $0.99, I think it’s well worth it. To view Robot Unicorn Attack in the Android Market, use the link below