If you're just reading this headline and know nothing of the independent PC title Mr. Robot, then chances are you may think this game is about our own Mr. Destructoid. Sadly, that is not the case.
However, what you are getting is an independent game that is described as such by its makers:
Check out our independent review after the jump.
The character design is a major strength, with vibrant personalities clear before a word of dialogue is even spoken, the sharp character models given a real feeling of solidity by their pleasingly clumpy robotic animations and some understated but striking lighting effects. There's a fantastic overall sense of tangibility and character about Mr. Robot's looks that immerses the player through bringing the game world to life more effectively than a few next-gen games I could mention. And the fact that the lead character reminds me of a less steampunk version of Robo from Chrono Trigger definitely gets it a couple of bonus points as far as I'm concerned.
If you can't work something out, it's only because you aren't thinking around it in the right way, and the way the game often rewards trial and error experimentation (and is friendly enough to allow you to reset any room any time you like if you want to make a better attempt) makes the whole experience far less clinical than it could have been.
As a Cheetos-stained love note to the science fiction genre and home computer classics like Rare's ZX Spectrum title, Alien 8, Mr. Robot is a smashing success. It drips with the love of a slobbering nerd who grew up in the 80s, attempting to be the perfect little package of platforming, Japanese turn-based role-playing game design, and the occasional box shuffling puzzler (a la Sokoban).
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