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Posted: 11 weeks ago, last updated 10 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

RoboCo is a creative physics-based robot-building game where you design and code robots to perform challenging tasks. With the multitude of parts and templates to build from, there are countless ways to approach each situation, be it by creating an eight-legged walker or a wheeled vehicle. It offers a great first step into both simple and more advanced coding through an in-game coding system and the more advanced Python language, all permeated with wacky charm and light hearted humour.

Set in the distant future, you construct robots to help the humans perform their day-to-day activities like getting a sandwich or whacking a piƱata. In each challenge, you can use as many parts (gears, treads, beams and so on) as you need to build the structure of the robot before using either the simple in-game coding language or Python to control it. You can also decorate it with a slew of items, like googly eyes and top hats, and can digitally paint each piece to make it unique.

There's a lot of trial and error, sometimes hilariously so, before you finally succeed. But learning how to overcome the obstacles you face is all part of the challenge. You can share your creations with others online and can use other people's constructions as templates for your own designs, exploring and expanding upon ideas that you wouldn't have come up with alone.

The result is a game that offers a novel way to engage with both the fundamentals and more advanced side of coding as you make unique creations and engage in silly, lighthearted challenges that reward ambition and experimentation and foster a creative environment where failure is part of the learning process.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 03/11/2022

Platforms: PC

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Creative and Simulation

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Filament Games (@FilamentGames)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 10 hours to complete. There are countless ways to approach every challenge, so even after you've completed everything you can go back and experiment with new methods. You can also upload your creations and use others' ideas as a template for an entirely new design.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. There is some skill required in getting your machines to behave as you want them to, with coding that's more complex than some other games but subsequently offers more creative freedom.

CostsCosts

RoboCo usually costs £15.49.
 

RoboCo

Steam Store PC £15.49
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our RoboCo Accessibility Report documents 18 accessibility features:
You need to hold down and drag the mouse in order to change the size of certain robot parts to make them fit your design and also place them where you want them. Because you build and code your robot first, then send it out to perform its function, there is no need for fast reactions or timings. You can remap the keyboard so that each key is a shortcut to add a specific function into the code of the robot you're creating.

The text in the game is all high in contrast, but is often quite small and can as a result be difficult to read. There is a significant amount of reading involved, especially if you choose to use Python to create the code for your robots. If you do use Python, you need to have a significant level of familiarity with it before starting as not everything is explained, although how to use the simpler coding is well-explained.

While in each challenge you are given a main objective and two secondary objectives, some of the objectives are secret and can only be discovered by completing them. Because of the open-ended way you can complete each task, you are often given little guidance on what to do.

Many items in the game can be low contrast in creation to each other, and can also be quite small.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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