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Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots review (iPod/iPhone)

January 6, 2012

“It’s the eye of the tiger
It’s the thrill of the fight”

10 word description: Mattel’s plastic robot boxers translated to iOS game. Game Center.

10 word review: Surprisingly not rubbish! Training mini-games add some additional interest.

This mini-game involves lumbering around the bag, punching targets

You will like this if you enjoy: Banging on about old games from the past and then having some kind of nostalgic meltdown when a toy company bizarrely releases a game for your phone based on something you broke within 5 minutes when you got it for Christmas in 1973.

Each mini-game level that you complete upgrades a statistic and can unlock a special ability

The good news: It’s a lot better than it has any right to be. The training mini-games are a good break from the repetitive main boxing game.

The bad news: It can’t help being repetitive; that’s what happens when a red robot throws wild uppercuts at a blue robot for more than a few minutes.

Two robots are not really enough. The old Gameboy Advance version of this game had a load of others included

Arcadelife verdict: It’s ok. The controls sometimes feel like they’re in your opponent’s corner, but if you complete a few training mini-games and unlock some special (not that special) moves, winning on medium difficulty is very easy. I have to admit, I have been going back to this one a bit more than I really needed to for the review… so it obviously managed to entertain me for a while.

Once you win a fight, that's really it. There's no career, just a repeat of the same fight

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 6.5/10
Audio – 7/10
Controls – 7/10
Content – 6/10
Fun – 6/10
Final rating – 65/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.1
iTunes link

Mattel’s website link (on iTunes) doesn’t work at the time of writing this review. Sorry.

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 5.0.1)
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