Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PS4, Wii U, Mac, PC
- Publisher: Flying Carpets Games
- Developer: Flying Carpets Games
- Release Date: Jun 20, 2017
- Rating: E10+ Everyone 10+
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Puzzle
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://flyingcarpetsgames.com/
Who it Caters to
The Girl and the Robot is geared to those who like action, adventure and puzzle games meshed together. Set in a whimsical world, players must solve puzzles all while avoiding robots that impede your progress. While the girl herself can’t fight, she is joined by her own trusty robot friend who fights for her to keep her safe. The Girl and the Robot isn’t a very long game but the story and themes are unique enough for those who want something geared for children. Fight your way through this world and make your escape in The Girl and the Robot.
What to Expect
If you haven’t read the synopsis of The Girl and the Robot, then we shall start there. The Girl and the Robot is a third person action adventure title with puzzle elements. Players take control of both a small girl and a golden robot and must find a means out of their current situation. However, as you explore this odd tower/city in the sky you’ll have to deal with various threats such as other robots and an evil witch.
First let us discuss the controls for The Girl and the Robot. As soon as you begin, you’ll notice The Girl and the Robot controls awkwardly. That doesn’t mean it controls badly, mind you, as it’s easy enough to understand the almost Resident Evil-like tank controls, but in 2017, it’s very odd to say the least. Everything from the girl’s controls to the robot’s feels this way and we just felt it was maybe not the best decision to present a game like this.
Now, it’s also important to mention that we did say this is an action title as well as adventure one meaning expect some fighting. While the girl is unable to do more than run or throw switches, the robot is armed with a sword, shield and bow. During combat don’t ever expect to use the bow as it is utterly useless and the only weapon—it is required for puzzles though—you’ll ever need for a fight is the sword. Blocking is important from time to time but we got through about 85% of the game without ever doing more than using the robot’s three hit move of light and strong attacks. It feels clunky at times but overall works enough to do the job.
Another element that we should discuss is the puzzle themselves. The Girl and the Robot has about a dozen puzzles in its 1-2-hour play time and most are extremely simple. Usually a puzzle in The Girl and the Robot just requires you to manipulate floor switches all while switching between the girl and her robotic companion to hit different ones and different times. You might move a block or two and maybe pull a switch, but none of the puzzles in The Girl and the Robot take more than a few moments to solve and that is a really big issue. Bottom line, just like the combat of The Girl and the Robot, the puzzles are overly simple and clearly made for younger audiences.
Graphically, The Girl and the Robot looks pretty poor. Most of the environments, character models and few robot designs seem one color and very out dated. If this was solely for the Wii U—which The Girl and the Robot is playable on—we might be more understanding, but even the Wii U has better looking titles. The same can be said of the lackluster music—aside from the credits song—which is almost nonexistent in the first place but when it does play it just feels generic. Don’t expect much from The Girl and the Robot for a game of 2017 and that isn’t saying a good thing.
While usually we save all the negative themes of a game for the end of our gameplay section, we’ve already said so many negative comments that we figured we throw in some positive statements. First, for a first game developer Flying Carpets Games did an admirable job. Trust us folks, we’ve seen worse and that is from games with higher budgets and more status in the gaming world. Equally, the story of The Girl and the Robot is interesting with an ending that surprised us. Though it’s very—and we mean very—important to state that the ending of The Girl and the Robot may anger a lot of people if you don’t see it as a unique way of ending a fairy tale-like experience. While fully grown adults might not have much love for The Girl and the Robot, younger audiences may find a lot to love here and that is a good thing in that regard.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Interesting gameplay idea
- Fun for a specific age group
- Some puzzles are very intuitive
- Quick game that doesn’t overstay its welcome
- Awkward controls
- Weak visuals
- Lag in odd places
- Very short experience
- Ending might anger some
- Extremely simple and tedious puzzles