Robbery Bob review (iOS / Universal)May 3, 2012
♫ “I fought the law and the law won”
10 word description: Top-down stealth/theft game. Sneak, hide, loot, escape. Game Center.
10 word review: Clever, fun, polished and an encouragingly different iOS gaming experience.
You will like this if you enjoy: Games where you are avoiding detection from stationary and roaming guards. Although not exactly the same, there are elements that reminded me of Metal Gear, Commandos (old PC game series), Thief, etc.
The good news: Good graphics, decent sound effects, very good concept and game elements, controls are ok (despite the big virtual pad). It’s quite different from the majority of popular iOS games & genres. Very enjoyable, plenty of levels.
The bad news: As expected these days, there are a couple of IAPs that feel like an insult rather than an optional extra. Luckily, they are entirely optional.
Arcadelife verdict: Feeling like an old classic from the SNES days, this game is great fun on an iPad. Initially, you’re just sneaking around inside houses trying to grab everything without being seen. Later, you will be dodging surveillance cameras and using a variety of tricks to lure guards away from their posts.
I generally dislike time limits, but the ones in Robbery Bob are quite generous and don’t affect your ability to complete a level, just your final rating. The IAPs are present, of course, because why miss an opportunity to wring another 69p out of your customers? In this case, you can buy a cheat mode and unlock levels that you haven’t reached yet, so good luck with that.
Overall, ignoring the IAPs, this is a very good game that plays excellently on iPad. An easy recommendation.
Visuals – 8.5/10
Audio – 9/10
Controls – 8.5/10
Content – 9/10
Fun – 9/10
Final rating – 89/100
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0
Chillingo / Robbery Bob website link