While it's as much a tribute act to Bubble Bobble as it is a game in its own right, Robbotto still manages to offer a fun trip down retro memory lane.
Robbotto is fun… when played with a friend. Solo is less enjoyable in the long-run, as the substandard hit detection comes to the forefront more. With things such as uneven difficulty, missed achievements, the odd glitch here or there, and more, Robbotto is just okay. At $9.99, you really best make sure you have someone play with.
These issues negatively impact enjoyment of the game. You can work on setting a high score and there are basic achievements to complete, but these add little to the overall experience—the achievements consist of completing the game on the three difficulty modes, finishing the boss rush mode, and doing both of those tasks in 2-player mode. Robbotto is fun and simple, but it lacks the charm of the game it's trying to replicate.
If you're looking for a fun arcade-style 2D platforming game and are a fan of the classic Bubble Bobble, then you should certainly give Robbotto a try. The minimalist but charming look, its chiptune soundtrack, enemy and boss variety and the dozens of levels to offer, not to mention a challenging Boss Rush Mode, and its local co-op option, make this a fun game to play on Nintendo Switch.
With relatively floaty controls in a game that requires rather precise coordination, Robbotto is definitely all things retro gaming and will present itself as a true test in determining who is better educated in video games.
While Robbotto offers some quick fun for friends in local co-op and several different modes, its repetitive gameplay, underwhelming bosses, imperfect hit detection, and missing quality-of-life features keep it far removed from the game that inspired it.