No, It's Not a misprint, it actually is supposed to read '91%'. If you're a regular reader of these pages, you'll already know that here in indie-land, that's an unprecedented score. In fact, RoboBlitz - a stunning, third-person action-puzzler about a robot trying to defend a space cannon from attacking pirates - is our highest-scoring Indie Zone game of all time. A round of applause please.
Let's start with the visuals. Believe it or not, the engine generating RoboBlitz's awe-inspiring visuals is none other than Unreal Engine 3. Yes, the very same one that's powering UT2007. But rather than just providing eye candy, the engine's physics capabilities have been milked like a cow at a power-lifting convention.
You play the role of Blitz, a maintenance robot on the space cannon tasked with bringing the facility back online after a crippling pirate attack. What follows is a set of levels packed with puzzles and combat, with many tasks having multiple solutions thanks to Naked Sky Entertainment's masterful use of Unreal Engine 3's capabilities.
Some hugely imaginative weapons such as the Hover Gun - which makes objects float - and a weapon that allows you to join objects or enemies together with an elastic, electrical field, further bolster the fun factor. The sheer glee you'll feel the first time you join together two enemy units and watch them smash themselves to pieces as they try to wriggle free is sublime.
The Firework Launcher is another inspired inclusion, allowing you to send enemies flying skywards with a technicoloured bang that'd have Guy Fawkes applauding from his grave. With a price tag that puts many other indie games to shame, RoboBlitz is almost above criticism as far as indie game development goes. However, a word of warning. You're going to need a machine akin to something you'd usually associate with an underground government surveillance bunker in order to really get the most out of this.
If your 3D card is more than 18-months old and isn't at least 256MB in girth, then you'd be best advised to steer clear of this power-hungry indie behemoth. But if your machine is up to the task, then don't hesitate to snap up what is undoubtedly the best indie game we've ever had the pleasure to paw.
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP