We missed the original release of Don’t Die, Mr. Robot on the Playstation Vita, but it’s recently been released on the PS4 – giving us a second chance in the process. If you had it on Vita then you already own the PS4 version, as the game is now a cross-buy title. For its debut on the PS4, the game has gotten a framerate upgrade, as well as a boost in the graphics department – now running at 60hz in Full HD.
Those graphical upgrades shouldn’t sway you though, since Don’t Die, Mr. Robot is a retro-styled game with a minimalistic look about it – and all about the gameplay behind it. The game’s title does a decent job at explaining the gameplay as well… your main job is to keep your robot from meeting its near-certain doom. To achieve this, you’ll spend most of your time trying to avoid enemies who come at you from all sides while you navigate past them. In addition, you also have the option to ‘fight back’ by collecting pieces of fruit that appear on screen. If you grab one with an enemy near, the resulting blast will take them (and other pieces of fruit nearby) out, and if you manage to take multiple enemies out at once you will be awarded chain bonuses.
That’s really all there’s to it – the basic formula doesn’t change much over the course of the game. Remix mode serves up the most variety, with 50 levels that contain a mix of objectives and attack patterns – sometimes requiring you to stay alive for a certain duration, other times forcing you to be more aggressive and rack up a certain score as soon as possible. Arcade mode is (in theory) endless, and lets you compare your scores to those of other on an online leaderboard as well. If you prefer your game a little less (or a little extra) frantic, then the Chill Out and Time Attack modes are your thing.
Don’t Die, Mr. Robot is a simple game, but it’s addictive and hard to fault in terms of its core concept. It’s especially fun in short bursts, because monotony does set in after a while. This makes it a better Vita game than a PS4 game – although the potential for local multiplayer did cross out mind while playing the console version. Most importantly, this is one of those games that you keep going back to, just to try beating that score you got before. It’s budget-priced and cross-buy, so there’s no reason to not pick this up if you’re into the simpler gameplay styles that made some of the classic games so successful.