Game Info:

Girls Like Robots
Developed by: Adult Swim
Published by: Popcannibal
Released: October 11, 2012 (iOS), February 14, 2014
Available on: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS
Genre: Puzzle
Number of players: 1
Price: $6.99 (Steam), $2.99 (Apple Store)

Robots like girls. Girls like robots, but they don't like nerds. Nerds like girls and robots, but they don't like other nerds. And everyone loves pie... except robots.

These are just a few of the simple rules to know for the puzzle game "Girls Like Robots." You have to arrange a variety of colorful, blocky characters in a grid so as many of them are as happy as possible. Or, in some cases, as unhappy as possible. As you solve puzzles, you'll discover a storyline that involves cows, aliens, Abraham Lincoln, and a romance between a girl and her bugs. In other words, these square characters are united in a silly, nonsensical plot which join the different puzzles together into a cohesive narrative.

The game is controlled simply with the mouse – just point and click to place characters, or to swap seats, or what have you. Some of the bonus games require the use of the arrow keys. In any case, the controls are pleasant and responsive, making for quite comfortable gameplay.

Girls Like Robots

Strong Points: Clever puzzles; silly storyline
Weak Points: Mediocre music
Moral Warnings: None!

The real challenge lies in trying to remember the personal interactions between all the characters, what they like or hate, and how to make everything fit together. Each puzzle will be rated based on how close you've come to meeting or exceeding the objective, and tokens will be added to your "bag of happy" based on how well you do. These tokens can be used to unlock different bonus games. 

The colorful, cartoony graphics do well with conveying the affection they have for each other, with the animated faces appropriately giggling or grimacing. The background music is catchy, with a bit of a folksy, country twang, but not terribly memorable. My wife, who likes country music, thought it sounded nice. There isn't really any voice acting, other than laughs or growls of disgust. 

Girls Like Robots
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 86%
Gameplay - 17/20
Graphics - 8/10
Sound - 8/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 5/5

Morality Score - 100%
Violence - 10/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10

The story is told in three acts, with several chapters preceded by short videos and the occasional tutorial to demonstrate a new element. But in addition to the story, there also are several bonus games that can be unlocked depending on how full your "Bag of Happy" might be, and these can provide hours of entertainment as well – especially for those with a competitive spirit. On Steam, leaderboards are available to compare your stats with other players.

From a moral standpoint, there doesn't appear to be anything to be worried about with this one. There is one odd scene with one of the square-headed fellows disappearing into a bush with a chicken, but since there's no dialogue, there's no explanation as to why this happened (he did just win a game of chicken bomb ball...).

So, to refresh your memory, let's go over the rules again. Girls like robots. Nerds like girls and edges, but not other nerds. Fish like everyone but robots. And you'll probably like this game.


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