|By Para Gon||Friday, 8 May 2009|
This is part of my continuing series of playing and reviewing random SNES games I’ve never heard of. Some of these are just quick looks at the game, and may not be too terribly in depth. Today’s game is Battle Robot Retsuden!
The options on the menu screen are:
Load (also starts a new game)
Sound (specifically, switches to monaural)
By picking Load, you get a story intro where you see a giant robot on a big metal square, and then there’s a bunch of dialogue. As far as I can tell–and I encountered a particularly difficult string of squiggles 1/4 of the way into the first sentence, mind you–something is being referred to as Duplicators. I’m guessing those are the things that start shooting at you partway through the dialogue. When you finally get a turn, it looks like this:
The first option there lets you move (on a hex grid map) and attack. The second option is AI control. As far as I could tell, you only control one dude per battle, apparently. The third option accesses the bridge (like the bridge on a ship in Star Trek), which lets you survey the battlefield and check your units’ stats and attacks, and probably some other stuff. The fourth option ends your turn. Right away you can pick an attack that hits a couple of spaces away, and it looks like this:
When they (you’re fighting some kind of Evil Empire apparently) attacked you, it scuffed your shoulder. When you attack them, they blow right the hell up. Sounds about right.
You have to move to the upper-left and take on the green robot. Also, to aim at other hexes, you have to press R/L, not the directional pad. That’s retarded. He attacked me twice before I realized I could turn. After you beat him, a bunch more dialogue and then you can move on to the next battle, where you control a different guy (who can punch for 0 AP, whee). On the fourth battle, you start flying, and the music changes. I was going to say it was good, but then the main melody came in. So nevermind. D:
Sadly, Battle Robot Retsuden is rather repetitive, and it has way too much dialogue. Not recommended.