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Robot Wants is a series of Metroidvania games, developed by Hamumu Games, that follows a robot as he searches for important items through dangerous and very hostile futuristic environments.

Each game involves the robot utilizing various (and sometimes ridiculous) abilities and tools to access new parts of the environment, while also using an animal (including a cat and dog) to help in their adventure. All of the games also feature massive bosses, plenty of secrets and challenges for speedrunners. Due to the series' nature and scope, the games aren't nearly as long as other Hamumu games (or Metroidvania games in general). Nonetheless, the series is often considered a worthy addition to the Hamumu game roster, especially as part of the Hamumu Clubhouse revamp.


There are four original Flash games in the series:

A Compilation Re-release, Robot Wants It All, was released on April 4th, 2019. The compilation includes the original games, a "remixed" and "easy" version for each game, as well as:

  • Robot Wants Y, which was originally made as a banner game for the Jay is Games website (later removed from the site).
  • Robot Wants Justice, implied to be the Grand Finale of the series.


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  • Ambiguous Gender: All of the animals.
  • Attack Animal: In Puppy, Robot throws Kitty at enemies to attack them. In Ice Cream, Puppy can mount a turret to shoot at enemies.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Defeating the first boss of Puppy requires you to throw the cat through the opening in its force field. Obtuse Angler from Fishy can only be hit on its bulb. Drillbaby, from the same game, needs to be defeated by dropping bombs from the ceiling onto its core.
  • Backtracking: Most games in the series require you to do this to find the rest of the upgrades/collectibles required for 100% Completion.
  • Bag of Spilling: This is a Metroidvania series we're talking about, after all.
  • Cats Are Mean: Kitty hates Puppy, eats Fishy, and attacks Happy Ice Cream Planet just to get revenge on Robot.
  • Checkpoint: The Transmatter Computrons, which also restore Robot's shield/hearts/chasis.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Both the kitty (see Attack Animal) and puppy (see Non-Human Sidekick) from the first and second game respectively.
  • Chiptune: Chiptune music is used in all games except the original release of Y, which was silent.
  • Cores-and-Turrets Boss: PAL-1000 from Fishy, and the two security cores from Ice Cream.
  • Cruel Twist Ending / "Shaggy Dog" Story: Most of the sequels to Kitty. Y and Justice have no twists, although It All points out how obtaining the letter Y isn't exactly impressive.
    • Robot got Puppy! Kitty hates Puppy!
    • Robot got Fishy! Kitty loves Fishy.
    • Robot got ice cream! But he has no mouth.
  • Double Jump: Every game has this as an upgrade for Robot.
  • Downer Ending: Robot Wants Puppy (Kitty hates Puppy), Robot Wants Fishy (Kitty eats Fishy), and Robot Wants Ice Cream (Robot has no mouth with which to eat ice cream). Mind you, these endings are sad for the robot, but hilarious for anyone else.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Getting destroyed simply reforms Robot at his last checkpoint with a penalty applied to the ingame timer. Downplayed in It All, where dying a lot will result in a penalty to bonus Moneys received.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: In a nutshell, the robot wants whatever is mentioned in the title.
  • Final Boss: In Ice Cream, you fight Tom Stone at the end. In Justice, you fight Tronk (but mostly 2-Pei) at the end.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Whenever Robot can shoot "lasers", they're guaranteed to move rather slow.
  • Gratuitous German:
    • Das Boxen from Fishy. It's not even correct German, since "das" is a singular article, and the German for "box" is Kasten anyway.
    • It returns in Ice Cream as the Überboxen, even more incorrect since there's only one of them, albeit with cyborg enhancements. But that's probably the point...
  • Joke Item:
    • The Sekrit Item of Wonder in Puppy is hard to find, hard to collect, and gives you ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Except an achievement, and some Moneys in It All.
    • In Fishy, there is an item that can only be obtained after a big chain explosion, and it is literally nothing. A graphically represented "nothing" that you can collect, and does nothing whatsoever. "Sometimes an explosion is its own reward."
  • Justified Extra Lives: It's implied that the Transmatter Computrons, which serve as standard Checkpoints, rebuild Robot from scratch every time he dies.
  • Marathon Boss: Most bosses in Fishy, and Tom Stone/Kitty in Ice Cream.
  • Metroidvania: Each game is set up so that certain passages or destinations are only accessible after obtaining the right upgrades.
  • Nintendo Hard: Definitely. Luckily, getting hit or dying doesn't equal game over. It just adds more seconds to your completion time. In It All, dying a lot can bring down the amount of bonus gold you receive at the end of the map, but you can never have a negative amount of bonus gold.
  • No Antagonist: In the first three games and Y, as the enemies are either native life or machines with no real grudge against Robot. Ice Cream and Justice have proper antagonists, however.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: The kitty and the puppy serve as this in various games.
  • One-Hit Point Wonder: Zig-Zagged. Robot is this in the first two games, though Fishy, Y, and Justice have a shield powerup that absorbs one hit until a checkpoint is reached, and Ice Cream gives him three hearts to work with. It All lets you play any of the games with the Tank-Bot chassis, which can always survive one more hit than Robot's default chassis.
  • Power-Up: Actual powerups in question vary from game to game, though some of them are universal, like the double jump.
  • Punny Name:
    • Many of the bosses have wonderful/horrible pun names. Dungeon S. Crab, The Obtuse Angler, and Char-L07, just to name a few.
    • 50-Pei, 4-Pei, and you guessed it, 2-Pei in Justice.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Robot, Kitty, Puppy, Fishy, the Durpoids... that's not even counting the cute monsters.
  • Sequential Boss: Some bosses will grow new lifebars when you so much as put a dent in their armour, with their forms showing their armour gradually being destroyed. Notably, the Final Boss of Ice Cream has five forms.
  • Shout Out:
    • The boss names, such as the robotic spider "Char-L07", or the "PAL-1000", a boss whose mainframes you need to hack with the HaXXoR skill to expose the central core, which looks like HAL's red sensor.
    • One item in Fishy is called "Dolemite Infusion" and makes your bombs more powerful. "Dolemite" was a tough metal featured in Futurama as one component of Bender's robot body.
    • One area in Fishy is called Bat Cave. It's a big cave full of bats.
    • Probably it's just a concidence, but when Robot hacks a computer in Fishy, their happy screens look just like Jailbot's dot matrix screen/face.
    • The ability to make Puppy attack in Ice Cream is called "Atomic Robo-Puppy". There was an old arcade game called Atomic Robo-Kid.
  • Speed Run: Built around this. There are several achievements for beating the games under certain times.
  • Super Drowning Skills/Super Not-Drowning Skills: Before collecting the Rustproofing or Aqualung upgrade in Fishy or Y, you die on contact with any water whatsoever. After collecting it, you can stay in water as long as you want. Justified since Robot is mechanical.
  • Year X: Parodied. Puppy is set in 20XX, Fishy is set in "20XX and a couple of days", Ice Cream is set in "20XX and a week or two" (plus the ten-year nap Robot and Puppy have while travelling to Happy Ice Cream Planet), and Justice is set in 20XY. In It All, Robot Wants Data mentions that the one-eyed alien from Kitty was discovered in 20WR.
  • Your Size May Vary: Kitty becomes a lot smaller in Puppy and Ice Cream than they were in Kitty. The same thing happens to Puppy in Ice Cream and Justice. Fishy is also a lot larger in Fishy Wants Robot from It All than in Fishy.

