It can only be Robot Unicorn Attack 2, a surprisingly excellent endless runner from [adult swim] (to use their stylisation).
You’d be forgiven for sighing at the term ‘endless runner’, as it’s now been done to death on the App Store and Google Play.
However, Robot Unicorn Attack 2 is so refined that it warrants a look, even if you reckon you’ve had your fill of running, running then running some more.
All the usual endless runner stuff is here, so you’ve got one-off perks (called Boosts here) including the obligatory magnet, and neat touches such as the ability to see a trail of your previous run.
Robot Unicorn Attack 2 also offers a whole heap of customisations for your robot unicorn, including enhancements for individual elements like the mane and tail, wings and horn, and in addition an array of shiny new robot unicorns.
There are also challenges that ultimately help you level up (collect X fairies in one run, smash through Y stars in total, use the such-and-such power-up, etc.), and community goals (choose to play for Team Rainbow or Team Inferno).
That much is entirely familiar, and almost mandatory for any developer churning out an endless runner these days.
Where Robot Unicorn Attack 2, for my money, beats most other endless runners is in its level structure.
See, in each of the two worlds, the layout remains fixed for 24 hours, which allows you to plan and refine your run and maximise your score. Leaderboards also become more relevant, since everyone is – literally – on the same playing field.
Furthermore, while the action scrolls from left to right, there’s plenty going on both up and down; it’s not just a case of running in a straight line and avoiding hazards.
Runs are also grouped into sets of three, with each run called – for some reason – a wish. After each, er, wish, you can choose to replay if the score wasn’t to your satisfaction, which can be handy when trying to achieve goals.
The Robot Unicorn Attack 2 soundtrack is also worth a mention too, with the game offering additional tracks (including “Always” by Erasure) for 69p.
Incidentally, Robot Unicorn Attack 2 is free, and while it does offer a bunch of stuff for real money, it’s not overly pushy in its sales pitch.
All in all, pretty great stuff.
- The 24-hour level design thing
- Looks and sounds great
- Lots of power-ups and that
- Yeah, it’s another endless runner
- Intrinsically quite samey
- Occasional ads
Summary: With a neat 24-hour level design thingy and a whole heap of extras, Robot Unicorn Attack 2 more than justifies its existence in the already-packed endless runner arena.
Developer: [adult swim]
Price: free @ App Store
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 6.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.