|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Vogster||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Tecmo||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 18, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 14||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Hero units allow for more detailed, hands-on control. Infused with great powers and abilities, these heroes can be controlled in real time and can sometimes outperform an entire unit. You can choose from 10 different robots each with different strengths and abilities.
Joe Commando sports dual chainguns, while Sergeant Payne cracks skulls with his Head Cracking Gauntlet Gloves. Various scouts and snipers round out the rest of the heroes but its the Warlord General that commands the most respect. Hes got the most experience and is incredibly powerful. An oversized chainsaw is attached to his arm, so he can reach out and shred someone.
This is a really good-looking and nice-sounding game. The cartoon presentation is perfectly married with the audio, which features a great comical soundtrack reminiscent of classic cartoons. This connection to classic cartoons is purely intentional, as the story and dialogue were created by some of the writers of Spongebob Squarepants. From the intro cutscene to the in-game combat, theres always something to get a chuckle from. Even though the game has an E rating, the humor does seem somewhat mature, although I would prefer to label it as sophisticatedly immature.
A four-player head-to-head mode is offered. It requires that all players have a copy of the game. As in the single-player mode, the controls are relegated to the stylus, and everything worked smoothly. There is the slightest hint of slowdown during huge explosions, but its just the destructions animation and doesnt affect the gameplay. Overall, Robocalypse is a solid and deep game with incredible presentation. Its certainly one of the best RTS games on the system to date.
CCC Senior Writer