Girls Like Robots

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Girls Like Robots on Steam

MSRP: $6.99 on Steam – price may vary by platform

Platforms: Win, Mac, Linux, iOS, Wii U

Release: 10/11/12 (iOS), 2/14/14 (Steam)


I don’t use the word zany very often, but it’s the perfect word to describe this adorable, casual puzzle game.  At its core, Girls Like Robots is a logic puzzle.  Well, more accurately, a series of logic puzzles that have a steadily increasing difficulty as you go.

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The game is divided into three acts, each with over 100 individual puzzles.  I am that person who needs to max score on everything, and I was completing early puzzles at the rate of more than one a minute, but by the time I reached the fourth section of the first act, I realized that I was going to start slowing down – way down – so there’s a pretty good amount of content here.

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Clicking the heart button in the lower right hand corner will show you how the different characters feel about sitting next to the others.  If you long-click on an individual, it will let you know what characters of that type like and dislike. Your goal is to seat everyone in a grid and achieve maximum happiness (although the win condition is often far beneath the achievable max).

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If you don’t care for the default look of any of the character models, well, you can jump into the face-a-mizer and change up their looks. It’s a nifty little addition, but the game doesn’t need it. Still, never turn down a perk, am I right?

Overall, Girls Like Robots is an unusual sort of puzzler, with a quirky sense of humor, and – for me at least – a perfectly sloped learning curve.  It’s the kind of thing that you can play for minutes or hours, and it’s a good time either way.  I grabbed it as part of a bundle, but the $7 asking price on Steam isn’t exorbitant, assuming puzzle quality doesn’t get compromised in later levels.

 

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