Play as a solbot with the sole task of providing the world with renewable energy
Collect enough yellow-ringed energy orbs to complete a level and move on to the next
Pick up various power-ups to supercharge your gameplay
Featuring a runner-like gameplay, Solbot Energy Rush is a really fun and addictive arcade game. Here, you get to control a solbot who has just joined the team in charge of collecting energy orbs in space just so everyone on Earth could get access to renewable energy. The game starts off rather easy but it becomes increasingly challenging as you go through the levels.
To assume your role as a solbot, you’ll need to first create a game profile. You’ll get to enter a display name and choose an avatar pic. Once done, you’ll be inducted into the team by the Commander and can start carrying out your duties, that is to collect energy orbs and power the world!
The controls in this game is really simple to grasp. Since you can’t move your solbot forward or back, and that the game is a 2D game, you are left with two options – left and right. You can move either way by tapping on the corresponding side of the screen on your device. The controls are, for most parts, very responsive and smooth, so all you have to do is to polish up your reflexes and hone your skills!
As mentioned, you will need to collect energy orbs as you fly through space. Every level has a fixed number of orbs you’ll need to acquire before you can move on to the next level. However, things aren’t as straightforward as it seems. For starters, there are 2 types of energy orbs in this game – the ones you want to gather and the ones you’ll want to avoid (since they can kill your character). The energy orbs you need to collect have yellow rings around them and most of the time, you can pretty easily discern them from the ones you have to avoid.
As you progress through the game, you’ll be introduced to exciting power-ups like the magnet which helps you collect all nearby orbs within a short period of time. The firing power-up, on the other hand, helps by blasting away “fake orbs” that stand in your way. The power-ups do help enhance the gameplay greatly, allowing you to enjoy the game in a slightly different way.
Another interesting feature about its gameplay is the color “makeover” that your solbot gets every time you move past the boundary from one level to the next. Personally, I think this is a really nice touch to have in the game.
The game also tries to spice things up from time to time by adding in mini-games where, for instance, you’ll need to dodge lasers for 18 seconds, or dialogues between your solbot and the Commander in between levels. The mini-games aren’t too difficult to play, but they do often rely on you having a good eye and quick responses. The game has a total of 50 levels, so there are tons of fun and challenges to be had.
What if you hit the wrong orb and die in the game? Well, if that happens, you’ll be given a limited-time option to use a key and resume playing. Keys are basically premium currency in the game since you can mainly get them by watching video ads. The game supposedly should give you a free key per day simply by reading the Facts section of the game and learning more about renewable energy and energy resource in general, but I can’t seem to get the “Claim Bonus Key” button to work. That being said, you can choose not to use a key and simply replay the game from the beginning of the level.
In terms of ads, Solbot Energy Rush has a constant ad banner at the bottom which doesn’t interfere with the gameplay in any way, and full-screen video ads that will pop up from time to time while you’re transitioning from one menu to another (not while you’re playing a level). I also like that the game gives me an option to choose whether I allow my information to be shared with 3rd party advertisers. This is an option that more games should provide to their players, I believe.
Unlike most apps, this game doesn’t have an in-app store. Instead, there’s a merch store where you can purchase solbot-branded shirts, mugs and hoodies while contributing to the many non-profit clean energy organizations that the developers support. These organizations are listed at the bottom of the Facts section of the game, by the way.
Graphics-wise, I like how the game keeps things simple. The multicolor, arcade-like look does bring back some nostalgic memories of blasting aliens and shooting down planes. The music works really well for the game too.
However, there’s a few things that I find really annoying, aside from the non-functional Bonus Key button, including the fact that the game doesn’t seem to have a pause button. There’s no exit button either, and the back button on my device doesn’t exit the game (had to eventually force stop it). It would be also nice for players to have the option to replay the game (start from level 1) just so they could aim to get better overall high scores and hence, rank much higher on the leaderboard.
In a nutshell, Solbot Energy Rush is an arcade game that is really simple to get into and yet so challengingly fun to play. The game is also designed to help spread awareness about renewable energy and the current state of our energy resources to boot! If you’re interested to support their cause, you can feel free to contribute by buying their merch or simply by watching video ads to get those precious keys.