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Cathode Raybots

rated 4.24 / 5 stars
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Action - Shooter - Run 'n Gun

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Feb 7, 2013 | 4:21 PM EST

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67 Deep Sixer 5 Points Defeat the 67 Bots.
Bad Dude 5 Points Defeat the Bad Dudes.
Butt Pincher 5 Points Defeat the HUGE Jerks.
Castle Crusher 5 Points Defeat the Castle Crashers.
Channel Flipper 5 Points Defeat the Regular TV crew.
Emotikiller 5 Points Kill the NG Emotes.
Evil Slayer 5 Points Defeat the Evil Bosses.
Gang Banger 5 Points Defeat 10 random bosses.
Hate the Game 5 Points Defeat the VG Legends.
Jerk Killer 5 Points Defeat the Jerk Squad.
Killer of Legends 5 Points Kill the legendary characters.
N00Binator 5 Points Kill the N00bs.
Proletariat 5 Points Defeat the Bourgeois.
Travisty 5 Points Defeat the Travis Bots.
Troll 5 Points Defeat the NG Folks.
Unpatriotic 5 Points Defeat the Patriots.

Author Comments

Our old TVs have returned from being scuttled into space and they have made a sport out of killing humans!

Play as humans to fight waves of Raybots OR play as the Raybots and build new robots for humans to fight. The best robots will be added to official campaigns! Also note - that campaign list has a yellow scroll bar down the ride side, with a lot more campaigns down below!

Big thanks to Mike for all the programming support with the API and drawing tools. Big thanks to Stamper for the player select music and menu sprucing. Big thanks to RicePirate for the intro and select screen voice. Big thanks to all the testers who helped build Raybots!

A or Z = Primary Weapon
S or X = Secondary Weapon
Arrows - Run, Jump, Drop through platforms

In human mode you can earn trophies and compete for high scores in the campaign mode. You can also browse the Boss Files and discover bosses not featured in the campaigns! Your letter grade is based on how much health you maintain during battle. Your score is based on a combination of health and time throughout the campaign.

In Raybot mode, you can edit your level, draw your own robot face, equip hats and hands, customize your weapons and record a pattern. While recording a pattern, hit SPACE to open the exit, then walk over the exit to close your loop! Every boss is a looping pattern. You must TEST and defeat your boss in order to save him, otherwise it isn't fair sport.

You unlock hats and hands by voting on the Raybots you fight in human mode.

In Raybot mode, some weapons have alternate versions. For example click the bullet icon multiple times for different bullets, or click the bomb icon multiple times for different bombs. Remember, you can equip both your A and S key weapons! When customization sliders are available, give them a try and see how it impacts your weapon.

Tap your "M" key to toggle Mute.

UPDATE (2/8/13): Turns out there was a massive teleporting bug that could result in you not being able to open the exit and close your pattern loop. I imagine this is the cause of the complaints about that issue. It's fixed! You may need to clear your cache.



Rated 4 / 5 stars

Very fun idea for a game! I had a blast playing Cathode Raybots...but, and I'm aware much of this will change with coming patches/updates, there's several glitches and unintentional flaws in my hours of play through.

Most notably is that I never seem to keep whatever hats or hands that I unlock for my Raybots. I knew something was up when I kept earning the trash-can hat every time I downvoted a Raybot I didn't particularly like, but when I unlocked a whole SLEW of hats and hands after defeating the Travis Bots and Jerks, I was MIGHTY disappointed that I would have to fight them all over again just to keep those cosmetic items.

Sometimes I would choose to access the game by clicking on the icon of a custom face I had made...right there from my user profile. Let's say the character I wanted to fight was my design, "//Run:STAB-Demon" The new page would open, Cathode Robots would load, and it would bring me right to what was supposedly Stab-Demon's stage...the clock would countdown, but there was no environment or characters...only the background graphic was visible. Shooting would drain a non-existent enemies health to zero, acting like I had won at the end.

I thought this was the only instance of this glitch, but somehow or another, I started a campaign, this way. This is how I defeated the Bourgeois; as an invisible human, on an invisible stage, "shooting" at nothing, winning boss after boss. However, the game DOES have a tendency to sort of reset itself after a weird glitch...the next campaign was perfectly normal.

Occasionally when saving or loading a Raybot, all music and sound will abruptly die. Toggling mute (M) does nothing...but after a long while, the music and sound will (startlingly) return in seemingly arbitrary circumstances.

Onto my thoughts on the game itself, I loved the concept. The intro is simple, short, and sweet, and the robotic voice over is's a REALLY dramatic, very cool voice to attribute to the titular droids, but aside from the intro and the select screen, we never hear it again. I would've liked to have heard more of it.

Even Ching Chong Beautiful had TomaMoto's Announcer guy. It would've been cool if the vignette, transferring the human from one boss to the next was accompanied by some crass, degrading Robot Host...spitting insults at the inferior design of the fallen 'bot, and the inevitable decay of this insect fleshbag.

But, maybe that's a bit much. It's a straight-up arcade fun-fest! Though it says "campaign", it's evident we're not here for the story...I, personally, think that was a missed opportunity. There's something to be said about the MASSIVE undertaking it was to knock this beast out while balancing life outside of NG, but I personally see the platform that IS this game, at it's core, with much greater potential. What we have here is a budding plant, expanding with user-generated content, when it could absolutely be an ass-kicking tree, TEEMING with user-generated content.

I can't complain too hard...I'm absolutely engrossed with the challenge and the fun this game provides. I love to design new faces, and I've been having a great time with the level editor...I just wish the level editor was capable of more too. After a few maps, you really begin to realize just how little a space we're left to work with. With the only varying elements being between blocks and platforms, there's only so much you can do before you've seen every kinda scenario. I'm not suggesting the addition of hazards, or (platformer cliche here), but if we just had a BIGGER map and different shaped structures...hell, at the very LEAST, a different background than the same purple environment with the same drone looming over the top left quarter.

I read your response about why the human wasn't provided any upgrades. Well, the Raybots don't have much in terms for upgrades either, but instead they have cosmetic customization. Well SHIT, if anything would even be remotely concerned about their appearance, one would think it would be the human! lol Varying helmets, armor, whatevs!

GG! Voted 5!

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

i like the whole thing, from concept to execution. fantastic job guys!

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Rated 3 / 5 stars

you should add some sort of rpg element to this like more weapons for humans or talents etc
fun game tho


Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is an amazing game because it gave me something I forgot I wanted as a kid, being able to make a mega man boss. Playing all the interesting created bosses adds greatly to how epic this game is. Mega what? Mega Who?

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Rated 5 / 5 stars