Monday, March 31, 2014

Review: 3835 Robo Champ Game

To finish out review month, we have the old Robo Champ game from Lego.  I picked this up back in December from the Clearance shelves of a local Walmart.  I originally purchased a copy back when the game was still in print as well.

The box, front and back.  MSRP was $9.99, and it has 118 pieces.  Which gives us a price per piece of $0.08.

Game rules.


Parts bags and die.

Parts 1.  Look at all the 1x2 Plates w/Bar along the bottom.  Then we have a number of different Slope blocks and a bunch of different Plates.

Parts 2.  A bunch of 1x1 Plate w/Clip Vertical, a few small tiles and plates, some cheese slopes, and a number of 1x1 rounds.  Not bad.

Here's a quick proof of concept.  It uses a favorite technique of mine, using the die as the core of the build.  Someone on the Hangar once described them as a "giant Travis brick".

The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  At retail price, below.  (+5) (The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.)

If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  I guess it shouldn't be a surprise with a name like Robo Champ.  Most of the games from Lego were a good deal.

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