Last week we posted a preview of Adult Swim's Robot Unicorn Attack [$2.99] and really said everything there was to say about the game. Basically, here's the gist- Adult Swim has a free Flash game portal which contains many different games ranging from a suicide simulator to a Hook Champ-like swinging game. Robot Unicorn Attack is one of the more popular games on the flash portal, and as of this writing has been played close to 23 million times.

Set to Erasure's Always, you play as a robot unicorn and simply see how long you can survive. Much like Canabalt, gameplay consists of running to the right, jumping from platform to platform, and dashing through stars. I could go on explaining it, or you can just play the game in its entirety for free online.

Robot Unicorn Attack translates well to the iPhone, as most games will rarely last any more than a few minutes and both jumping and dashing is handled by default with buttons on either side of the screen or with optional gestures. Everything including the fantastic background music is preserved in the iPhone port, although the graphics have been scaled down to fit the resolution of the iPhone screen.

This is a game that is so ridiculous, you can't help but to love it. Between the silly soundtrack, rainbows everywhere, and both dolphins and sparkles popping up all over the screen when you're doing well, it's hard to not smile while playing Robot Unicorn Attack. Give the free flash game a spin, if you like what you see, $2.99 for the iPhone version shouldn't be too hard to swallow.

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    I wanna be with you

    • And make believe with you

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    • Jonzo

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    I wanna be with you

    • And make believe with you

      and live in harmony harmony oh love

    • Jonzo

      MAKE BELIEVE WITH YOU

  • http://matthewgravelyn.com MrMatthew

    This is basically a "one-button game" type, with the added attack. So, it's like "Chop Chop Runner" except more expensive.

    Also, I haven't seen any mention of any online leaderboard, or Plus+ or OpenFeint support. With a game that is just play it over and over to get a higher score, to me the online competition is a very important component to the re-playability.

    I get that this is more of a "cultural" thing. This is a free Flash game that millions of people enjoyed, but at face value, $2.99 seems like a little much for a one-trick game.

    • Abisco

      They are adding openfeint later apperntly so DONT WORRY GUYS :D LEADERBOARDS COMING SOON ^^

  • http://matthewgravelyn.com MrMatthew

    This is basically a "one-button game" type, with the added attack. So, it's like "Chop Chop Runner" except more expensive.

    Also, I haven't seen any mention of any online leaderboard, or Plus+ or OpenFeint support. With a game that is just play it over and over to get a higher score, to me the online competition is a very important component to the re-playability.

    I get that this is more of a "cultural" thing. This is a free Flash game that millions of people enjoyed, but at face value, $2.99 seems like a little much for a one-trick game.

    • Abisco

      They are adding openfeint later apperntly so DONT WORRY GUYS :D LEADERBOARDS COMING SOON ^^

  • http://www.putermcgee.com putermcgee

    i'm interested in the game, but $3? there are so many canabalt knock-offs that are often free, that i can't justify this purchase just because it's ridiculous. it looks like fun, but i'll have to hold off until a sale. thankfully, i'm not one of those who drink the adult swim juice and buy into anything they put out.

    • UglyPuppy

      Its now for only 0.99$

  • http://www.putermcgee.com putermcgee

    i'm interested in the game, but $3? there are so many canabalt knock-offs that are often free, that i can't justify this purchase just because it's ridiculous. it looks like fun, but i'll have to hold off until a sale. thankfully, i'm not one of those who drink the adult swim juice and buy into anything they put out.

  • Fluffhead

    Look at the video, you cant see the land sometimes, thats not how it should be and not worth $3

  • Fluffhead

    Look at the video, you cant see the land sometimes, thats not how it should be and not worth $3

  • TKO

    Ha! I have this one already. Managed to beat the Touch Arcade announcement. Totally *totally* worth the $3.00. Man you guys are cheap-ass. :p

    On the surface, it's a parody, a game whose campiness is at the forefront. But its got such incredible polish. And you can try the flash version before buying, just like Canabalt. IMHO Robot Unicorn is fine at the same price. Recommended.

  • TKO

    Ha! I have this one already. Managed to beat the Touch Arcade announcement. Totally *totally* worth the $3.00. Man you guys are cheap-ass. :p

    On the surface, it's a parody, a game whose campiness is at the forefront. But its got such incredible polish. And you can try the flash version before buying, just like Canabalt. IMHO Robot Unicorn is fine at the same price. Recommended.

  • Kamazar

    $3?!?! OMG!!! A game that's so good that it's been played 23 million times and has become an internet pop icon is too expensive?! Is this coming from the same people that'll put themselves in debt just to drive a BMW?

    • http://www.putermcgee.com putermcgee

      no, it's coming from someone with little income and no car. it's also coming from someone who has recently gamed almost exclusively on the iphone (at least partially) due to the common price point of its games.

