Robots are a girl’s best friend
As more and more companies spew out ‘Candy Crush’ and ‘Bejewelled’ clones it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find fun and original puzzle games with a casual pick up and play feel to them. When we first saw the trailer for ‘Girls like robots’ we were expecting another half-assed clone. How wrong we were.
Girls like robots, at its core, is reminiscent of the old seating plan logic puzzle that you probably did a thousand times in school. In this case we begin the game with some short tutorial like stages explaining the fundamentals. Girl likes robot, robot likes girl and virtually everyone hates nerds. (On a side note this game will likely even have you hating nerds after the first few levels.) With this knowledge we are beset with the awkward task of placing a certain number of each character type on a grid while trying to keep them all happy. Once all the squares are taken we are rewarded with up to three Happy Coins which we put in the Happy Bag. More happiness means more Happy Coins and more Happy Coins means more bonus levels. This however makes it possible to skip past levels leaving them pretty much unsolved for the price of a few bonus levels. Although we were adamant to solve every puzzle properly the temptation to settle for less coins grew as the difficulty increased and more challenging aspects were introduced. This was our only gripe with what was otherwise a well-executed game.
When we first started playing, we have to admit that we were worried that the gameplay would start to feel stale and tedious after a while. After all there is a good five hours of gameplay in Girls like Robots. These worries proved redundant, however; as each set of levels is introduced, new elements and mechanics accompany them, changing up the gameplay until you’re trying to placate needy fish before they land back on their hurdling truck.
All of the changes in gameplay correlate with the storyline and given it’s genre, the last thing we were expecting from a game like this was a decent storyline. Girls Like Robots, however, takes a decent stab at it and while it’s no masterpiece, it’s dry humour and adorable little square people did keep us from skipping cut scenes. Our puzzle solving takes the host of misfits through all sorts of diverse landscapes and scenarios from the school cafeteria to space parliament. The cheery, cartoony visuals lend themselves well to the wacky plot and a lively country themed soundtrack will spur you on to keep trying even if you fail at a puzzle multiple times.
Girls like robots is a prime example of its genre and does very little wrong. That being said it is still just a casual pick up and play puzzle game but if that’s your thing then this game is definitely worth a play.
Girls like Robots can be found on Steam for £4.99