Don't Die, Mr. Robot! DX (Nintendo Switch) Review

By Shane Jury 20.05.2018

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Now a year and three months into its lifecycle, Nintendo Switch has gained strong popularity with many types of consumers; people that enjoy Nintendo's own acclaimed franchises, people that simply wish for console-quality gaming on the move, and even those that would use the system as either a stationary machine or travel companion, instead of both. Due to the nature of its early Third Party support that continues growing to this day, Switch has become one of the de facto homes of independent games of all shapes and sizes; ranging from the basic, yet deep, to the complex and ambitious. One strong example of the former is a recent release, Don't Die, Mr. Robot! DX, itself an enhanced port of an older title. Is it a mechanical marvel, or a candidate for the scrapheap?

Made by British developer, Infinite State Games, Don't Die, Mr. Robot! DX is purely an arcade-like experience that focuses on pure gameplay and getting to it as quickly as possible. The titular character's home is invaded by robotic drones, and by grabbing exploding fruit he can eliminate them from the grid. One touch equals death for Mr. Robot, which will eventually happen from swarms of enemies, leaving the high score being the main driving force behind playing the game.

Screenshot for Don't Die, Mr. Robot! DX on Nintendo Switch

The '80s inspiration behind Don't Die, Mr. Robot! DX is on full show here, with a neon-like aesthetic design, and bright colourful visuals, emphasised by background flair and animation. Acid-style musical tracks accompany these stages, and the sound effects being akin to a slot machine or a crane game at the amusements only add to the sense of place.

Guiding Mr. Robot around his spacious 2D home is very simple, with a choice of the analogue stick or d-pad buttons; the stick being optimal for gradual movement and the pad for instant dashes. Collecting fruit is as easy as touching it, ideally when next to other produce as it then creates a chain reaction of blasts, but one touch of an enemy spells the end of the run. This super straightforward control scheme and game structure makes Don't Die, Mr. Robot! DX an ideal choice for casual players and those new to videogames, in general, but still offers enough challenge for the experienced to enjoy.

Screenshot for Don't Die, Mr. Robot! DX on Nintendo Switch

The game opens with mandatory Remix levels, which serve a dual purpose; a quick tutorial that eases players in by offering one goal at a time, and a look into the new content in this release. This mode contains a vast array of differing level objectives and reward trophies to collect, which unlock consecutive stages to play. Players may use only one enemy time, for example, or make one kind of fruit poisonous to Mr. Robot instead of his foes. Although a basic addition, this mode adds a great deal of replayability and variety to the game overall.

Screenshot for Don't Die, Mr. Robot! DX on Nintendo Switch

After the informative early Remix levels, the other options open; Arcade, which is a basic survival and subsequent High Score feature, Time Attack that sets a duration limit for points acquisition, and the most surprising addition that is Chill Out that tones down the enemy speed and sets a mellow background melody to the default rule-set. Going against the core mechanic of the base game and providing a means to unwind instead of tensing up during play is unusually alluring, and works incredibly well as an addition.

Repeat play is rewarded though the Shop feature, that allows for clothing and accessory customisation through the use of coins collected during the levels. Power-ups that affect stats, and guest characters that play slightly differently to Mr. Robot are also options, making for a subtle, yet effective means of changing up the core gameplay. High Scores through each of the modes is tracked in a separate menu option, but is sadly limited to offline only. Don't Die, Mr. Robot! DX is a strictly solitary experience, but for that purpose it is an essential pick-up-and-play gem.

Screenshot for Don't Die, Mr. Robot! DX on Nintendo Switch

Cubed3 Rating

9/10
Rated 9 out of 10

Exceptional - Gold Award

Rated 9 out of 10

Evoking the sense of classic Arcade gaming, Don't Die, Mr. Robot! DX embodies the strengths of pick up and play games to their fullest, providing mere minutes or many hours of satisfaction as needed. Much more of a solo offering than a crowd pleaser, Mr. Robot's ease of play and addictive high score trophy collecting ensure the game's icon will find a recurring place on the Switch's home menu.

Developer

Infinite State Games

Publisher

Digerati Distribution

Genre

Puzzle

Players

1

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