Apparently robots love ice cream - so much so they have invaded our planet with the intention of mining it for the calorie-rich resource.
Developer Dragon Army's deceptively simple shooter is a good pick-up for the princely sum of nothing. Robots Love Ice Cream borrows mechanics from many of the original genre defining titans - Space Invaders, Missile Command and Defender - and adds its own charming sprinkle of flavour.
Fending off the invading robots using an ice cream truck that fires a weaponised version of the dairy dessert is a lot of fun. The idea is to defend your factories from the enemies that hover over them and attempt to beam up your ice cream. Hordes of robot minions will attempt to get between you and their overlords, honourably sacrificing themselves to enable the theft.
Defeated robots will drop the game's collectible currency - Sprinkletonium - with which you can upgrade your weapons. I wouldn't mind betting that Dragon Army are testing the free-to-play waters with this price drop to zero, as the game is very much set up to reap the rewards of the business model should it reach that all-important critical mass.
Robots Love Ice Cream really is a nicely put together package and certainly deserves attention, I just hope that if it does switch to a F2P model that it does so whilst retaining its current dignity.
Check out the trailer below and grab Robots Love Ice Cream here. Is it not surprising that I really feel like an ice cream now?
And for an absolutely brilliant modern take on Space Invaders, TAITO's Space Invaders Infinity Gene is a must have. Seriously, your iPhone and iPad need this game. Yesterday.