Friends To The (Bitter?) End: The Girl And The Robot

It cannot be stated enough that RPS readers are quantifiably the coolest humans (and/or other flora and fauna) on planet Earth (and/or all other planets to which RPS is broadcast). I could trot out all the census data and effusive testimonials from literally every person I’ve ever spoken to, but instead I’ll just point to reader GamesInquirer’s recommendation of The Girl and the Robot in my recent post about stunning vaguely Ico-ish pretty-pretty Toren. On that suggestion I watched the trailer, and sure enough, it looks quite delectable, like a brain-tickling, heart-warming fusion of Ico‘s two-character puzzles and some almost Dark Souls-y combat. Have a look-see (or whatever you call it on your planet of choice) below.

Unsurprisingly, The Girl and the Robot is a game about the adventures of a girl and a robot:

“The Girl and the Robot is a third person action/adventure game set in a fairy tale world. You take on the role of a young girl trying to escape from a castle ruled by an evil queen. On her way, the girl meets a mysterious robot that she can control by using a magical pendant. Together they encounter many challenges that test the strength of their new found friendship.”

Friendship! Horses tell me that it is magic. Well-placed horses, even.

You can already grab an alpha version via Desura or the Humble Store, though I’m not sure if I recommend it given that TGATR is a single-player story-based to-do. It has a tale to tell, but it still needs to rehearse in the mirror for a bit before it’ll truly be ready to bind you with spells. The developers also recently hinted at a Kickstarter, so probably expect that sooner or later.

Even as is, though, TGATR seems to be on the right track. I will intently watch it with my Intrigue Spectacles. Will you?


  1. RedViv says:

    I AM NOT A GUN oh wait I actually sort of am, in a video game way.

    Very Ico-ish indeed. Also lovely.

  2. 12inchPlasticToy says:

    That robot in the screenshot looks an awful lot like a slim Dwemer centurion.

    • Ayam says:

      Reminded me a lot of Laputa: Island in the Sky – great movie, 100x better than zzzzz Spirited Away.

      • Keith Nemitz says:

        And the robot in Laputa was also controlled by a magical pendant. Hmmm….

      • ViktorBerg says:

        I’ll go as far as to take a guess that this was HEAVILY inspired by Laputa. Down to the floating castle, the girl with a magical pendant, and a slightly asymmetric combat robot.

      • psepho says:

        I thought the screenshot actually was Castle in the Sky for a split second.

        I would dearly love to see what Hayao Miyazaki would make if he ever tried his hand at videogames.

        • Wedge says:

          Well there was the Ghibli collaboration for Ni no Kuni, that had the PS3 game come out in the West…

          • ViktorBerg says:

            And apparently, it was really good. I somewhat want to own a PS3 for that game alone.

  3. lowprices says:

    “A robot who doesn’t know friendship” might be one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve ever read. I think I need a hug now.

  4. Eight Rooks says:

    It’s interesting, but it doesn’t grab me like the Toren trailer did. There’s not as much… I dunno, artistry here? Lots of blank empty spaces, simple animation, not much detail. It’s difficult to compare the two as this is obviously not hiding the fact it’s at a very early stage and it does show a fair bit of actual gameplay. Still… nothing really seems to stand out as much as I’d like to see, even early on. Toren made me go “Oh, wow” but I’m afraid this doesn’t rate much more than a grudging “Eh… s’all right, I guess”.

    • Baines says:

      Looks a lot like a generic video game. No magic or anything special, just switching between two characters, one of whom can fight. I was actually moderately surprised when the robot used a lever, because I halfway expected that to be the girl’s “gimmick”.

      It could be good, but currently it just doesn’t seem appealing to me.

  5. rapchee says:

    on stills it looks very ghibli-like, and the sounds of the robot fight as well. in motion it doesn’t look that nice though. still, really tempted to get it
    also, i didn’t know remote-controlling someone is the way to become friends
    also also link to

    • kalirion says:

      Since this is the Pre-Alpha trailer, I’m assuming more animations are forthcoming – such as pulling levers instead of using telekinesis on them :)

      And lots of people would consider their televisions (and computers of course) among their bestest of friends.

  6. Keresky says:

    Could be good. I’m kind of surprised nobody’s mentioned Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom yet, though, since this seems to be biting more heavily from that than Ico. .

  7. Freud says:

    They should find a way to use the Röyksopp song The Girl and the Robot.

    • Josh W says:

      At first I thought, that wouldn’t fit at all, but putting in a music reference here or there could be amusing. Anyway, thanks to the title of this I game I immediately listened to it again.

  8. DanMan says:

    Meh. Looks too cartoony, zeldaish to me. Probably gets stale pretty quickly. :x

  9. Chizu says:

    She appears to be playing Ninja with that run and jump animation :v
    Looks really interesting though, will follow it.

  10. GamesInquirer says:

    Yay, I’m a cool person.

    Not as cool as the developers of such things obviously, but still cool.

    Can’t say the same for the people down on this however. Oh well.

  11. aliksy says:

    Lots of things getting compared to dark souls lately. What makes this like dark souls?

    • Freud says:

      The desire to sell many copies?

    • GamesInquirer says:

      He thought the part showing the robot combat had systems of similar pacing, what’s so bad about that? It wasn’t the devs trying to jump on the bandwagon, sir Freud.

    • GameCat says:

      Since Dark Souls is the best game ever made it’s quite redundant to say that your game is inspired by DS.
      Silly, of course it is.

    • tasteful says:

      because the combat is very similar – slow-paced timing-based jump-back combat. you horrible pedant

  12. dmoe says:

    Why does she make popcorn when she runs?

  13. Syra says:

    Is it entirely wrong of me to have read ‘an old story about two souls, a girl and her robot’ and thought of this ?
    … NSFW.

    link to

    • The Random One says:

      It’s probably a little more wrong than me thinking of Jess Fink’s excellent monochrome pornography every time I saw one of Fink Industries’ logos in Binfinite.

  14. Shadowcat says:

    I read the developer’s name at the end of the video as “flying car parts games”.

    I’m honestly not sure whether I prefer their version, or my version.