Understanding nerds, Artificial Intelligence, women, and romantic chemistry...
I'm a huge fan of puzzle games, almost any kind of puzzle game will entertain me. What sets this one apart and makes it fun to play and interesting is the very same thing that holds it back from being a "great" game. The graphics, while well drawn and cute, do grate on your nerves after a bit.
The developers responsible for this game have obviously spent a lot of time worrying about the sound design, the cute voice effects and absolutely fantastic
old-timey bluegrass soundtrack kept me playing longer than I would have otherwise for a first sit-down with this game. Even with the great soundtrack and cute voices, I see myself playing through Girls Love Robots in small 15-minute chunks, as opposed to marathoning the entire thing like with most puzzle games.
So, really, my most major criticism is that it just isn't addictive enough. Cute, simple to understand concept with some surprisingly challenging puzzles when pared with the childlike graphics do not make something easy to sit and pour hours into at a time. I don't think this was the point of the game, anyway, but it is definitely something that loses points - at least for me, it does. After 20 minutes or so, you will want to strangle every, "Normal girl," that lets out an excited squeal whenever placed next to a robot. Very mixed feelings about this game.
Switching up the gameplay features and creating interesting challenges does keep the game interesting to a degree, and I appreciate the silly but harmless sense of humor inherent within it. This game would be great if you have a friggin' genius for a child that can figure out puzzles, but they would probably get bored with it after a few short sessions, as well.
The hilarious use of stereotypes is great - you've got your nerds that sit in the corners, and are pleased as punch surrounded by robots, your preppy girls who love robots because they're cute, the nerdy girls who are loners and love ladybugs, and the robots, which are way overdone - but it has been a few years since they've been featured in a major way in anything pop culture related thanks to the zombie boom. It hasn't been that long, yet, fellas.
I got it in a bundle, so I really can't say anything bad about the price, but on the Steam store it would be a worthy pick up for less than 5 dollars. However, I wouldn't pay any more than that for it, because you might not finish the game, or you may take forever to finish it by playing in small bursts of time.
Sure, I recommend it, but don't count on getting addicted to it like with some other puzzlers.
6.5/10 - Gameplay and addictiveness.
9/10 - Soundtrack.