A Robot Named Fight
Reviewed by @Brett_SevenDaze
- Developer: Matt Bitner Games
- Publisher: Hitcents
- Release Date: 26/04/2018
- Price: £9.99 / $12.99
- Review code provided by Hitcents
Nice to meat you…..
A city occupied by robots has been attacked by creatures made of meat with the leader being a moon sized sphere of flesh and organs. The aim of the game is to destroy the Megabeast.
A robot named fight! Is a Metroidvania style action platformer paying homage to Metroid and Castlevania.
The 16-bit inspired graphics instantly gave me that nostalgia feeling that took me right back to when I was a child, Matt Bitner has done a fantastic job in capturing the art style and soundtrack from yesteryear.
The game begins after a short introduction video, you start with half your life and crouched on the ground. To stand up and start the game you will need to press any button 4 -5 times.
I feel this aspect gives you the perception that the robot has feelings and can feel pain. There is also a second robot who has had its legs blown off and slumped in the corner named Tutorial Smith. If you press A next to him, he will give you advice, most of it useful but some of it is pointless with a hint of humour.
Shortly after you start your first run you will die, and you will not last long at all, when you do finally die all your hard work is gone forever. There are no continues unless you find a “Revenant station” room which are very few and far between, I never found one for at least the first 50 runs, so they are very rare indeed.
The permadeath mechanic is something I am very familiar with as it was a standard feature in the early 90’s due to the lack of memory cards and save points.
When you die you are respawned and thrown into a randomly generated map, so no game is ever the same unless you take note of the ‘Seed’ which is essentially a password you can enter at the main menu to playthrough that run again.
From the get – go I found the controls to be very solid and fluid. The character was easy to navigate and never missed a jump also aiming the blaster was accurate when using the Joy – Cons.
There are many power-ups in the game mainly upgraded weapons i.e. flamethrowers and rocket launchers but you can also find suit upgrades my favourite being arachnomorph, where you can transform into a tiny spider. This comes in handy when you need to access entrances with small openings. The weapons upgrades obviously help you to destroy the mini bosses, but they can also be used on certain doors to access areas which normally can’t be i.e. the flamethrower can be used to burn off the skin and flesh that is blocking an entrance.
As you shoot your way through hordes of gross meat creatures with limbs and muscle flying everywhere you will find shrines on your journey. You can offer the shrine offers from coloured archaic scrap to scrap metal that you have collected from around the map. If the shrine finds the offer pleases him you will receive an item or a powerup but if your offer offends then you will receive a curse, the one I got reduced my rate of fire temporarily.
The recently released deathmatch update is a great addition to the game. This mode lets you battle it out against 3 other people on a split screen that reminds of Goldeneye from the N64 era. This feature does need to be played in docked mode due to the small display when in table top mode, but there is still tons of fun to be had.
The Nintendo e-shop has been swamped with Metroidvania style games over the last 12 months, but A robot named Fight! stands out as being one of the best games out there to capture this unique genre. It is incredible that one man has created such a gem of a game from start to finish with no input from anyone else.
I found it repetitive in places and sometimes got slightly annoyed as I re-entered a room to find out that all creatures had respawned, and I just wanted to run through to get to where I was going but this was very rare.
There is a ton of replay value due to the unlockable items and the randomly generated maps.
I would recommend A Robot named Fight! to anyone who is a fan of this genre of game.