Robot Wants Puppy
In case you haven't heard, robot wanted kitty. And robot got kitty! Problem solved, right? Well, not quite, since now it seems Robot Wants Puppy, and in this charming retro platformer, you'll have to unlock a host of new and weird abilities to get it one.
As before, you control your robot with the [arrow] keys, but this time you're not alone. Perched atop our hero's head is Kitty, and once you get the appropriate power up, you can hit [X] to summon his assistance in a way that is as adorable as it is undoubtedly humiliating for your enemies. In fact, whereas the original had you upgrading your robot, most of the techniques you'll earn here incorporate the kitty. If you're hit, you just respawn at the last checkpoint you touched. Move through the maze, gathering other abilities and keys to unlock the way forward and eventually make your robot the proud owner of a furry flea machine. (Sorry canine fans; cats rule, dogs drool.) You don't have to worry about the timer in the upper left corner, since it's only there to keep track of your playing time and to make you feel inadequate when other players start posting their own.
Analysis: It seems developer Hamumu Software has learned one of the most important rules of design; listen to your audience. While it was cute as a button, Robot Wants Kitty was occasionally frustrating, and ultimately pretty simple. With the addition of checkpoints you can set, Robot Wants Puppy eliminates a lot of the frustrating backtracking that happened in the original whenever you were hit. The boss battles this time around, while challenging, also aren't nearly as frustrating as their predecessor... although still unfortunately not that exciting. Throwing your cat at an enemy is also funny, but can get annoying when you realise you actually have to walk over and pick the furry critter up again afterwards.
While still fairly short and straightforward, Hamumu Software has won a prize of one thousand internets for this simply because rather than making a carbon copy of the original, they made a sequel that kept the simple-but-challenging platforming concept of the original but made sure to keep the rest of the content new and interesting. I wasn't really expecting a sequel to Robot Wants Kitty, and while this one is welcome and fun, I kind of hope it doesn't make it to a trilogy; while Robot Wants Platypus would undoubtedly be equally funny, there comes a point when you start wanting more from a clearly talented developer other than the same scenario over and over.
If you would like to contribute to your future mechanical overlords' furry menagerie, then by all means play Robot Wants Puppy. Not that it will save you from the eventual assimilation, but maybe they'll play you some easy listening jazz while you're in the automatic flesh stripper. That's like friendship, right? (If not, I have some serious apology letters to write to my loved ones.) Short, fun, and certainly cute, this is one little bit of retro adventure you won't want to miss if you were a fan of the original.
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