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August 10, 2006 9:33 AM   Subscribe

Roboclaw - Flash game in which you try to pick up and move a blue ball to a target using a robotic claw. Starts easy enough...
posted by shawnj (26 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Rather articulate for a game...
posted by Smart Dalek at 9:37 AM on August 10, 2006

I shouldn't operate heavy machinery even while sober, apparently.
posted by tjenks at 9:40 AM on August 10, 2006

Oh, it wasnt all that bad. Levels 1-9 were pretty easy since nothing moved, just needed to be patient.

When things started moving it got harder, as required you to not be precise, but to be FAST. I lost all of my lives on levels 15 and 16 =(

By the way, long time reader of MeFi, first time poster!
posted by LoopyG at 9:44 AM on August 10, 2006

i think level 20 is impossible. that is all.
posted by casconed at 9:46 AM on August 10, 2006

It's like trying to hop on a moving vehicle, casconed. If you move along side of it, it's easier to get on.
posted by shawnj at 9:52 AM on August 10, 2006

FYI: if you wanna skip a level, rightclick and select Play. Level 20 is actually pretty easy (compared to the previous ones).
posted by yeti at 9:59 AM on August 10, 2006

i couldn't figure 20 out. my claw moved more slowly than the damn bar, and i couldn't get out of the way =(
posted by casconed at 10:00 AM on August 10, 2006

The trick to 20 is to to grab it and instantly"fold" up your arm to move faster. In fact if you keep holding down the arrows you'll then fold up over the pivot; and if you keep holding, then you should be able to unfold in the precise location to drop the ball in the hole.
posted by yeti at 10:06 AM on August 10, 2006

Up until level 25 or so, the key to these seems to be to integrate the motion of both parts of the arm into a single smooth movement.

This may hold true past level 25, but once the arm's fulcrum starts moving, it exceeds my ability to integrate.
posted by Richard Daly at 10:08 AM on August 10, 2006

I got past level 20 easily enough, but I used up my lives early on because I can't seem to map the arrow keys to the arm movements correctly in my brain. I keep hitting the wrong one.
posted by mrnutty at 10:12 AM on August 10, 2006

Really enjoyed this game. Thanks.
posted by nickyskye at 10:14 AM on August 10, 2006

Awsome game. Thanks!
Now, my boss needs to go away so I can keep trying to get past 28.
posted by zerokey at 10:25 AM on August 10, 2006

Oh, and to do lvl 20:

1) Start with the arm totally extended.
2) Circle clockwise by holding down "Right". Don't let go for the whole level.
3) Allow the bar to gradually get closer and closer to you.
4) Use "Down" to make fine ajustments to the claw.
5) Be prepaired to hit "Down" as soon as you hear the ball attach. Continue to hold "Right". This is how you escape the fast bar.
6) Hold both "Down" and "Right" The arm will swing a bit and should find the hole almost automaticly.

To distill this down:
Wait for the bar to get close to the arm.
Press and hold both "Down" and "Right" as soon as the ball is grasped. With any luck, that's all you'll have to do.
posted by Richard Daly at 10:32 AM on August 10, 2006

well i'm not getting any work done today....
posted by dig_duggler at 10:33 AM on August 10, 2006

I'm terrible at this game because I always end up right next to a wall and then I immediately forget whether it's "up" or "down" that will turn me the direction I need to go. Then I choose incorrectly.
posted by Nedroid at 11:01 AM on August 10, 2006

anyone have the code for 20? i lost it =(
posted by casconed at 11:02 AM on August 10, 2006

I think this game would be fun, but I apparently don't have the spatial reasoning for it.
posted by jacquilynne at 11:30 AM on August 10, 2006

casconed: CJHW
posted by zsazsa at 3:18 PM on August 10, 2006

You can finish it.. I think my thesis helped :P

posted by Chuckles at 3:31 PM on August 10, 2006

That's just frusterating.
posted by geoff. at 3:39 PM on August 10, 2006

The key for 20 is..

Point the forearm (second link) toward the bar just the right amount for you to grab the ball when it gets to the hand. Then, while ready to move the forearm away from the approaching bar, begin to track the motion of the bar with the upper arm (first link). The ball will catch up to you on it's own, eventually. When you grab the ball, keep the upper arm moving, but immediately start rotating the forearm away from the bar too. At that point you will find that you have lots of time..
posted by Chuckles at 3:41 PM on August 10, 2006

How many work hours is this going to cost my corporation?
posted by PossumCowboy at 4:43 PM on August 10, 2006

Heh, great simple game, made me feel kinda dizzy after finishing it. Need to rewire my brain now.
posted by MetaMonkey at 4:46 PM on August 10, 2006

Like many people here, I lost all ability to play this game when the fulcrum began to move.
posted by The Confessor at 4:48 PM on August 10, 2006

Most of the levels where the thingy is moving can be solved with very simple motions or patterns - the solutions are often far easier than it may appear at first. The trick is trying different approaches, and not over-complexifying it.
posted by MetaMonkey at 4:56 PM on August 10, 2006

Damn you, nonholonomic contraints!
posted by jlub at 6:52 PM on August 10, 2006

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