Choke on my Groundhog, YOU BASTARD ROBOTS: a fun casual blaster with a twist

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A simple, casual free game that involves running around and blasting robots. It employs an interesting twist whereby whenever you die, you get to replay a level alongside the past incarnation of yourself (your previous playing sequences preserved and re-played, resulting in many of your guys simultaneously unleashing a whole lot of firepower).

This game looks like a simple blaster similar to Robotron 2084 or Smash TV; however it features a very interesting innovation in the gameplay whereby whenever your character dies you get teleported back in time to the point when you first started – except that the previous incarnation of yourself is there as well, re-enacting the exact sequence that you played earlier.

The most interesting consequence of this is that the more you die, the more powerful you become the next time around given that your alter ego(s) are running around on screen blasting away.

Here are more notes on this game:

choke on my groundhog screenshot

  • Levels: as of this writing this game comprises 6 levels (once you finish these the game serves you blank levels rather than ending, which is kind of strange). The game is a work in progress and the author is promising that he’s going to develop it further; a level editor is mentioned on the game home page but the couple of links to it that are there are broken.
  • Graphics: are cartoonish and cute; designed to look like someone doodling robots on a notebook.
  • Firepower: if you destroy a robot with converging shots from your multiple guys it explodes with a massive boom that takes away any other robots in the immediate vicinity. Very cool. Thankfully friendly fire conveniently does not harm your guys (which is just as well since the game would have become impossible to play otherwise).
  • No install: just unzip and run.

The verdict: a low commitment casual game that can be picked up and played quickly and provides an interesting innovation with the whole alter-ego business. This game is from Kloonigames, whom I mentioned previously on Freewaregenius; check out other innovative casual games they have on offer.

Version Tested: Release 5

Compatibility: WinAll. Requires .NET 2.0 Framework.

Go to the game page to download the latest version (approx 7 megs).