Robotic Arm

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Robot wants dots! Okay, the star of Robot Arm, a simple idea puzzle game by Amidos2006 might be missing his torso, head, and legs, but his desires are no less poignant. Robotic Arm offers a cunning test of spatial logic that should appeal to any fan of mechanical manipulation puzzles.

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4/5 from me.
I enjoyed the game, but I would have appreciated an indication of which node was the root. It was pretty easy to figure out, since it's the one that makes the whole structure glow, but some immediate sign would be nice.
Also, it should be possible to turn anticlockwise as well.
But yeah, the puzzles were just right, and it didn't drag on like some other games I could mention - just a nice little snack before I go to bed!

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Cute, but maybe a little too light.

I think it's tough to make challenging puzzles in this game because it has what I'll call an "abelian play mechanic": it doesn't matter what order you click the nodes in, as long as you click the right ones the right number of times. So getting the answer is usually easy, and most of the time you end up solving the puzzle in the minimum number of steps on the first try without having to plan ahead. There's one exception to this rule in the levels where one node can end up on top of another one (because if you want to click the node on the "bottom", you have to do so before that happens), but otherwise the levels don't really feel different from each other.

Not that I have any idea how to fix this without fundamentally changing the game. Ah well.

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Game won't load for me. :[ (OS X, Chrome)

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Disregard previous...Shockwave crashed on me, so of course it wasn't loading. *sweatdrop*

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allenknutson Author Profile Page August 18, 2012 8:17 PM

@Buttons: it's not completely abelian, as sometimes you get rotator nodes atop one another, and can't freely choose which one you're clicking on.

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How disappointing, in that I finished all the levels quickly and according to the score, got them all right. I need MORE of this game and MORE challenge!

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Far too easy.

Robot Claw ( http://jayisgames.com/archives/2006/03/roboclaw.php ) was better.

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It's a good puzzle game, but I don't understand all the effort to relate the game to robots. It has nothing robotic about it. It's just a rotation puzzle game. The robot stuff just makes it seem like the game thinks too highly of itself.

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Level 12 can be cheated in only 14 moves it accepts a solution that doesn't have all hands on dots.

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