A starship called 'The Eidolon' is transporting colonists to a new planet when the ship's computer starts to go a little crazy. The player takes on the role of Asimov, a lowly service mechanoid, who must save his robot friends and the sleeping human crew.Mr. Robot
is primarily a puzzle game. The first part of the game takes place on board the space ship, and contains environmental puzzle-solving similar to isometric games like Head over Heels
, but with less emphasis on action, and recreated in 3D. The player often needs to hack into computer terminals or other robots. This part takes place inside a Matrix-style computer world, that involves the 'ghosts' of the robots fighting abstract enemy defence programs in turn-based combat reminiscent of Japanese-style RPGs.
- "Он - робот" -- Russian spelling
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The game hides many references to science-fiction icons. Here are some examples:
The main protagonist of Mr. Robot is named after Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), world-famous science-fiction literature author. Asimov is considered one of the "science-fiction's Big Three" along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, which defined much of the genre's modern form. In his works, all robots had to obey the "Three Laws of Robotics":
1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
These laws are clearly parodied on the back cover of the game's box (as seen here on MobyGames).
The robot Asimov's code number is 1138 - it is a reference to George Lucas' movie "THX 1138". Inserting this number is common in Lucas Arts' products and in science-fiction themed games (System Shock 2 and Deus Ex being examples), movies, etc.
The A.I. that controls most of the The Eidolon's functions is named HEL. It's a word play on the name HAL 9000, a sentient supercomputer gone mad from Arthur C. Clarke's "Space Odyssey" saga, to make it sound like "hell".
This entry to the MobyGames database was contributed by Aney Nystrom (27)
on Jan 11, 2007.