Monday, December 14, 2015

Escape From The Planet Of The Robot Monsters

Evil reptilons are hell-bent on destroying us and have also taken hold of Planet X. They've enslaved the human population and forced them to build a robot army for an invasion. Jake and Duke are two heroes with a simple plan: destroy as many robots as possible, trash the computers, rescue ever cute girl and save the day.

Robot Monsters is played in a similar style to other 3D isometric games, just imagine a pinch Buck Rogers mixed in with a dollop of Gauntlet and you get a general idea. Your main goal is to rescue the humans, without forgetting those held in stasis pods, and all this is going on whilst Planet X constantly produces enemy robots. These are relentless in their hatred for you and will soon be a hoard if you don't start killing them. Along the way are traps designed specifically for us soft fleshy humans: sharp spikes, rotating chunks of metal and electric floor panels.

The robots come in a variety of models and I love the biscuit-looking ones! We have a laser weapon which is great but refrain from overuse otherwise it becomes less effective... Thankfully, it can be charged by collecting the green blobs that a dead robot can leave behind. There are also bombs - just hit the shift key and they detonate straight away killing anything within your vicinity - even the captives - so be careful. A canal stage appears after a few levels which offer extra bonuses but isn't essential to your overall progress and I wasn't too eager about it anyhow. The big Reptilon boss will first seem an impossible opponent but there is a cunning way with to avoid it using a few bombs and a little joystick waggling.... Just ask if you need any help.

Robot Monsters is full to the brim with originality and frantic metallic mayhem! It's a demented game and I love its comical personality, great characters, and frantic gameplay. An extraordinary and iconic 16-Bit game!


 - A download is available from the mighty D-Bug's which can also be installed to hard drive.
 - But for those which require a floppy disk image just use Old Games Finder.
 - Yes, I recorded an awesome video for your viewing pleasure!