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Old 11-16-2012, 11:51 AM
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Default Revenge of the Rob-O-Bot by Color Monkey and Nena




Hey pinball lovers!

We (Color Monkey) and our friends NENA released our latest game today, Revenge of the Rob-O-Bot for iPhone/iPad. More platforms to come.

It's a retro-ish pinball game with some GREAT features:
- awesome missions
- bumpers
- flashing lights!
- chunky blippy sounds!
- 3 orange flippers!
- DMD
- moving parts!!
- balls!!!
- and probably some great graphics and super-realistic physics as well

We are super stoked to hear what you guys think! Hope you like it! We intend on releasing updates with more content for free the coming next months. This is hopefully the first of many pinball games to come.

iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/revenge-of-the-rob-o-bot/id521439425?ls=1&mt=8

Rob-O-Bot website: http://www.colormonkey.se/robobot




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Old 11-16-2012, 07:44 PM
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The graphics and animation look exceptionally well-made. Looking forward to impressions...
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:32 AM
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Just bought this a bit ago, very good I must say. Graphics are nice and it runs real smooth and plays decent. Music and sound is good also. Various missions and other things in this along with a skill shot, at least thats what I've seen so far. The nudge mechanic is based on shake and works well unlike Pinball Arcade. I would definitely recommend it to pinball fans, I don't think you will be disappointed.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:24 AM
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The best new pinball table on iOS is not from Zen or Farsight, or even LittleWing. It's not from A.S.K. Homework, and it's damn sure not from Gameprom. It's "Revenge of the Rob-o-Bot", and it's from Color Monkey. Who?

Yeah, this is the first Iíve heard of them, too. But hopefully, they'll stick around for a while. Iím having more fun with this one than I am with anything that Iíve played lately from those other guys.

Thereís voice acting and missions, and the ball feels great. It's built on top of a very impressive pinball engine from NENA, and it's fast and silky smooth, at least on the iPhone 5 that Iíve been playing it with. It's Universal, it's optimized for 4" screens, and it can be played in either landscape or portrait. Thereís one view for each orientation, and it very gently zooms in and out. But to me, it really feels like it's meant to be played vertically. The screen space really feels wasted when you're playing it horizontally.

The table is beautiful and has this great retro feel to it, with a í50s robot theme and something about the impending destruction of a "lesbionic" metropolis. Awesome.

Thereís a third flipper at the top left, and it reacts differently than any flipper Iíve ever seen. When touching the left side of the screen to activate this extra flipper, it fires, like you'd expect, but then it immediately returns. If you press and hold, your bottom left flipper will stay activated, but the extra flipper retracts immediately, no matter what. It's strange, for sure, but it feels interesting in play.

The music and the mechanical sounds are great, and there are some impressive lighting effects throughout the game. When the game zooms out between balls, or during a pause in the game, you can see a great big dot matrix display, and there are some impressive animations. When you're playing, though, the view doesnít really show this display. Instead, during gameplay, thereís a much thinner display that's shown, floating above the table, that has your score and also, on occasion, miniaturized animations. But if you look closely, you'll see that the larger DMD is still there, reflected, in real time, off of the table's glass. It's an impressive effect, it's perfectly smooth, and even with this, Iíve never once seen the gameplay hiccup, not even for a second.

The third flipper fires the ball toward Rob-o-Bot, the titular character who sits at the top right of the table. This is the invader you're fighting off, and he's the catalyst for the missions. The character is very reminiscent of Rudy, in a good way, and his eyes follow the ball just like in Funhouse. It's very cool.

The ball moves fast and it reacts naturally. Thereís just the right amount of friction, and it bounces perfectly off of the bumpers and the flippers. You can even do dead flipper passes pretty consistently.

The game is hard, though, but in a good way. For the longest time, I couldn't even complete any of the missions, but it never felt frustrating. Even though you have a ball-save feature for quick drains and kickbacks activated on each of the two out lanes, a lot of games go by pretty quickly, at least for me. This, according to their home page, is by design. It's supposed to be hard.

I find this refreshing. With Zen games lasting sometimes a half hour, and with Farsight neutering a lot of their tables, it somehow feels good when you shoot a ball halfway up a ramp and it drains right down the middle; you should've nudged it. It doesnít feel cheap when the ball rolls past your upper flipper and drains right into the right out lane. Instead, it feels like, "damn, I missed it and I messed up, Iíll get it next time."

I love this game, and I think you will, too. It's a steal at $2.99. I know it was just released, but when I look at the Game Center leaderboards, there's not even a hundred players yet. It would be criminal if this didn't succeed, and if it didn't make these guys truckloads of money. So do your part and download this, and here's to hoping that we'll be getting more tables from these guys in the future.

