There’s a big secret at Dr. Hugo’s Factory for Making Robots. When the inventors aren’t looking, their tiny robots go on big adventures. They never expected to stumble onto a plot so diabolical it threatened their very existence. With lasers.
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Mostly Positive (117 reviews) - 74% of the 117 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 22, 2010

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There’s a big secret at Dr. Hugo’s Factory for Making Robots. When the inventors aren’t looking, their tiny robots go on big adventures. They never expected to stumble onto a plot so diabolical it threatened their very existence. With lasers.
It all starts when Zander - possibly the world’s most absent-minded inventor - trips over a metal box buried outside the factory. When no-one can figure out how to open it, the robots sneak out and try it for themselves. What they discover is the first step to a grand adventure, leading to a mystery as old as the factory itself.
Join the robots as they outwit mischievous children, curious animals, and dysfunctional inventors in their quest to find the truth. Will the robots solve the mystery before it’s too late?
Find out by visiting Dr. Hugo’s factory yourself!

Key features:

  • Play as 5 different robots, each with their own abilities and quirky personalities
  • Help the bots work together as a team to solve puzzles
  • Bomb, burn, push and swim your way through 17 intricately designed levels
  • Explore the hidden secrets of a crazy robot factory
  • Unwittingly meddle in the humans’ lives

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP or Vista with DirectX 5 or above
    • Processor: Pentium or higher
    • Memory: 64 Mb RAM
    • Graphics: Supports all DirectX-compatible video cards
    • DirectX®: 5 or above
    • Hard Drive: 900 Mb
    • Sound: Supports all DirectX-compatible sound card
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150 of 212 people (71%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: September 22, 2011
what's puzzling is why i own this
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2014
Short and fairly easy puzzle game, but its puzzles were actually logical and no horrible sticking points. It focused on cooperation between characters, and had a cute/silly story and cartoony look. Good choice if you like adventure games but get annoyed with harder or less logical ones. Definitely more a light snack than a meal though.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2015
A great puzzle game. Simple and fun.
It got funny stories too.

First time running this game, I though I'll get bored in 5 mins, close the game and delete it entirely.
But guess what? After playing for a while, I have lose track of time and suddenly the game is finished.
Man, that's a good casual game right there.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 25, 2014
Emmensely entertaining, this retro-style point and click adventure has humour aplenty suitable for all ages. The puzzles while interesting and entertaining are not so difficult you get frustrated with the game. There are a few trickier ones hidden throughout towards the later part of the game, but they are spread out to keep it fresh rather than to see what your IQ level is and succeeding at making most of us feel stupid as many of the old adventure games delighted in doing (or so it seemed).

With clean graphics, voice acted humans and for written quips and mesages from your Bots as they go on adventures, it is sure to keep you with a contented smile and maybe a few well-humoured grins. Definitely worth the purchase price as is on Steam. (Though if you go grab the currently humbelbundle as of this writing -4/25/2014- for the weekly sale, you can grab this game and a few more for as little as one dollar donation! THough of course, donations can be any ammount you choose from 1.00 and up to get the Steam keys for it.

(Don't know what humble bundle is? Go to and check it out for yourself).

In short, I recommend this game highly for a casual fun, story driven experience. It is great for those rainy days, causal relation sundays or just when you want to game after a long day of work or school but not be wrapped up for too long at a stretch. One of the other nice features of the game is your ability to save at any time during play (after cut scenes). This makes being able to pick it up and put it down again extra nice for those who may have to run on a minute's notice. None of the cutscenes are overlong, so that also adds to the fun as they add to the story rather than make you roll your hand or drum your fingers in a thoroughly "Hurry up!" manner.

Again, excellent fun game, with almost zero learning curve. Every bot you get has to pass three level-tests, to make sure you understand their abilities. Then as quickly as that they are in with your regular crew. It has taken me no longer than two minutes to get all of my bots on their tests. You couldn't ask for a easier learning curve or easier to remember what layout for what bot does what. No need to try and decode secret abilities.

If you have not had the opportunity to pick up this game, do so. True, replayability is not top of the motivations for getting this game-but it is enough fun that you will want to keep coming back to it every so often after you have beaten it, in the same way the "Monkey Island"series has become a gamer cult classic, it would not surprise me to find Puzzle Bots as another of the point and click adventure gamer cult classics in times to come.
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19 of 30 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 24, 2014
Worth 5 dollars? sure. It's short, cute and not too difficult. I'd say it's perfect for a kid. and not your inner acctual child. The 'puzzles' are really simplistic and strait forward with 5 different adorible robots that do very strait forward things and nothing but those things. In my opinion the end was poorly done based on the previous pace of the game, they go from being obvious to being abstract right at the end which confused me and caused me to take longer at the end. My real issue with this game is I worked till the end beat it..then the game automatically fastforwarded through all of the end dialog so I got none of the end story. If you have a child you want to get out of your hair for a while with something minimally thought provoking but not brainless, then I'd get them this. However if you yourself are looking for something there are better things out there for 5 dollars or for free. (I picked it up in the humble bundle so I can't complain too much.)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 9, 2015
This game took me by surprise.
It ended up in my library through some bundle and I didn't play it for the longest time.

