C-Bot is a puzzle game for the iPad that promises to test both your reasoning and your agility. The game stars C-Bot, an adorable little white robot that is owned by Doctor Puzzle, a young scientist. C-Bot is awfully cute, and looks quite a lot like a square version of lovable Disney robot Eve, from Wall-E.
As the story goes, C-Bot was abandoned in a laboratory, which activated him. He wakes up all alone and confused in the lab. He doesn’t know who he is or where he needs to go, so it is up to you to help him escape the puzzles of the lab and discover his history.
The game is organized into levels and your goal is to help C-Bot escape. C-Bot is controlled with two arrows on the left side of the screen (though there’s also a tilt option) a jump or action button on the right side of the screen. C-Bot has no natural abilities, but each room is equipped with different power ups that bestow powers on C-Bot.
For example, walking through the green power up cube gives C-Bot temporary jumping abilities, letting him leap on to platforms, while walking through the blue power up cube temporarily reverses his field of gravity so he can walk on ceilings. The idea in the game is to combine these abilities in unique ways to solve puzzles, thus escaping from each level. There are quite a few different abilities to discover as you progress through the stages.
C-Bot can only have one ability active at a time and passing through one power up cube will deactivate another active ability, which means you will need to think carefully about what to use and when.
The separate power ups are a neat concept that makes for a fun, but challenging puzzle game. It is immediately obvious what actions you need to take in the first few levels of the game, but it does grow more challenging. There are 45 levels in total to finish, which is a solid amount of gameplay.
Levels are timed so you can keep track of how well you are doing, and they also contain puzzle pieces, which fit together as an image in the Extras portion of the game. Though C-Bot features in-game achievements, there is no Game Center support to make use of the timing mechanic.
What I liked: The graphics in C-Bot are impressive, because the game uses the Unity engine. It offers 3-D backgrounds and C-Bot himself is as cute as can be. I enjoyed the gameplay – it was unique and innovative.
What I didn’t like: I am always disappointed when games do not utilize Game Center integration, offering achievements or leaderboards.
To buy or not to buy: This is a fun puzzle game that’s worth snapping up if you don’t mind the lack of Game Center integration.
- App Name: C-Bot Puzzle
- Version Reviewed: 1.1.0
- Category: Games
- Developer: Tiago B Tavares
- Price: $1.99