Robo Recall: Unplugged is an action-packed addition to the Oculus Quest’s library. It’s a polished game with well-designed mechanics, good level design, and great replayability.
As a port from the Oculus Rift, Robo Recall: Unplugged is a very well polished game. It includes everything from its predecessor and more. More levels, more story, more enemies – even a new gun called “the bouncer”. This level of detail shows in its mechanics as well. The controls respond well, giving you full control over your weapon while allowing for use of cover and melee attacks. Melee attacks give you a lot of satisfaction when connected to an enemy robot due to impact feedback on both sides. In addition, there are challenges that can be completed for each mission which then yield rewards such as currency or attachments for future playthroughs. These add incentive to replay missions and search around before killing all enemies instead of rushing through the game
But Robo Recall: Unplugged isn’t perfect. Sometimes the game seems like it was ported over with little thought on how best to play it on the Quest. While using cover (which is mapped to swiping up or down) can be useful at times, I found myself less concerned about cover, instead preferring free-aiming via pinpoint touchpad accuracy. This is because the movement can feel slippery when compared to other Oculus Quest games where you are looking towards the center of the pad for direction instead of your finger’s location on the touchpad itself. That being said, there are some small hiccups between levels that have stuck out more than others – one being an intro sequence that plays before each level that didn’t quite load in time. This issue is made more prominent when playing with audio headphones. Additionally, the game doesn’t support the touch controllers for melee attacks (which could have been implemented by swiping forwards or holding the grip buttons).
I consider Robo Recall: Unplugged to be a must-buy for Oculus Quest owners. Its $20 price tag is justifiable given its replayability and polished feel. And if you’re looking for something new on your Quest launch order but want an established game with good reviews, this game has both of those things to offer – it even includes cross-buy so you can play it on Rift too!
Robo Recall: Unplugged gets an 8/10 rating.