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Robot Unicorn Attack Review: Cute, Colorful, and Difficult

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Robot Unicorn Attack got its start as a humble flash game on the Adult Swim website before being ported to iOS and Android. It is pretty and dreamy in a psychedelic way, but it’s also really hard.

The game is a basic side-scrolling platformer, with two controls on the bottom of the screen: a jump button on the left, and a "rainbow attack" button on the right that allows you to blast through objects (stars). Butterflies, sparkles, and rainbows fill the rest of the screen, and in the background Erasure's "Always" plays on a loop.

Robot Unicorn Attack is certainly fun, trippy, and gorgeous, but it's also hard. You get three chances to last as long as you can, jumping across gaps and blasting through obstacles. The opening screen even hints at the difficulty with a cute message: "You get 3 wishes. You will fail!" Still, though progressing beyond a certain point is practically impossible, the game is incredibly addictive--the controls are simple, the game is smooth, and you just know you can make it a little farther the next time around.

Robot Unicorn Attack is a paid game and it doesn't offer a lot of content (it gets pretty repetitive, and there are no levels), but it is definitely worth the 99-cent price of admission. The robot unicorn's flowing rainbow mane, the little dolphins that fly with you when you're on a roll and the sparkly butterflies will keep you coming back.

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