By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on October 12, 2017
"Those two are malfunctioning." - "Scrap them." And so begins the journey of two little robots that want to live. Rescue your friend and escape from the dangerous factory!
Would you not want to play a game that has a description like this? Well, when we read this on the Ratalaika Games website, we just couldn't resist; we just had to see who these poor robots were that were about to make the most daring escape any couple of mechanical friends has ever attempted
What started with a 3D printer project, has resulted in a videogame. One man idependent game developer, Thin Ice Games, started developing this idea. Twin Robots was first launched in December 2013 for OUYA. After a successful Steam Greenlight period sometime later, the game was also ported to Steam in 2015. The year after that, Twin Robots even became available for the Nintendo Wii U. This year, Thin Ice teamed up with the guys from Ratalaika Games, who have a lot of experience with porting videogames. Why did they start this collaboration, you ask? Well, to bring this awesome mechanical adventure to the PS4 and PS Vita!
Twin Robots is a game about two robots who are thrown away, meant to be destroyed in a garbage disposal unit. Now they are trapped in there and they need to find a way out. Luckily, the door on one side of the disposal unit is open, so one robot can escape this crushing death trap and try to find the button that switches off the steadily lowering crusher and open the door in order for the second robot to make its escape. You can play the game be yourself and switch back and forth between the two robots. But I suggest playing this game with a friend, so in my case Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams joined my little robot party.
So, let's do this, shall we? Okay, every time a new level starts, one of the robots will be trapped in the locked half of the disposal unit. There is a door between the two halves, which can only be opened by pushing a big red button that resides somewhere in the level. So the robot who isn't trapped must make its way through the 2D platforming level in order to find the button and set the other robot free. When you're both free, you can search for the exit and clear the level.
Sounds easy enough, right? Well, the developer implement some features which make things a bit more complicated. First you'll need to know that the robot that is stuck in the garbage disposal, only has a limited time in there, before it becomes a steel sandwich. Secondly, everything you do cost energy. Both robots have a battery cell, so your energy is limited and you'll need to keep an eye out for the level of your battery and ways to recharge it. And third, this is a platformer! So the traps and obstacles become more difficult as you progress the game. And oh yeah, have I already mentioned that each level ends with a door that requires energy from your battery cells in order to open? So, no energy, no completing the level?
Twin Robots is a real challenge and, above all, a lot of fun to play. The developer has come up with ways to share and care. You're able to transfer the energy between the two robots. And when you free the second robot, there are energy pick-ups on the floor. So simply walking over them will charge your battery. Some puzzles require both robots in order to solve them. So make sure you don't lose track of one another! Energy sharing is something that may come in handy when trying to open the door that marks the end of every level. When one robot doesn't have enough energy left, the second one may take over and provide however much energy still is needed.
It is simply a really fun game! The more levels your complete, the more difficult the next one will be. You can play it couch coop, which is really a big plus for me! The controls are simple and work fine and the robots look cute! What's not to like?