As Sam McRae, last surviving member of the “Titan Hauler” crew, you must hack and blast your way through an onslaught of truly bad 'bots to find a way to prevent a potential planet-destroying catastrophe.
User reviews: Mixed (175 reviews)
Release Date: May 17, 2013
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"Bad Bots is a well put together and highly enjoyable retro styled indie title brought to us by a small development team."
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“Bad Bots is a well put together and highly enjoyable retro styled indie title brought to us by a small development team... I definitely recommend giving this game a chance.”
Capsule Computers

“Bad Bots lives up to everything it claims to be: A retro, 2D side scrolling shooter, which brings up nostalgia while maintaining excellent gameplay and graphics. When you have a solid game like this, time flies while you’re killing bots and trying to save the world.”
Gaming Shogun

“From the first second I turned the game on until the last moment I had with the campaign mode, I had fun... I would recommend the game to anyone.”
4/5 – Operation Rainfall

About This Game

As Sam McRae, last surviving member of the “Titan Hauler” crew, you must hack and blast your way through an onslaught of truly bad 'bots to find a way to prevent a potential planet-destroying catastrophe. The mystery of what happened to everyone while you were in cryostasis unfolds around you as you wade through the bodies of your fallen shipmates, unloading round after round into your relentless automaton attackers.


  • Explore 170 danger-filled rooms throughout the ship including the Evacuation Bay, Mechanical Shafts and Robot Workshops while the rich sci-fi story unfolds in the Campaign Mode.
  • Engage in combat against more than 2000 deranged robots comprised of several unique types, all programmed to kill you.
  • Face off against 7 deadly bosses, each with distinctive attacks including the fire spewing Flamebot, electrified Orbs, the lethal grip of the Spider and Jack Hammer’s brutal pistons
  • Defend yourself with 8 robot bustin' weapons including your trusty Axe, Rifle, Shotgun, explosive Grenade Launcher, Pulsar Gun and more.
  • Try to survive 60 seconds against an endless onslaught of especially persistent and cranky gun-toting, knife wielding robots in 3 unique rooms in Challenge Mode.
  • Earn 14 challenging Achievements including “Run Amok,” “Top Dog” and “Reaper’s Friend.”
  • Enjoy full Controller and Steam Big Picture support so you can partake in all the ‘bot slayin’ goodness from the comforts of your couch.
Award-winning indie developer Vanni del Moral (Point Five Projects) has crafted an intense experience that pays homage to his gaming roots. Bad Bots is filled with 2D run-and-gun excitement coated in a bold visual style set in a large open space craft. Put your mettle to the metal in Bad Bots for both PC and Mac!

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6 GHZ
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256MB memory 800x600 16-bit Color
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:50 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9 compatible or above
    Recommended:
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    Minimum:
    • OS:Snow Leopard (OSX 10.6.X)
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256MB memory 800x600 resolution with 16-bit color
    • Hard Drive:50 MB HD space
    • Sound:Apple Sound Card or equivalent
    Recommended:
    • Processor:Intel Core i7 2.8GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
Helpful customer reviews
0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Challenging game,
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
indie trash
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Would not buy/10
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6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
This game is great if you're looking for a low production value short platformer. This doesn't stop it from being fun for a couple hours though.
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6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Awesome game. But the last 3 Quarantine horde rooms are ridiculously hard. I almost unninstaled the game.
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0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
I got this game with a humble bundle, and I didn't expect much from it. It was kind of fun and I played a bit and I decided I would try to beat the campiegn then delete it. I eventually got to a part in the game where a bunch of enemies jump out, like 80-100 and the surround you and stun lock you to death. I had full health but when they surrounded me it all just drained. They compinsated for this with the saw blades and electricity and other things like it so that they stop and you don't get hit anymore, but with the enemies they don't stop they just keep attacking. So they knew this was a problem and didn't do anything about it. I would say avoid this game even if you did get it in a bundle.
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32 of 45 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
The premise for bad bots is the standard sci-fi trope about robots that have been programmed to kill, with you, the main character, being the only one capable of stopping them. The story isn't very good but it isn't terrible either, it's kind of just there to move the game along. The set pieces and art style are servicable - you end up seeing a lot of the same sprites and textures, but there's enough variance that you don't feel like you're going down the same corridor for the hundredth time. The music and sound are, well, below average at best, but it wasn't so bad that I felt like I had to turn it off or anything.

