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Review: Robot Unicorn Attack

The Internet’s given us a great many things, including a boatload of Flash games with which to waste our time. Last year, when there seemed to be a bit of a lull with them in favour of Facebook games like Farmville, one glorious product emerged: Robot Unicorn Attack. This game took the Internet by storm, and introduced a whole new generation of gamers to the wonders of 80′s synthpop and its infinite trippiness.

What started off as a Flash game on Adult Swim’s site migrated to the infinitely more profitable markets of Facebook, iOS and now Android. Robot Unicorn Attack comes in at a cool 99 cents (I’m assuming, as it shows as $0.94 due to Canadian price adjustment) and, from what I can tell, it worth just about that. Just-less-than-a-buck seems to be the magic price for a lot of apps, as its not so much that it provokes a huge decision, but not so little to not make any cash.

The game is essentially simple; it’s got a button to jump and a button to dash. Your job is to get as many points as possible in three lives. Throughout the entirety of the app, you’re treated to “Always” by Erasure: YouTube it. You won’t be disappointed.  

With such a simple premise it’s hard to review; I mean, the app does its job and replicated the experience on the Android platform well. However, the only complaint is that until the game starts up, I get the black bars (pictured above) on my Atrix; I’m not sure if this is a resolution problem or if it shows up on other phones. You guys will have to help me out in the comments.

The game offers two control schemes: one with on-screen buttons and one based on gestures. The gesture controls, while a bit interesting, don’t necessarily allow for accurate play at the game gets faster and faster. I’d recommend sticking to the button controls unless you want a challenge after the ticker rolls past 10,000 points.

Feint integration, which I’m usually not a fan of, adds some much-needed replayability to a game with such a simplistic concept. I don’t have many friends on it (feel free to add MattDemers), but score competition could definitely keep this game from getting stale.

You can download Robot Unicorn Attack from the Android Marketplace.


Matt Demers is Droid Life’s app guy, and will be stepping up the review production now that school’s over. Follow him on Twitter for more updates!

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  • Andrew

    This game is pretty fun for such a simple concept. I love that they’re finally developing for android and can absolutely not wait for the adult swim app next month!

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  • http://twitter.com/BillySuede Billy Suede

    i love this game! “always” isn’t an 80′s song. it was a hit in ’94.

    yes, i am an erasure fan.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t you simply play the game on the Adult Swim website with your phone? Why buy the app?

    • Mike

      Apparently not, doesn’t work on the stock browser or in Opera, with the browser id set to not mobile. :(

      • Anonymous

        Thanks. Dolphin Mini doesn’t work either.

  • Budcar38

    Kellex, do you no longer review what Matt writes?

    • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

      Everything that goes on the site is run by Kellex first.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

      What was wrong with this review?

      • Anonymous

        “play at the game gets faster and faster. ”

        Maybe he’s talking about this. He could also be referring to how without substance the article felt….phoned in so to speak. I dunno.

        On a different note, being a denizen of the internet…when did this take the internet by storm? Just because YOU really liked it when it came out doesn’t make it Gemcraft, Crush the Castle, or Elephant Quest popular.

        I do have to say Matt, I don’t know what it is, but I always feel like your articles aren’t up to snuff. I’m having a hard time putting my finger on to give constructive critism….I want to say it seems like you don’t do enough research for the types of articles you are writing and then write with this attitude that sometimes seems high and mighty. Or maybe you over-research the wrong things. I dunno…I like having you review apps, so really just trying to get your finger on our collective pulse.

        I’d love to see you write an article about the best Xoom/tablet optimized apps.

        Keep up the good work!

        • Chris

          I could say the same to you about these “popular” games. What the hell is Gemcraft, Crush the Castle or Elephant Quest? It is, indeed, a fact that Robot Unicorn Attack had an outstandingly huge following and could be found on numerous big name websites… not to mention the popularity of shows like Family Guy and the like on Adult Swim and the fact that they posted Robot Unicorn Attack on television repeatedly… it’s pretty safe to say that it’s popularity was bound to grow. Be sure to do your research…

          I have also not noticed any sort of “attitude” in Matt’s articles. And these are just application reviews. It’s more or less saying “Hey readers… this application exists, here’s what it does and here are a couple things that we noticed went right or wrong after 10 minutes of use to be aware of.” What else do you want? Don’t answer that… it’s gonna be absolutely absurd anyways. Millions of writers out there… don’t like one, don’t read their shit. It’s that simple. Kudos for at least mentioning constructive criticism, but since you had none, don’t rag on the guy. Your whole comment seemed a little “high and mighty.”

          • Anonymous

            Was only writing in response to those who were being rude but putting an explanation of what I see as the reasoning for their comments. Just post from your own account Matt, I wasn’t trying to start a fight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1807340727 Scott Burton

    Why not talk about how it’s force closing for a lot of android models? I can’t get past the title screen since day 1 and I can’t refund… hoping a update fixes it soon..

    • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

      I sadly didn’t run into this problem.

    • Anonymous

      1. Go to market.android.com
      2. Click ‘my market account’
      3. Select Robot unicorn attack
      4. Request refund
      5. ????????
      6. Profit

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Travis-Royer/100000358962998 Travis Royer

    Now if only we could get the Heavy Metal version of Unicorn Attack (and to point out, the Android version ALSO supports custom soundtracks. Play music from preferred player first, then run).

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately not working on tablets. On my gtab as soon as the game opens the unicorn explodes and it’s game over. I still bought it for my DX, even if only to encourage more AS applications in the future.

  • Anonymous

    looks like Joust & My Little Pony’s love-child

  • http://www.facebook.com/stevenindy Steven Ege

    Oh, and this is full of win.

    http://www.joystiq.com/2011/04/18/robot-unicorn-attack-on-android-tomorrow-adult-swim-app-in-may/

    The company also expects to launch its free Adult Swim app for Android in May.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stevenindy Steven Ege

    Finally, I have trolled their boards since they started developing for iOS. They seem to finally be thinking about OTHER phones now :-).

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  • Anonymous

    FINALLY! WILLIAMS STREET, ADULT SWIM, AND CARTOON NETWORK FINALLY SHOWING ANDROID SOME LOVE!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHH! CAN’T WAIT!

  • Anonymous

    Whenever I hear unicorn I think of crapple (for some reason) and I don’t want anything that reminds me of the crapple company on my Droid Thunderbolt thank you.

    • Motoblah

      hate to break it to you, but its not a Droid…

    • AndroidPurist

      You have a Thunderbolt that runs Android, NOT a Droid Thunderbolt or a Thunderbolt Droid or a Droid, just a damn Thunderbolt. Only 2 HTC devices carry the Droid name and the Thunderbolt is not one of them. Please stop pushing the commonly mistaken view that all Android devices are Droids.

      • Itiscosmo

        droid is android and u should know alot of android phones are netter than berizon locl bootloader droids, wake up and smell the android

  • Wyveryx

    Hells Yeah!!! I knew there was a way to get back to 80′s without 1.21 Gigawatts!

  • http://twitter.com/BSikes1989 Brandon Sikes

    To answer your question Matt, yes it is a resolution issue. It seems like 3.7 is the magic spot for this app, and it wont resize correctly until the game actually starts.

    • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

      Thank you, sir.

  • fartbubbler

    this app is endorsed by Napoleon Dynamite, Pedro, and Summer Wheatley.

  • Anonymous

    True, not disappointed.

    lol I forgot that song!

  • thebigmann

    BEST DAY OF MAH LYFE

  • Anonymous

    YES.

  • Anonymous

    WTF?