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Video GameThese Robotic Hearts of Mine Review
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Posted: 7 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

These Robotic Hearts of Mine is a narrative puzzle game where you uncover a metaphorical story by completing levels. Unusually, the levels don't tell the story directly. They are difficult rotation-based Rubik's cube-inspired puzzles. But they are also metaphors for story which means each new story element also serves as a clue for how to solve the puzzle. This unique blend of an emotional narrative, which deals with themes of loss, grief and friendship, with unusual and challenging puzzle gameplay makes for a novel experience.

The story follows two young friends, a boy and a girl, who find a rusted old robot in an ancient forest, which they repair and befriend. All is well for a time, but they soon discover more robots, which the boy sets himself to repairing, at the cost of his true friendship with the girl.

Gameplay consists of trying to get all the hearts in a level the correct way up. You do this by rotating them around central cogs. Because they interlock you can transfer hearts from one cog to another, and each level gets progressively harder, often requiring complex sequences of moves. In each level, you are also shown the minimum moves required, which you can aim for for an extra challenge.

It's a unique game, that blends challenging rotational puzzles with an engaging and philosophical story, and creates a unique, rewarding and novel way to play.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/10/2011

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Web and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Players: 1

Genres: Brain Game, Narrative and Puzzle

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Draknek (@Draknek)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and 2 hours to complete.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

  • Rated All Ages on Amazon
  • Rated 9+ on the Apple App Store for Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. The Web Browser edition is free and can be played here on Newgrounds.

The iOS version is £2.49/$2.99, as was the Android edition, which was removed from the play store in 2020.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our These Robotic Hearts of Mine Accessibility Report documents 19 accessibility features:
As all of the in-game happenings are the results of your actions, there is no time dependence on any actions. While there is a number of moves displayed, this is not the maximum number of moves you have, but instead is the minimum number required to beat the level. You can undo as many goes as you want.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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

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