      • Laiser

        I feel for you, I've been there. But still, $3 isn't much money at all, especially considering how much work goes into making a game.

        If you can't afford it, fine, but it's not that much money and it's really annoying to see people complain about something that's so cheap (and something that's basically a luxury item; you certainly don't NEED iphone games.) Meaning, if all you have to say is to complain about the price- which ain't that much- then don't say anything at all.

        Hell there's four or five sites that give pretty good ones away for free every day. Go get games there if you can't afford to buy them for $3 when they're new.

      • Slusho

        Oh come on. You shouldn't have an iPhone or iPod touch if you can't afford a $3 game and have no car. How did you pay for the device and/or service? A few years ago no games were this cheap. People take these things for granted.

    • http://matthewgravelyn.com MrMatthew

      Yes, 23 million people did play it... when it was free. Doesn't mean it translates well to the iPhone or that it's worth $3.

  • Kamazar

    $3?!?! OMG!!! A game that's so good that it's been played 23 million times and has become an internet pop icon is too expensive?! Is this coming from the same people that'll put themselves in debt just to drive a BMW?

    • http://www.putermcgee.com putermcgee

      no, it's coming from someone with little income and no car. it's also coming from someone who has recently gamed almost exclusively on the iphone (at least partially) due to the common price point of its games.

      • Laiser

        I feel for you, I've been there. But still, $3 isn't much money at all, especially considering how much work goes into making a game.

        If you can't afford it, fine, but it's not that much money and it's really annoying to see people complain about something that's so cheap (and something that's basically a luxury item; you certainly don't NEED iphone games.) Meaning, if all you have to say is to complain about the price- which ain't that much- then don't say anything at all.

        Hell there's four or five sites that give pretty good ones away for free every day. Go get games there if you can't afford to buy them for $3 when they're new.

      • Slusho

        Oh come on. You shouldn't have an iPhone or iPod touch if you can't afford a $3 game and have no car. How did you pay for the device and/or service? A few years ago no games were this cheap. People take these things for granted.

    • http://matthewgravelyn.com MrMatthew

      Yes, 23 million people did play it... when it was free. Doesn't mean it translates well to the iPhone or that it's worth $3.

  • cptamerica

    NOOOOOOOO Requires 3.1 Software!?!?!? It seems so simple....ah well. Not worth it to update.

    • psyc

      Holy crap dude what's it like in the stone age?

      • christine

        loool

    • http://twitter.com/elimcfly88 elimcfly

      3.1.3 Is dumb, but I dont see how 3.1 and 3.1.2 are all that bad.

      • http://www.putermcgee.com putermcgee

        i must be missing something if having a more stable os with added features is seen as a bad thing. of course, i don't know how the pricing for updates on the ipod touch work, so maybe that's what people are mad about.

  • cptamerica

    NOOOOOOOO Requires 3.1 Software!?!?!? It seems so simple....ah well. Not worth it to update.

    • psyc

      Holy crap dude what's it like in the stone age?

      • christine

        loool

    • http://twitter.com/elimcfly88 elimcfly

      3.1.3 Is dumb, but I dont see how 3.1 and 3.1.2 are all that bad.

      • http://www.putermcgee.com putermcgee

        i must be missing something if having a more stable os with added features is seen as a bad thing. of course, i don't know how the pricing for updates on the ipod touch work, so maybe that's what people are mad about.

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  • christine

    i dont think its overpriced or anything, i loved the game. its unique! worth every single penny! 3€ isnt bad at all, but perhaps they could offer some discount as an introduction.

  • christine

    i dont think its overpriced or anything, i loved the game. its unique! worth every single penny! 3€ isnt bad at all, but perhaps they could offer some discount as an introduction.

  • Matt

    Sadly they are planning on adding Open Feint. Which is a shitty idea.

  • Matt

    Sadly they are planning on adding Open Feint. Which is a shitty idea.

  • HumJwayJway

    Comparing to a $30 psp game, $3 is dirt cheap. However, considering those thousands of very good and addictive idevice games in the apps store priced at $1 or even FOC, yeah, I would say $3 is pretty steep.

  • HumJwayJway

    Comparing to a $30 psp game, $3 is dirt cheap. However, considering those thousands of very good and addictive idevice games in the apps store priced at $1 or even FOC, yeah, I would say $3 is pretty steep.

  • David Horinek

    Why Vimeo? This is server about games for devices, which can't play flash.

    • http://clicksforcollege.com Allan

      I always found it funny that the site has no iPhone version.

    • Eli Hodapp

      It's up on YouTube too- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5HQRv2fsBM

      The reason I used Vimeo was because on YouTube they strip the audio since it uses licensed music. Under the video on YouTube: "NOTICE This video contains an audio track that has not been authorized by WMG. The audio has been disabled."

