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Give Up, Robot

Give Up, Robot is designed to punish you in as many different ways as possible. And that is what makes it great. Players control a unicycling, pixelated robot with a grappling hook and a stoic tenacity, who must traverse elaborate gauntlets at the behest of a fractured, highly vocal, passive-aggressive computer overseer.

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What a wonderful, colorful, sunny, cheerful, jolly, merry, mirthful, bright, funny, merry, joyous and queer game.

Welcome back, fuzzyface. Good to 'see' you again. :)

Awesome game! :D

The platform challenges do get rather ridiculous though.

I just want to add, if anyone likes this game, you should check out An Untitled Story, which was also made by Matt Thorson.


It's time to DANCE!!@#$@#%$#@$DFGWRW1324531!!!

I quite liked the game. It was quirky, with enough 8-bit music and sounds to bring me back to an earlier time, and I like the crack-intro style graphics.

Game was challenging but never got me to want to throw my computer against the wall... except that that last level was a little rough.

Love the physics of this one. It's jerky and erratic, but in a way that is wholly predictable and controllable. While most other platformers are striving for a smooth, flowy float through the air, this feels just silly enough to be unique and fun, but not so arbitrary as to be frustrating.

Another good take on the 'malevolent AI guide' trope, as well.

I'm stuck on level 36, unfortunately. The first level that scrolls to the side, with the giant falling block above you. Does anybody have any tips?

Ohh personally welcomed Jay! *smile* Time does its wonders, you'll notice I'll be far less "crummy" than I've been, I promise! Personalities develop (at least I hope so)


Jump down, immediately jump high but not far to the right and tag the ceiling (which will fall) with your grapple. As soon as the grapple hits, let go and immediately grapple the 1-block thin wall on your left and swing left. If you do it fast enough you'll be out the "door" before the ceiling falls and you can swing back in and run across.

Level 42 has made my robot give up… at least for now.

Man this was fun. I didn't have any serious trouble until the last 10 levels or so but they were killer!

Just kidding. Power of the post let me beat it next try.

Oh, wow. I also quit exactly on level 50 xD.

This game reminds me moneyseize

Awesome game. I think the controls would actually be harder if ou could aim the hook, especially in the later levels. I'm still working on level 50, but I'mm get in eventually. This game reminds me of N in a way, because its so easy to laugh at your mistakes.

Whew, that was pretty rough. Finished normal mode and was like, "My, that was hard!" Then, I remembered that there was still hard mode to do! And it starts out at the difficulty that normal mode ends in! Finished all 11 levels though, and the last one looked awfully familiar... :-D

My robot decided to give up on level 48. Right now, I stand at 367 deaths and a time of 40:29.08 ... Perhaps I shall return later.

I think 46 is pure evil, but I know that by posting this I will now pass the level.

Okay, I was right, I posted and then finished 46 after a couple more tries.

But then came 48....funk that.

The regular levels are hard... but the hard levels deserve to be in a list of the top 10 hardest platformers of all time.

The thing that struck my mind on the 30th or so try of level hard 3 was "hmmm... the voice sounds like GLaDOS.... was this Aperture Science back in the 70s?" lol

Oh, and now that I read the posts and see there are only 11 hard levels, I'm encouraged to finish. If there were 50, and I'm only on five, it would take me DAYS to finish. :P

A lot of fun, but the lack of any real ending was disappointing. They could have at least had the cpu congratulate you in some way!

Also, the later levels got very frustrating, and the computer didn't stop the frustration for me, that's for sure. :P

This sounds familiar... all we need is a fake promise of cake.

I think my favorite thing about this game is that it doesn't assume I'm a moron or six years old. Games like this have a habit of taking 10 levels to introduce every possible scenario one piece at a time, then just spitting them out in different permutations for the rest of the game. This one lets you get the hang (HA!) of the controls, then just goes at it. Some levels are crazy hard, some are way easy, but they're all fun (even if you want to choke a CPU). There often is no one gimmick on a level, but a combination of tricks you must master to win (and I do mean master).

finished lvl 50 with 330 deaths @45min. (thank god)pretty much quit on lvl 1 HARD MODE when i realized the game was taking over me.

I play a lot of games here, but I only sign in and comment on the exceptional ones. So here I am.

This game is DIABOLICAL! During the last 3 levels it made me want to crush my computer and use its components for dental hygiene. I love a challenge, but I don't have forever. My robot gave up on level 50. So close, so far.

As for the computer, I don't think it's being passive aggressive, or sarcastic, or anything like that. I think its just nuts and it honestly believes the robot is supposed to lose. And with the dancing, who can contest my theory?

Even the "glitches" (when you get caught behind a block and get slingshoted, or something like that) are reliable, and therefore become an enjoyable part of your repertoire of tricks.

I thought level 50 was pretty hard - It took me about a half hour to beat it. But then I tried Hard Mode... god help us all.

I'm glad that there is a blindingly difficult game out there that is actually good enough to play. This game gets five mushrooms from me.

I only got one disco ball. Shame. I ended up dying a lot on the last few levels.

Still on level 50 here, I walked away from it yesterday and am gonna think about doing it again today....I sure do wish there was a checkpoint!

Aaargh, I dont wanna quit on lvl 50 but I have to study! Damn you, robot! ;)

Only one disco ball in the end... 610 deaths, time of 78:20.68, giving me a score of 17,179,590. Level 50 took me several tries, but I beat it.

...And Hard mode is impossible.

Overall, super-fun game, though extremely trippy and relatively hard to beat. I enjoyed it. Stopped on level 48 or so first time around, then continued and beat the last 3 levels today.

I hate, uh I mean love this game.

That's the kind of complex emotion this wells me up with.
Also 44 is making me cry.

I had a second pass at this game today. Did all 50 levels in under 15 minutes and under 100 deaths. For this I earned 3 disco balls out of six.

And the hard mode is still impossible. Stuck on the second level.

Can anyone tell me how to beat level 7 on the hard levels... I am stuck and can't quite figure it out.

Great review. Great game. Had a blast the whole way.

On HARD lv2. Already die hundred times in hard mode. Guys, beat lv50 and enjoy more!

I love this game!

But I hate the first level on hardmode!
I've died over 20 times on the finish line, my robot doesn't seem to be able to actually jump that far.

come on guys lvl 50 took me 19 mins lol.. u guys should play lvl 7 hard mode, way too hard.

got stuck on level 17

Never, EVER give anything like level 50 again lol.
Took me 25 minutes.

And now onto HARD MODE!!!!!


Stuck on level 42

i beat the all levels including hard in 30 min
no one said i could and so i bet i won 20 bucks

Okay... I have never been so determined to be taunted by a computer over and over and over again. 666 times in fact- Oh dang...

I was really stupid with level 50 there...

I was grappling onto the columns and swinging through them. I jumped onto that little square then swung through the five columns, trying to grab onto the block after the fifth one. Then when I sat back after the three hundredth kill or so, I suddenly saw the easy way and I was like, "...You gotta be kidding me!"

Im stuck on level 42 and i get to the last corner and die....any help?

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