I'm glad that I did though, as it is positively delightful.
The game follows 5 miniature robots who, after each having been invented by a different inventor at a research company, begin to explore and question their surroundings. Meanwhile (sometimes literally) in the background a larger story is taking place where the inventors question the motives and past of their employer, have crushes and dreams and in general feel very human.

The game has full voice acting for the human characters and cute robot sounds for the robots, it's clearly not AAA-budget voice acting but it's actually really good and I was consistently entertained and swept along by it.

The puzzles, which are linear and progressively more complex, are nice little one-screen environmental puzzles where the various abilities of your 5 little heroes is put to the test. The solutions are all pretty easy to figure out (maybe with the exception of one of the final puzzles, which required some more timing than I was used to until then), but that didn't detract from the enjoyment I was getting from it at all.

Charming. That would be the one-word review of this game. It wraps up nicely, doesn't outstay its welcome and oozes personality (which is impressive considering you're controlling a (literal) handful of robots).
A perfect example on how to make a neat game without having access to a huge budget, and something I'd recommend to everybody.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 29, 2014
A rather cute point and click adventure game featuring a band of robots each with a unique skill. It's quite short, it does have some collectibles to pick up and it does luckily autosave. I say luckily, because having gotten rather stuck on one puzzle I alt tabbed out of the game only to find this apparently equated to shutting the game down. It also turned out that the reason I was stuck was sadly because the puzzle had glitched and become unsolvable and the autosave fixed that... albeit by resetting the puzzle. It is very cute though and if the price seems right for (at most) a couple of hours of vague entertainment (or possibly more if you sit a small child in front of it) then it's worth a look.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2014
Cute brainstorming puzzle game with lot of funny puzzles and a pretty good story for this game.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: November 26, 2013
Some really cool puzzles involving character switching in this one. It's sort of a story-driven point and click adventure. The voiced banter between the human characters is quite enjoyable, and there's TONS of hidden writing and dialogue.

It's a short-ish game (could take you like 4 hours I suppose) but it's a charming game from start to finish.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Puzzle Bots is a short (~2 hours) and sweet childish point and click puzzle game where you control different robots each with a unique ability in order to solve puzzles in the environments. The puzzles are not too challenging so it's perfect towards the younger crowd, but overall it's a simple, relaxing and lighthearted game with a storyline that meshes well for this game.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: October 2
Starts as a series of flash games with awkward controls.
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Mutant Renegade
3.6 hrs
Posted: September 6
Truly the most complex game ever. Would have payed millions for an expirence this engaging but they are generous enough to offer it for only $5. Play this game if you want to believe in god again.
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Hannie Bananie
1.2 hrs
Posted: August 13
If this game were any more than the 5 dollar asking price, I probably wouldn't recommend it. For 5 dollars, though, it's a cute puzzle game you can get through in an evening. The story is mildly amusing and none of the puzzles will make you tear your hair out, so it's pretty relaxing. Overall, it's not going to wow anyone, but it is an amusing enough short venture.
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2.6 hrs
Posted: May 30
Short game, which was actually great. I don't have a ton of time to play games, I like to have something low cost that I can finish in one night I have off. Good fun, too.
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7.3 hrs
Posted: May 14
Puzzle Bots is a nice little point and click. Very cute with an interesting yet simple plot. Most of the puzzles are relatively straight forward but there are some real head scratchers in there and the final puzzle is a doozy! Nice and bright with simple and colourful animation. Voice acting good with some funny parts that give you the odd chuckle. If you're just wanting a little something to pass the time with the odd head scratcher thrown in with enough things to keep you interested, and a low price tag, this will probably be for you and will be quite universal. However if you are looking for more of a challenge where you really have to think outside the box this will probably be too easy for you and not scratch that itch. The use of the bots was easy, however ocassionally it can be irritating when you have to switch between them quickly (you will know where I mean when you get to it).
I got this as part of a point and click puzzle pack and as a whole I thought it was a really nice, well made casual game that I could dip in and out of.
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3.3 hrs
Posted: February 21
Just finished this. It's nice. Very reminiscent of the old point & click games, though not as long and with more logical solutions (these sorts of games were usually "guess the answer the developer was thinking of). The main feature is using different characters who have their own (single) special ability. It's not exactly lost vikings, but somewhat similar.

Despite the clean puzzle designs (e.g.: it usually makes clear which paths go nowhere) and the good pacing (the characters are nicely introduced and puzzles get progressively harder), it's actually the story that is the most engaging. It has good and charming humour, and a bit of mystery that keeps you playing and guessing what's next.

The main gripe I have with the game is that I definately no longer fit within the target audience for this. This is the sort of game I'd recommend parents buying for their children: it's non-violent, fun, keeps them engaged and tangentially (if that's a word) learns them about teamwork. Hardcore gamers should definately stay away, though. :)
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5.1 hrs
Posted: December 12, 2015
Casual game
Doesnt take much to finish
Funny story
Get in on sale and just enojy a bit.
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| r1nce |
2.9 hrs
Posted: July 11, 2015
Cute, funny, and fun.
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3.2 hrs
Posted: May 14, 2015
Acceptable. B-
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