In Solatorobo: Red the Hunter, players take on the role of Red Savarin, a young, hot-headed adventurer who is inadvertently thrown into a quest to save the world from an ancient menace. Red’s tale unfolds in the Shepherd Republic, a world populated by two races of dog- and cat-like people, who have come to use mechanized robots, or Robos, to help them accomplish everyday tasks. Many characters in the game have Robo companions, and Red’s trusty mechanical steed is known as Dahak. After a chance encounter with the mysterious Elh, he gets inadvertently entangled in an epic adventure to save the world from destruction at the claws of the ancient evil being, Lares.
Navigate the intriguing islands, taking on a series of different quests; from fighting robots to battling sky pirates, racing planes and defeating giant monsters, while exploring the sky on your own airship and ultimately saving the world and discovering the truth behind the mysterious floating islands.
There are a number of gameplay modes in Solatorobo, including “Quests”, where completing quests earns you money and the ability to increase your Hunter Level, while in “Battling” you must lift and smash robot opponents to gain experience points which extend the amount of life that Red has.
The game unfolds in two parts, each consisting of a number of chapters in which you must fight to keep the earth in this island-like state to prevent mass extinction and the end of the world as we know it!
In the game, players are given the option to choose what abilities they would like to focus on – be it attack, defense, mobility, etc. – through an intricate yet straightforward customization interface.
As Red and Dahak forge their way through the game’s world, they will come across rare and valuable items called P Crystals in a variety of locales. P Crystals are extremely important to players because it is with these crystals that slots in Dahak’s customization interface are opened up, allowing players to install upgrades into Red’s mech. It is by this means that players can alter the attack, defense, hydraulic (lifting power), mobility and revive characteristics in their mech. Once players have purchased upgrades in the open world, they can be installed into Dahak’s unlocked customization slots, allowing players to tailor their Robo to a preferred playing style.
The system adds an interesting twist, however, by taking on the format of a puzzle mini-game. As slots are unlocked with P Crystals, the number of total open customization slots increases, allowing for more upgrades. But not all upgrades are physically the same. While a low-level attack or defense upgrade may only take up one slot, higher-level upgrades may require several slots, and may be L-shaped or rectangular, forcing players to figure out which upgrades fit together within their allotment of unlocked slots. Furthermore, not all upgrade slots cost the same amount to unlock – some early-level slots cost only five P Crystals, while high-level slots can cost up to 20 P Crystals.
No matter the play style, Solatorobo’s deep customization system allows players to build their Robo up as they see fit. Just don’t forget that doing so requires a good amount of forward thinking and strategic ingenuity. Decisions, decisions…
The first run copies of Solatorobo: Red the Hunter, rated E10+, will contain a bonus soundtrack CD at an MSRP of $34.99.
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