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Our overall verdict "gold"

I’m a terrible person. I keep letting Mr Robot die. It’s been going on for years. First on the Vita and then the PS4 – relentless death. I keep trying to save him, I really do, but over and over again he is smashed in the face by evil robotic insects and strangely volatile grapes. He’s never once survived. But maybe this time things will be different. Maybe Don’t Die, Mr Robot DX on Switch will allow me to finally save the poor little sod.

Excuse me while I lol at myself. I’m being foolish. Mr Robot was born to die and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Don’t Die, Mr Robot DX is an awesome arcade dodge ‘em up from Infinite State Games. You may recognise these dudes from their recent Rogue Aces fame (if you’re not familiar with Rogue Aces, please feel free to rush out blindly and buy it – trust us, it’s cheap, you can do zoomies in the sky and bomb enemy biscuits).

The vague idea is to keep Mr Robot alive by dodging anything that comes floating his way. The screen soon fills up with dastardly creatures and the only way to keep their numbers down is to blow them up with fruit. Your five a day is a literal life saver, if only for a short while. The whole point is that you will die, over and over and very quickly. DDMRDX is a pick up and play sort of game that you can dive into whenever you have a spare 30 seconds. It’s also possible to sit motionless all day and play play play until your eyeballs hurt and you start seeing bananas in the bathroom.

If you’re thinking it could all get very repetitive you’d be dead wrong. DDMRDX has a variety of game modes to keep even the most fidgety individuals quiet and out of trouble. Arcade is the standard mode where you can dodge, dodge, kaboom, dodge, die until your little heart is content. Time Attack is a two and a half minute frantic scramble to score as high as possible. Chill Out is a slower and supposedly more relaxing mode where robots go to die peacefully. Lastly is the best mode of all – Remix. Earn bronze, silver, gold and platinum in-game trophies in a wide and wild variety of challenges: survive for as long as possible with no fruit, only being able to move horizontally, vertically, with a big robot, small fruit, grapes that turn on you and, my personal favourite, repelling fruit. Watch those life-saving bananas drift away as you approach. A slow approach will surely push them away faster, but a quick dash towards them could also see you colliding with a giant centipede. Completing Remixes and earning points allows you to unlock further Remixes and challenges. It’s an addictive process that actively encourages you to go back and try to better your scores, times and trophies.

New and currently exclusive to the Switch version is the ability to slow down. Press the L or R buttons and Mr Robot will move a little bit more carefully. The dev has called this a game-changer and they’re spot on. As a DDMR veteran I can quite accurately say that using this button completely changes the way you play and requires you to retrain your spatial awareness and reflexes. If you’re a new player, I’d advise you get used to using this button as a tool immediately.

Conclusion

A gloriously cheerful death machine with punnets of charm and humour. Don’t Die, Mr Robot DX is an arcade dodge ‘em up that will make you smile, laugh and forever regard grapes with some degree of suspicion. Take a break from the AAA’s and enjoy something a little more crazy.

S J Hollis Rating – 9/10

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S J Hollis

S J Hollis has been a keen gamer since the Atari 2600. She freely admits she thought E.T. was a good game but would like to stress her tastes have since dramatically improved. She is also an author, a morning person and thinks Elf ears are sexy. Follow her on twitter @SJHollis_