This review really could be a single sentence: if you liked Robot Unicorn Attack, you will like Robot Unicorn Attack Heavy Metal. The two games are exactly the same – as a cybernetic unicorn you gallop from left to right, avoiding pits with graceful jumps – but the atmospheres couldn’t be more different. Whereas the original was set in a day-glo fantasyland where the wind whispers refrains of Erasure’s “Always,” Heavy Metal is set in a grim hellscape of blood, skulls, and pentagrams.
If you enjoyed Adult Swim’s tale of Erasure, unicorns, dolphins, and robotic versions thereof, you may be happy to learn that now you can do it all again, only angrier. Robot Unicorn Attack Heavy Metal is the sequel to the original arcade game, Robot Unicorn Attack, in which you pilot a robotic unicorn through a treacherous landscape. Although this time there’s less fluffy purple clouds and more red and screaming. Jack Black would approve. Really, isn’t that all that matters?
Robot Unicorn Attack was magical. The addictive gameplay required twitch reactions, the art style was perfection and the sound effects made it legendary. The title racked up over one million plays during its first week as a web game on Adult Swim’s website. It’s become an internet icon.
Attribute all of that success to the tongue-in-cheek nature of the experience. The rainbow-tailed unicorn, the randomly jumping dolphins, the crystal stars and the poignant background music came together to create something ridiculous and amazing.
As before, your mighty steed does all the running, and all you have to do is tap [Z] to jump, hit it again to double-jump, and use [X] to perform a dash attack that can break through the stars that appear in your way. You have three lives (or “nightmares”), and one ends when …