Now, as for the actualy gameplay. It's a side-scrolling shooter, you have your axe, a rifle, and can pick up various "special" weapons along the way. The axe and rifle work well enough for most enemies, and the different special weapons each behave a little differently, which spices things up a bit. I played on medium difficulty, and it wasn't too difficult, but there is one fatal gameplay flaw that kind of ruins the game. Whenever you get hit by anything other than a gun, you have to go through a 1-2 second "getting hit" animation where you can't move. Now, for the first half of the game, it's not really noticable, since there aren't too many enemies at one time, and most of them are shooting at you, but in the second half when the game locks you into rooms with 20-30 melee enemies? Yeah, not so fun. There are multiple times where I would get "stunlocked" by melee enemies to the point where I couldn't even move, and I just had to watch them slowly drain my health to zero while I repeated the "getting hit" animation for god knows how many times. The only way to clear those rooms is to never get hit, which, when there are 30+ killer robots in a locked room with you, is harder than it looks. This is also especially frustrating for the few "boss" sequences, in a game, where you're locked in a tiny room with a robot that's as big as your jump height, making it almost impossible to dodge, and each time you get hit you go through the "getting hit" animation so that the boss has ample time to hit you again, making you stunned again, ad infinum.

So yeah, an average game ruined by a fatal game flaw. I wish it wasn't so because for the first hour or two I played, it was actually enjoyable, which is a pleasant surprise for bundle fodder, but during the second half I was cursing the game and wanting to get it over with more than I was having fun.
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28 of 39 people (72%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Bad rats has competition. Buy it while it's still 20c!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
bad bots is such a stunning game. amazing graphics. amazing gameplay. bad bots is truely next gen.
0/10
buy it for friends
or some ♥♥♥♥ like that
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Hope this will help other gamers, have fun! ^.^

Bad Bots is the clasical story of machines gone rogue in space and killing people, you being the less experienced in combat, mechanic have to defeat the rogue AI that controls the ship;

Cons:
- map is mazey so you can get lost at some points and you don't have any maps available except a small icon map that appear in 2-3 rooms;
- some areas can get really overwhelmed by mobs so expect some trial and error tactics being used;
- except in some places most of the game is quite easy and a bit boring;
- little variety in enemies;
- nothing special in the plot;
- short story;

Pros:
- variety in guns;
- short story;
- easy to 100%;
- apart from certain rooms, game isn't very challenging;
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17 of 33 people (52%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
The bots aren't the only bad in this game, the sound, the gameplay, the story, the name. It looked nice but it's now in my ignore category
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
http://youtu.be/YQbJ7hMlGIM
http://youtu.be/zwbwrP8OEY0
I played Bad Bots for only 20 minutes or so (not because I don’t like the game).

As advertised you are pitted against a lot of bad robots in a big space ship.

Game looks good (It’s meant to be ‘retro’). Reminds me most of Bio-Menace (1993) and a few other old games.

I encountered some minor issues. It was a bit tricky to shoot over cover (but cool that you and the robots could duck behind it!). I found that occasionally my equipped weapon randomly changes (when I change and then jump straight away?). I sometimes found it hard to get off ladders unable to defend and avoid enemy attacks. The boss fight that I encountered could have been better I couldn’t see a way to get out of the bosses path (i.e. grab a handhold and hang from the roof above it or something). Basically the battle boiled down to it semi-stun locking me and having to out damage it.

However I enjoyed the game so far. It has a story with cut-scenes in a comic book style (sort of like in the original X-Com). It wasn’t so retro that you couldn’t aim with the mouse. The Sci-fi space ship environment music were cool. Crawling through service ducts are a nice addition to the corridors and rooms. Remains of the brutally murdered crew scattered throughout the ship added to the atmosphere.

It is probably (I say probably because I haven’t play the whole game) worth it’s $1.99 price tag on steam. At the moment it is only $0.49 which is the price I got it for and it was worth it even just for the short time that I played.

Click here for more let’s play videos =)
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
BUY IT
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
too easy
the bots are stupid

our hero too strong
got all achievement easily
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
I don't know why people don't like this game , its very fun . Totally worth it , even at full price.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
It's an original game for sure, but it's not very fun. Too repetitive, and non-stop action. So You only do one thing,it's shooting robots.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
Bad graphics, next to no story, klunky controls. what else is there to the game?
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
why did my friend gift me this
unadding him now
2/10
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
I'm not recommend this game, yeah it's not this era's game
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Good Game
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