Game: Shoot Many Robots
Genre: 2D Sidescroller Shooter
System: Xbox 360 (XBLA)
Review By: MrB4
Usually the phrase “Don’t judge a book by its cover” tends to apply to pieces of work that are trying to prove to people that there is more to them than meets the eye (I know that’s a Transformers quote, give me a break). This philosophy is used by every industry in the world, including video games. A number of different developers will incorporate clever ideas into their products in order to persuade consumers into buying their game, but sometimes they just end up going for the straightforward approach instead. Enter Shoot Many Robots, an XBLA shoot ’em up that is interested in doing one thing and one thing only, giving people the opportunity to blow up as many robots as humanly possible. Does that make the experience good or bad in the grand scheme of things? Let’s find out.
Fun Factor: This is definitely one of those titles that is a lot more fun to play with friends than by yourself. What I mean by this is that going through the adventure alone results more in doing the same thing over and over again, whereas playing together with a group of people tends to open up a whole new realm of gameplay possibilities. Another reason for one to play through the campaign with more than one person is because the levels themselves can be unfair at times, so it’s always nice to have someone there to back you up just in case things go bad in a hurry, and trust me, they will. All complaints aside, I still had a lot of fun.
Gameplay: About as repetitious as it can get for a game like this. All you do is move from one end of the level to the another, blow up as many robots as possible, defeat the occasional boss at the end of some stages, then rinse and repeat the process until you have completed your adventure. The controls are simple and easy to understand, which makes for an adaptable experience that gamers of all ages can enjoy (or at least for the ones who are old enough to partake in it anyway). My only real complaint about the gameplay is that aiming your gun made the onscreen character stop dead in his tracks, but other than that, everything else worked out just fine.
Graphics: Pretty decent for a downloadable title, but nothing special by any means. The level designs are well done, and do have quite a bit of detail to them. However, I just wish there was more variety in the different areas you could explore, because quite frankly, they got boring to look at after awhile. Character animations are goofy and entertaining to watch, even if they are completely ridiculous to begin with. Frame rate was consistent for the most part, though there were a few moments in which things tended to slow down because there were too many enemies onscreen at one time.
Sound: Not too bad for the most part. The background music did set the mood for each stage, and was enjoyable to listen to. Sound effects did pack quite a punch, especially when it came to explosions, because they were completely over the top for even the smallest of situations. All in all a solid audio presentation.
Replayability: This is where the game truly shines, as there are quite a few things to do once you complete the main campaign, which only take a few hours to accomplish anyway. There are number of different costumes, weapons, and armor upgrades to unlock, leaderboards for high score junkies, a level system, star rankings for each stage, three different difficulty levels, and the ability to play through any level, either online or offline, with up to three of your friends. So, needless to say, replay value is not a problem here at all.
Shoot Many Robots is a fun, albeit repetitive, experience that is enjoyable to play with others, but not by yourself. Fans of blowing things up should go ahead and download it right now.
Final Score: 4 out of 5 stars
Shoot Many Robots
Developer: Demiurge Studios
MSRP: 800 MSP ($10.00)