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Review: Orbibot

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Some of the best and most popular games rely on the simplest concepts. However, don’t confuse simplicity with a lack of difficulty. No, that would be foolish as they push you to test your concentration levels, balance, poise, and patience. Spatial puzzles and physics-based games do just that, and one such title that’ll test your ability to stay cool under pressure is Orbibot.

Developed by PS Games and published by Ratalaika Games, this is a testing puzzle title. You control a spherical robot that must roll around 3D levels, activating switches while moving barrels, boxes, and balls. The stages require accuracy, logical thinking, and a whole lot of luck to complete.

Allow the tube to do the work.

Orbibot punishes rash actions.

As with most great puzzle titles, Orbibot starts tantalisingly easy and quickly gets considerably tougher. The world’s you explore combine an array of obstacles, traps, and switches that must be overcome and activated. You’ll roll through tubes, leap gaps, dodge flames, and are shot through the air as you attempt to reach the teleporter.

Any sudden or jerky movements are punished as you fall to guaranteed death. Its harsh and no thrills mechanics makes it addictive to play, and you’ll desperately want to complete each level. The real kicker is how simple each stage appears. You can compile a full plan to overcome all the obstacles, yet you’ll fail repeatedly! This brutality makes it moreish and reminded me of the attraction surrounding early arcade games.

Stack the barrels and create a bridge.

Complex levels and tricky pathways.

The 3D worlds expand to cover multiple levels and large spaces. You must send balls rolling across the map via tubes and rails to activate switches. You’ll race them to avoid fire and blasts of air. If you cannot time your run correctly, your robotic ball will soar through the sky and you’ll lose your progress.

This quickly becomes hectic as you juggle multiple tasks at once. Boxes must be moved, balls need to roll, and crates pushed out of the way. It’s an absolute nightmare and causes you to scream, throw your controller, and vow never to play again! However, you won’t let it defeat you. After all, you are only moving a ball from A to B, so how difficult can that be?

Orbibot is well polished and nice to look at.

Orbibot has a basic concept, but this doesn’t stop it from excelling in other categories. Its presentation is fantastic, and I loved what I saw! The smooth gameplay and polished graphics make this a treat for the eyes. The accessible action is supported by the free-roaming camera as it allows you to pan and zoom to your heart’s content. You’ll admire the cold sterile environment of the ever-expanding mazes, and the grey colour palette combined with vivid tones highlights the robotic and electronic theme.

Many of Orbibot’s elements remain the same throughout! The levels expand, but all have similarities, and this also applies to the core concepts. However, the audio didn’t read the script and treats you to an eclectic array of songs. The game ranges from calm piano music to heavy and aggressive tones and takes you on an emotional roller-coaster. This bizarre music choice was fantastic, and it helped to smooth out the many frustrations you’ll experience. You’ll also love the classic robotic noises of your ball as you smash into the scenery. It’ll make you chuckle as it shrieks and bleeps its way around the map.

Moving platforms require a delicate approach.

Excellent controls and weird plastic cats. 

Whenever a game uses physics-based mechanics, I shudder! Dragging myself around levels angers me and usually, the controls suffer. Luckily, however, I loved how the game played! Rolling and panning the camera was smooth and easy to achieve. You’ll navigate the maps like a pro in no time, which nicely levels out the difficulty curve. Its fluid gameplay was a pleasure to experience, mostly, but there was one minor issue. If you use a bird’s-eye camera angle, the ball moves slowly and with little finesse. It was strange and needs to be addressed as it removes some of the final polish.

The game comprises a few levels and no additional modes. This was a missed opportunity from the developers to increase the game’s longevity. If there was an NG+ mode or time trials to promote¬†speedrunning were implemented, this would have made it more addictive, still. Never fear, though, as you can collect random plastic cats on each stage! This was extremely bizarre, had no relevance to the main concept, and seemed out of place. However, I wasn’t leaving a plastic kitty behind and I collected them all.

Orbibot offers few surprises, but it’s enjoyable, nonetheless.

Sticking to tried and tested mechanics guarantees a solid game, but it sacrifices its originality along the way. Orbibot offers few surprises, but its strong concept is enjoyable, nonetheless. It’s short and sweet and I recommend you to buy it here! Help the robot get to the teleporter. Shove boxes, move balls, and avoid traps as you clear each maze-like level. 

SUMMARY

Orbibot is a fun and straightforward 3D puzzle adventure title. With a classic and well-trodden concept, you must defy gravity by rolling around maze-like worlds. Move boxes, balls, and crates to activate switches and avoid obstacles.

+ Crisp graphics.
+ Smooth gameplay.
+ Eclectic audio.
+ Excellent controls.
+ An achievement hunters dream.
+ Good value for money.
- Bizarre plastic cats.
- No additional modes.

(Reviewed on Xbox Series X. Also available on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation.)
Daniel Waite
Daniel Waite
My gaming career started on an Amiga and spans many consoles! Currently, I game using an MSI laptop and Xbox Series X. A fan of every genre, I love to give anything a go. Former editor and reviewer for www.bonusstage.co.uk, I'm loving my new home here at Movies Games and Tech. I can be contacted for gaming reviews on the following email: Daniel@moviesgamesandtech.com

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Review: OrbibotOrbibot is a fun and straightforward 3D puzzle adventure title. With a classic and well-trodden concept, you must defy gravity by rolling around maze-like worlds. Move boxes, balls, and crates to activate switches and avoid obstacles. <br/> <br/> + Crisp graphics. <br/> + Smooth gameplay. <br/> + Eclectic audio. <br/> + Excellent controls. <br/> + An achievement hunters dream. <br/> + Good value for money. <br/> - Bizarre plastic cats. <br/> - No additional modes. <br/> <br/> (Reviewed on Xbox Series X. Also available on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation.)<br/>