What kind of life can there be for a Killbot who doesn't want to kill? It appears that when Killbot Industries fails to install a conscience inhibitor properly, you're left with a mild-mannered pink android who'd prefer to use his telekinetic powers for playing dress-up and smelling roses, rather than sowing destruction. And well... how can you not want to help the lil' guy out? Killbot, a puzzle-platforming adventure by PixelWelders, is an off-kilter blend of a thousand different gaming inspirations.
First, you have the Robot Wanting to escape the factory, with the usual gap-jumping and button-pressing that implies. Then there's the Portal-esque snarky narration and Gravity Gun-styled telekinesis. There's the hand-drawn-on-a-notebook aesthetic that's a mix of Fancy Pants Man and Salad Fingers. Finally, there's the techno album by US Killbotics that the game is somewhat aggressive in plugging, and for which free download codes are offered throughout. All these competing influences, combined with glitchy controls, end up making Killbot feel like kind of a mess, though a very engaging one. It's clear that the developers have a lot of cool ideas to bring to flash gaming, and the refinement of the craft is certain to come with further releases. All in all, Killbot is a cool debut, and one worth killing some time on.