Iíve played nearly every pinball table in the App Store, and this one's my new favorite. Time will tell, but I don't think it's because it's the newest. Home run, Color Monkey. Buy this.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:43 AM
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Just bought this a bit ago, very good I must say. Graphics are nice and it runs real smooth and plays decent. Music and sound is good also. Various missions and other things in this along with a skill shot, at least thats what I've seen so far. The nudge mechanic is based on shake and works well unlike Pinball Arcade. I would definitely recommend it to pinball fans, I don't think you will be disappointed.
Glad to hear you like it!
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:57 AM
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The best new pinball table on iOS is not from Zen or Farsight, or even LittleWing. It's not from A.S.K. Homework, and it's damn sure not from Gameprom. It's "Revenge of the Rob-o-Bot", and it's from Color Monkey. Who?
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WOW, thanks for the stellar and comprehensive review! Glad to hear you enjoy it!

About the third flipper, it's something that I've seen on some older pinball tables. Can't remember the names of them unfortunately as I played them when I was a kid, but not very common though.
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:12 PM
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The best new pinball table on iOS is not from Zen or Farsight, or even LittleWing. It's not from A.S.K. Homework, and it's damn sure not from Gameprom. It's "Revenge of the Rob-o-Bot", and it's from Color Monkey. Who?

Yeah, this is the first I’ve heard of them, too. But hopefully, they'll stick around for a while. I’m having more fun with this one than I am with anything that I’ve played lately from those other guys.

There’s voice acting and missions, and the ball feels great. It's built on top of a very impressive pinball engine from NENA, and it's fast and silky smooth, at least on the iPhone 5 that I’ve been playing it with. It's Universal, it's optimized for 4" screens, and it can be played in either landscape or portrait. There’s one view for each orientation, and it very gently zooms in and out. But to me, it really feels like it's meant to be played vertically. The screen space really feels wasted when you're playing it horizontally.

The table is beautiful and has this great retro feel to it, with a ’50s robot theme and something about the impending destruction of a "lesbionic" metropolis. Awesome.

There’s a third flipper at the top left, and it reacts differently than any flipper I’ve ever seen. When touching the left side of the screen to activate this extra flipper, it fires, like you'd expect, but then it immediately returns. If you press and hold, your bottom left flipper will stay activated, but the extra flipper retracts immediately, no matter what. It's strange, for sure, but it feels interesting in play.

The music and the mechanical sounds are great, and there are some impressive lighting effects throughout the game. When the game zooms out between balls, or during a pause in the game, you can see a great big dot matrix display, and there are some impressive animations. When you're playing, though, the view doesn’t really show this display. Instead, during gameplay, there’s a much thinner display that's shown, floating above the table, that has your score and also, on occasion, miniaturized animations. But if you look closely, you'll see that the larger DMD is still there, reflected, in real time, off of the table's glass. It's an impressive effect, it's perfectly smooth, and even with this, I’ve never once seen the gameplay hiccup, not even for a second.

The third flipper fires the ball toward Rob-o-Bot, the titular character who sits at the top right of the table. This is the invader you're fighting off, and he's the catalyst for the missions. The character is very reminiscent of Rudy, in a good way, and his eyes follow the ball just like in Funhouse. It's very cool.

The ball moves fast and it reacts naturally. There’s just the right amount of friction, and it bounces perfectly off of the bumpers and the flippers. You can even do dead flipper passes pretty consistently.

The game is hard, though, but in a good way. For the longest time, I couldn't even complete any of the missions, but it never felt frustrating. Even though you have a ball-save feature for quick drains and kickbacks activated on each of the two out lanes, a lot of games go by pretty quickly, at least for me. This, according to their home page, is by design. It's supposed to be hard.

I find this refreshing. With Zen games lasting sometimes a half hour, and with Farsight neutering a lot of their tables, it somehow feels good when you shoot a ball halfway up a ramp and it drains right down the middle; you should've nudged it. It doesn’t feel cheap when the ball rolls past your upper flipper and drains right into the right out lane. Instead, it feels like, "damn, I missed it and I messed up, I’ll get it next time."

I love this game, and I think you will, too. It's a steal at $2.99. I know it was just released, but when I look at the Game Center leaderboards, there's not even a hundred players yet. It would be criminal if this didn't succeed, and if it didn't make these guys truckloads of money. So do your part and download this, and here's to hoping that we'll be getting more tables from these guys in the future.

I’ve played nearly every pinball table in the App Store, and this one's my new favorite. Time will tell, but I don't think it's because it's the newest. Home run, Color Monkey. Buy this.
I couldn't have said it better or agree more with you on this one!
5/5
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:19 PM
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Okay, a minor whine.

Would it be possible to show the player's top score in game outside of GC? I'd like to be able to see my top score even when offline.
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Bought!

Very quick impressions, (from first very quick game), are a fine little table with pretty handy physics etc. I would like a stationary camera option, but that might cause issues elsewhere.

Looking forward to playing more when I can get away from work
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Old 11-21-2012, 03:56 AM
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Okay, a minor whine.

Would it be possible to show the player's top score in game outside of GC? I'd like to be able to see my top score even when offline.
You mean like on a webpage? Game Center is unfortunately pretty limited and doesn't give access to stuff like that outside of the app. We'll look into using an external system in addition to GC.

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Bought!

Very quick impressions, (from first very quick game), are a fine little table with pretty handy physics etc. I would like a stationary camera option, but that might cause issues elsewhere.

Looking forward to playing more when I can get away from work
Thanks for your feedback! We'll look into a fixed camera.
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