|First, the premise. You're a regular guy just trying to fix his spaceship when this little robot crash-lands into your area. You learn that an Evil Empire is trying to destroy just about every planet around - including yours.|
You have to chase this evil group from planet to planet - almost 20 levels in all - and each planet is HUGE. Not only that, but the entire planet you work on is loaded up in ONE CHUNK and you can literally go anywhere in the area. You can swim underwater, fly through the air, crawl through holes, jet across open spaces. The level of complexity is simply amazing. Look at this screenshot:
Everything in that image is active. There are spaceships zooming overhead on routes that you can shoot down. There are streetlamps you can shoot out, items to knock over, you name it.
Yes, you gather up bolts and buy weapons and ammo. There are tons of weapon options, many of them VERY funny. There are magnetic boots so you can walk on walls, hover parts so your robot turns into a helicopter, persuaders to lower your prices on items. There are special hidden "gold bolts" found on each level and many mini-quests. Race a hoverboard! Navigate the maze!
The dialogue is snappy and great fun. The animation is just *amazing*. The entire game is very addictive and encourages you to keep playing, mixing in logic puzzles, fun jump combinations, races, cute characters and much more.
When we got this we literally spent the entire weekend playing it and had a great amount of fun. Highly recommended!
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