Poor Robbery Bob! A lanky sneak thief imprisoned for a crime he did commit, Bob is thrilled when a mysterious stranger breaks him out of jail. There’s a price for his freedom, though, and now he has to sneak through 50 levels of puzzles stealing everything that’s not nailed down.
Most levels are built around an object that must be stolen and an exit that must be reached. Standing in the way are cops, dogs, little old ladies with rolling pins, mad scientists, locked doors, cameras, lasers, and teleporters. Bob’s only tools to defeat these obstacles are your ingenuity and his uncanny ability to hide in potted plants.
Robble Robble cheeseburger!
You control Bob with a virtual joystick, which does not respond as crisply as we want it to. Fortunately, you don’t need to zip around the screen to do well in the game. While you receive badges for completing levels within a target time, there’s no penalty for taking your time and nudging Bob where he needs to go.
This lack of hurry makes the game appropriate for a wide range of skills. As is typical for good puzzle games, it’s easy for casual players to complete a level and move on. Ambitious players can chase perfect scores by remaining undetected, completing the level within the target time, and scooping up all the loot that’s been scattered around. The game gives you an overall score to brag about on Game Center, along with almost forty achievements to unlock.
Trust a criminal to get mixed up in your dirty laundry.
While you’re playing, Robbery Bob does everything it can to prevent repetition and frustration. Checkpoints ensure that you never lose more than a minute of progress through the level. Useful hints and explanations of new game mechanics appear written in big letters on the floor so you won’t miss them. When you trigger an conversation with an NPC, that conversation only appears once, even if you have to retry that section of the level over and over again. This is the kind of polished experience that every game should offer.
That polish extends throughout Robbery Bob. This isn’t a complex or innovative game, when you get right down to it. All you’re doing is moving around, hiding behind walls, activating switches and gathering loot. But by taking these few elements and making them work perfectly, Chillingo has created something that anyone who likes stealth games will enjoy.