We all know games can have an impact on our lives, but I’m always pleasantly surprised when I see a game with a strong message. Solbot: Energy Rush developed by indie Freakout Games is exactly that, but also much more.
Developed for iOS and Android, Solbot: Energy Rush has a nostalgic feel and is reminiscent of 80s classic arcade shoot ‘em up games, like Warblade. Here, instead of a spaceship, you control a robot whose task is to collect the glowing orbs while flying through space.
But it’s not that easy. You have to collect only the orbs that are the same color as your armor and have golden circles around them. Between the levels, you communicate with your commander via texts which is really simple and cool. Your mission is to collect as many orbs as you can and that way give everyone access to the renewable energy.
And this is what really impressed me about this game. Kids who don’t know what this means will Google it or ask their parents. Maybe this positive message will make them more aware of the environmental issues. Building awareness about a cause is not unheard of in the gaming industry, but it’s really refreshing to see a small game with such strong morals.
The game is always on point and never tries to become something more and it is this lack of pretentiousness that makes it a great title, among other things. You have to collect as many orbs as you can in the time you have, which is not going to be easy especially as you level up. The coolest thing for me are magnets. Once you collect one, it attracts all the right orbs to you and all you have to do is avoid crashing into the wrong ones. Your Solbot will be in quite a pickle in the later levels when the lasers start shooting at him which only make the game more exciting to play.
The communiqué between the Solbot and the commander are light and unburdened with a chirpy sound to it. Solbot: Energy Rush is perfect for all ages and you can play it anywhere. It’s enjoyable, fun and above all doesn’t make you stressed, which sometimes can be a case with these sorts of games.
Although tapping was a bit problematic at times, it isn’t enough to spoil the game for me. If you are wondering about ads – yes there are some. But that is really expected since after all, the game is free both on iTunes and Google Play Store. By now, we all know how this works so that wasn’t disappointing and it didn’t bother me at all.
However, I would really like to see this game for PC though not only because of its nostalgic tone, but since it would be an excellent title to play during breaks in work. But if that is not in any near future plans – it’s okay. Freakout Games did an amazing job already and I can’t wait to see what new they’ll be releasing on the indie gaming scene.