Full disclosure up front: although I love this game, I am not very good at it. Not very good AT ALL. I wish it had a setting for "people over the age of 40." Sadly it does not, so my experience of the game is limited to the first, oh, 30 or 40 seconds.
Robot Unicorn Attack for iPad/iPhone
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Robot Unicorn Attack is one of the most successful iPad games in history. Created by Adult Swim, that purveyor of oddball animated and live-action sitcoms for grown-ups (from Family Guy re-runs to The Venture Bros), Robot Unicorn Attack is a "twitch game." This single player side scroller has you piloting a robot unicorn across levels, leaping high to cross crevasses and avoid hurdles.
The sound track is surprisingly bewitching. It is nothing more than Erasure's 1994 synthpop ballad "Always." It fits the game so well, you would think they were made for each other.
The game has two controls: Jump and Dash. You can chain together jumps in mid-air to get past large crevasses, although this does not always work, and I am not entirely sure why. (Like I said… I'm not very good at it.) Dash is a super boost that lets you power through stars. If you don't use Dash, you crash into the stars headlong.
The "You Suck And Died" screen is a disembodied robot unicorn head, torn from its unicorn body, dripping the occasional metallic tear. It's all so tongue-in-cheek and yet beautiful. Words cannot describe.
The iPad/iPhone version costs 99 cents. (The browser and Facebook versions are free.) There are several free knock-offs of the game, but these are sleazy and also not as good. Part of what makes Robot Unicorn Attack so successful is the gorgeous animation, the lush scenery, and the amazing attention to detail. All of these items are lacking in the free knock-off versions. And hey, it's less than a dollar! Trust me, you will get your money's worth.
Several variations have been produced since the game was first released in February, 2010. If you can't tolerate hearing that Erasure song another second, you might want to check out Robot Unicorn Attack: Heavy Metal, which uses the song "Battlefield" by Blind Guardian. A Christmas themed version was released in November 2011. And most recently Adult Swim dropped Robot Unicorn Attack: Evolution, in which your unicorn transforms into other animals after breaking enough stars.