Solatorobo: Red The Hunter
"All of this just works." —Todd Howard
Solatorobo: Red the Hunter, originally released in Japan as Soratorobo -Sore Kara Kōda e- (ソラトロボ -それからCODAへ- lit. Solatorobo: And Then, to CODA, with "Solatorobo" being Japanese for "Sky and Robot") is an action role-playing video game developed by CyberConnect2 for the Nintendo DS.
Originally released in Japan by Bandai Namco Games in October 2010, an English version was released by Nintendo for Europe in July 2011 and Australia the following November, with a North American release in September 2011 by Xseed Games.
Why It Rocks
- One of the most detailed and best-looking games ever released for the NDS.
- The game is an action-RPG.
- It is set in a steampunk and fantasy futuristic setting.
- Tons and tons of quests, which may be taken from a quest broker located in every city and town.
- Many different gameplay styles, such as flying airships, robot duels, fishing, and so on.
- A huge variety of quests, that range from simple fetch quests and errands to more action-oriented quests, such as rescuing civilians and protecting flying ships from space pirates.
- Explore many beautiful and fantastic locations, which are towns and cities set on floating islands in the sky.
- Flying ships and robots are one of the central themes of the game.
- Smooth and responsive controls.
- Experience two different storylines, with 10 chapters each for a total of 20 chapters.
- The protagonist Red pilots his own small mecha equipped with long arms that can grab and throw objects or enemies.
- Red can also exit his machine at any time, giving him the ability to swim, climb ladders, activate panels or switches, and immobilize enemies with his stun gun.
- Beautiful soundtrack.
- Lots of replay value.
- One of the most engaging stories with many exciting reveals and plot twists.
- The mecha can be upgraded and customized by purchasing parts which consist of simple geometric shapes that fit into slots unlocked by finding "P. Crystals".
- Multiple puzzles that require the use of both Red with and without his "Mecha".
- The game features multiple DSi enhancements (such as being able to use a picture of yourself as a save file icon), which are also enabled when played on a Nintendo 3DS system.
The title received a total score of 33 out of 40 from Japanese magazine Weekly Famitsu based on individual reviews of 9, 8, 8, and 8, earning it the publication's Gold Award.
Solatorobo earned mostly positive ratings, with a 75% average score on aggregate review website GameRankings, and a 76 out of 100 from Metacritic, and game's overall bright tone and presentation were generally praised by critics.