Battroborg – Review

Battroborg. what is it? Well it’s probably the coolest looking toy your going to see this year.

Robot on Robot fighting in a battle arena, and if that wasn’t enough you actually control the robot through motion control. So when you punch your Battroborg Punches too!

We were sent one of the Battroborg Arena sets to review, and boy did we have fun.

Set Up

The Battroborg Arena Set comprises of 2 Battroborg Robots, 2 Nunchaku Motion controllers, The Battle Arena, and 4 plastic stand up training drones.

Setting up the Battorborg Battle Arena is simple. The arena comes in one part which only requires you to pop in the pegs around the side to hold up the ringside ropes. The ropes are more useful than you’d imagine actually, as you can configure them in different ways. It’s useful for training and having them stay in position for a match, which we used to do when the boys were still learning to control them.

Next comes the dreaded batteries. Battroborg does not come with batteries, and I was actually quite stunned to see that each robot needs 4AA’s. So that’s 8 AA batteries you’ll need in total. Tomy do not recommend using rechargeable batteries either, so my stock of them were useless and I had to go and buy some real ones.

The batteries go in the controllers and you then have to plug your Battroborg robot into the controller to charge it up. Charging takes 20 minutes and gives you roughly 20 minutes of fighting fun in the arena. I say roughly as we’ve found that you can battle for longer but eventually the robots will become less responsive, so you know they need a top up charge.

Even though the robots need regularly quick charging, the batteries have lasted since we received the pack around 3 weeks ago. So that I was impressed with.

Once the robots are charged you need to turn your controller on, then turn your robot on. When you do this the controller and robot should sync up, and you’ll hear a chime to signify that your good to go.

Controlling the Robots

The controllers are two hand-held parts joined together by a wire. To move around and punch you hold one end of the controllers in each hand. The larger part goes in your right hand, and the smaller in your left. The left hand controls the left punch, and also moves your Battroborg robot to the left as you punch. The right hand conversely. To move your robot forward you need to get in a rhythm of left and right hand punches with the controller.

I immediately took to the alternate punching method of making your robot move, but the boys really didn’t get it for a long time. They just kept hammering both the controllers at the same time, and that results in one confused robot who doesnt do what you want. It’s was hard to watch as they had been so excited when we got the Battroborg’s out of the box, but after trying and failing to get the hang out of it for 20 minutes they were totally disheartened and didn’t want to try again.

“They’re broken” “They don’t work” “Why wont they work?” was all Thomas was coming out with. Well they did work and I knew they did. They work well too, but it just needs a bit of practice.

Eventually after a few attempts Thomas started to understand how it wasn’t like a button bashing computer game, you have to make clear and distinct movements with the controllers for the best results. Once Thomas had it, Jacob wasn’t far behind, and now they are both battling and brawling like old pros.

The recommended age range is 6+, so they are both on the youngest end – Jacob if only for the next month still being just 5 is under it in fact. Given that it’s to be expected that the control system might take them a little longer to grasp, but it’s just as a heads up that younger players will need to put some practice in pre-battle.

 

Action in the ring

First task is a bit of training, and the four included training drones are perfect for that task. I found it intensely satisfying knocking down these cut out style robots, more so than the real fights actually. I think it’s the fact that you can really whack them and then the topple over. Great for unleashing a bit of aggression. Maybe I could even stick some real faces on them to add to the effect.

Once your ready to fight you have 3 modes you can choose from. Combat mode – which is a one on one fight. Autodrone mode – Which is a good one player game where the other Battroborg is set to punch automatically for 2 minutes, and you have to see how long you can survive. You can play Autodrone with more than one player, but you’ll need extra robots as one needs to be the automated puncher. You also have a Tag mode for 2 or more players, where one robot is the chaser and has to catch and punch all the other robots at least once.

We’ve only played the combat mode so far as were still learning the ropes, but the tag mode sounds like it could be good fun.

In combat mode the objective is to gain 5 damage points from your opponent and knock them out.  Only hits to the front of your opponents helmet, or in Battroborg speak Neurocranial-Optic visor count as an official hit.

You can tell as you play what your damage levels are from the coloured indicator on your robot

Green – No damage

Blue – 1st damage point

White – 2nd damage point

Yellow – 3rd Damage point

Red – 4th Damage point

Flashing Red with sound 5th Damage point Knockout

The easy to understand visual representation of your damage counter is brilliant, and gives the kids an instant insight into how they are doing and who’s winning.

Kids View

 

Summing up

With an RRP of £70 Battroborg is an expensive toy, but it’s understandable for the amount of gadgetry and technology  packed into these little robots. Now they’ve got the hang of it you can see that my sons love it, and have played with it a lot.

They are probably a bit too young to get the absolute most fun out of it. I would say that a 9/10-year-old would be the ideal age.

The amount of batteries would be an issue for me if the ones I’d put in had run out already. However they are still going strong after nearly a month, so it’s not as bad as I first imagined.

For me if I had seen this set up in a toy shop and had a go, it would have been a must have purchase for underneath the christmas tree.  I would certainly recommend it for lots of friendly competitive fun.

 

 Disclosure : We were sent a Battroborg Battle Arena by Tomy to test and give our honest opinion

 

 

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