      • http://soiled.com Gload

        Yeah as much as I don't like Vimeo, I hate YouTube more. WMG isn't sending YouTube any letters on a case-by-case, YouTube is just using software to auto-prune the songs. It's just as bad as photo radar on the freeway.

      • Eli Hodapp

        Yep, it's especially annoying because I've contacted the people you're supposed to contact if you actually have a valid reason to have the music in the video... But of course that seems to go in to some email black hole that likely hasn't been checked since it was originally created.

  • David Horinek

    Why Vimeo? This is server about games for devices, which can't play flash.

    • http://clicksforcollege.com Allan

      I always found it funny that the site has no iPhone version.

    • Eli Hodapp

      It's up on YouTube too- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5HQRv2fsBM

      The reason I used Vimeo was because on YouTube they strip the audio since it uses licensed music. Under the video on YouTube: "NOTICE This video contains an audio track that has not been authorized by WMG. The audio has been disabled."

      • http://soiled.com Gload

        Yeah as much as I don't like Vimeo, I hate YouTube more. WMG isn't sending YouTube any letters on a case-by-case, YouTube is just using software to auto-prune the songs. It's just as bad as photo radar on the freeway.

      • Eli Hodapp

        Yep, it's especially annoying because I've contacted the people you're supposed to contact if you actually have a valid reason to have the music in the video... But of course that seems to go in to some email black hole that likely hasn't been checked since it was originally created.

  • sammysin

    I've been playing this all morning. Absolutely love it.

  • sammysin

    I've been playing this all morning. Absolutely love it.

  • http://twitter.com/jeffreydj lasse

    yes, open feint is stupid. they should add their own highscores. local/national/global or something like that. not this slow an ugly open feint.

  • http://twitter.com/jeffreydj lasse

    yes, open feint is stupid. they should add their own highscores. local/national/global or something like that. not this slow an ugly open feint.

  • MrMuesli

    Atreyu's horse, Artax, from The Neverending Story springs to mind with this one...go Artax....GO!

    • http://www.putermcgee.com putermcgee

      for a minute there, i was like 'um...don't you mean falcor?' and then i realized you said 'horse'...and then i came up with the best canabalt rip-off ever. it works well with the title since the game never ends either.

  • MrMuesli

    Atreyu's horse, Artax, from The Neverending Story springs to mind with this one...go Artax....GO!

    • http://www.putermcgee.com putermcgee

      for a minute there, i was like 'um...don't you mean falcor?' and then i realized you said 'horse'...and then i came up with the best canabalt rip-off ever. it works well with the title since the game never ends either.

  • Mike

    I guess I'm the only person in the world that is astounded that this game is so popular.

    • samthelion

      I'm astounded by your astonishment.

  • Mike

    I guess I'm the only person in the world that is astounded that this game is so popular.

    • samthelion

      I'm astounded by your astonishment.

  • Tim

    This seems like a rip off but its totally worth it in my oppinion. Its so much better than chop chop runner. The music is awsome. Im so glad i bought it.

    • TKO

      A platform game with Jump and Attack is a rip-off? Heck, I've been playing games with that formula since the 80's. :) I don't think preceding titles with similar mechanics are particularly new or inspired. {shrugs} It's just a very nice constant-scrolling platformer.

      The overt campiness of it adds a good layer of humour to an already good game. Definitely worth the price. (This might be my new Canabalt.)

  • Tim

    This seems like a rip off but its totally worth it in my oppinion. Its so much better than chop chop runner. The music is awsome. Im so glad i bought it.

    • TKO

      A platform game with Jump and Attack is a rip-off? Heck, I've been playing games with that formula since the 80's. :) I don't think preceding titles with similar mechanics are particularly new or inspired. {shrugs} It's just a very nice constant-scrolling platformer.

      The overt campiness of it adds a good layer of humour to an already good game. Definitely worth the price. (This might be my new Canabalt.)

  • Syzygy

    Nice of you retards to belittle the song as it was made by a regular artists who happens to be a huge seller in most of the world, it may be silly to you are your a complete idiot with some type of homophobic connotations but there are millions of straight people who like the song, silly as you think it is. How about trying to write something that isn't derogatory? Oh then you wouldn't be writing anything at all, FAIL.

    • beaver

      Then why did YOU make an effort to write something. FAIL

  • Syzygy

    Nice of you retards to belittle the song as it was made by a regular artists who happens to be a huge seller in most of the world, it may be silly to you are your a complete idiot with some type of homophobic connotations but there are millions of straight people who like the song, silly as you think it is. How about trying to write something that isn't derogatory? Oh then you wouldn't be writing anything at all, FAIL.

    • beaver

      Then why did YOU make an effort to write something. FAIL

  • Yopapa

    i don't know you guys but even getting this on my cracked iphone was worth the download

  • Yopapa

    i don't know you guys but even getting this on my cracked iphone was worth the download

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Robot Unicorn Attack Reviewed by Eli Hodapp on . Rating: 4.5