I may seem nitpicky about this, but I never understood why gamers blitz through titles in one sitting (except when you have to review them..). Doesn't it take away from enjoying them at least a bit? Think of it like this if you've waited all day to buy ice cream -- when you finally get home with that gallon of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, are you going to down it in one sitting? No. You're going to enjoy that and spread it out. At least I hope you would.
Shoot Many Robots is a perfect example. The sidescrolling shooter from Ubisoft and Demiurge Studios is a great fun..when played in spurts. It's fast, funny and even a bit addicting, but if you try to rush through it -- you're sure to not enjoy is as much. You'll notice just how thin it is, and wonder if you're $10 was wasted.
If you couldn't guess from the title, Shoot Many Robots doesn't take itself seriously at all. You play as P. Walter Tugnut, a classy gentleman who happens to be surviving the robot apocalypse just fine...until the bastards blow up his truck. It's here that you set off on a road trip in your RV to make your mechanical enemies pay for what they've done to your ride. Yes, it's a silly story, but that's the point; Shoot Many Robots is a genuinely funny game, especially when it revels in just how silly the premise is.
Your war against your mechanical enemies takes a fairly simple form -- you'll run, dodge, explode and of course shoot your way through a series of side scrolling levels reminiscent of classic arcade games like Contra and most notably the Metal Slug series. Yes, it's simple and very redundant, but the key to enjoying Shoot Many Robots lies in its frantic gameplay and the almost unbalanced gameplay. There's always a ton going on in Shoot Many Robots, and it can be incredibly difficult to contend with all of them, so they key then becomes getting into a rhythm and almost becoming hypnotized by the game enough to memorize patterns.
Shoot Many Robots also benefits from the sheer amount of off the wall weapons it equips you with. The further you play through the game, the more outrageous they'll become. Walt is powered by drinking “juice” (which isn't beer..nope...) and you'll get cool...juice hats to help maintain your health along with some cool artillery like the All American AK47.
Where Shoot Many Robots falls apart is with just how much it recycles content in nearly every way. There are only a few different robot types in the entire game, and while they do feature cool differences, it's a bit disappointing that you're seeing all that the game has to offer so early in the game. Shoot Many Robots also recycles environments frequently, and even entire boss battles; using them again later in the game. Yes, we get it, it's a throwback to the classic coin-ops, but I would have gladly paid more money for more content.
Shoot Many Robots pulls no punches and drops you straight into the action with a humorous story and gameplay reminiscent of arcade classics like Contra and Metal Slug. There's a place for games like Shoot Many Robots, as long as it doesn't overstay its welcome.