    Robot Wants Kitty 
  • Bonus Boss: Slurg, Lord of Slime. Beating him gives you a powerup which highly increases your rate of fire.
  • Disc-One Nuke: As you already have the horizontal thrusters when you meet Slurg, Lord of Slime, it is quite easy to rocket past him, grab the power-up for your laser-gun, and finish him off in a few seconds.
  • King Mook: Slurg, Lord of Slime is this to the Squiddles (blue, one-eyed aliens). The iPhone version has boss monsters for the other two enemies as well.

    Robot Wants Puppy 
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: Dropping Stalacs on Blocko, the second boss, is the only way to decrease his health before his final form.
  • Attack Animal: Throwing Kitty onto aliens until they're scratched to death becomes your main form of attack in this game.
  • Excuse Plot: Parodied. The game opens describing an epic yet completely unrelated plot, ending with "Meanwhile, in a completely different galaxy, thousands of light years away, Robot wants puppy." (If you're patient, after a wide gap between paragraphs, the story backpedals to clarify a detail in the initial plot description.)
  • Fake-Out Opening: The uprising against Morgox the Unborn has nothing to do with the actual game.
  • Fetus Terrible: Morgox the Unborn, assuming his name isn't of the non-indicative variety.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Downplayed. Although you attack by throwing Kitty, it's not the act of Kitty hitting an enemy that harms them - it's Kitty going nuts and scratching them.
  • The Ghost: Morgox the Unborn.
  • Improvised Weapon: Since Robot isn't given any powerups that allow him to directly attack, his only form of offense is throwing Kitty at enemies.

    Robot Wants Fishy 

    Robot Wants Ice Cream 
  • Abnormal Ammo: By means of a secret upgrade which allows you to shoot bananas.
  • Asteroids Monster: The Nanoswarm is an Asteroids Boss.
  • Big Bad: Tom Stone. That is, Kitty in a mech.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Tom Stone (Kitty) may not have liked being hurled at enemies in Puppy and ejected into space at the start of the game.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Kitty. "This'll teach you to abandon me, Robot!"
  • Face–Heel Turn: Kitty somehow ended up conquering Happy Ice Cream Planet and terrorizing it with missiles and hostile robots.
  • Faceship: The Mekazoid spaceship is shaped like a cat head.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: While the Kitty was no slouch in Puppy, it largely undergoes a Humiliation Conga (being thrown by the Robot repeatedly into enemies and electrical fields, culminating in it being replaced by the Puppy once the Robot finds him). As a result, the character conducts a Great Offscreen War, taking over Ice Cream Planet and populating it with Mekazoids, a spaceship with plenty of defenses, and missiles raining down upon the surface.
  • Great Offscreen War: How do you think Happy Ice Cream Planet was overtaken?
  • Hope Spot: A single, solitary ice cream cone is placed a few feet in front of the Robot at the very beginning of the game... only to be cruelly blown apart by a strategically-placed missile moments afterwards.
  • Lethal Joke Item: The hidden BANANARANG!! upgrade replaces Robot and Puppy's bolts with bananas. Extremely bouncy bananas that do no less damage than regular bolts.
  • Necessary Drawback: The use of save stations has been greatly relaxed in the Compilation Re-release — while the original RWIC map made it so that you couldn't regenerate hitpoints (you had exactly three hits before you died), the re-release has it so that you can refill your hit points at any time simply by touching one of the stations... however, the drawback is that three seconds are added to the total time if you hit an enemy, while still factoring in the ten-second penalty if you die. As a result, the map is much harder for players trying to get the achievements for speedrunning, as they have to weigh the tradeoffs of getting hit versus completing the area as quickly as possible.
  • Schmuck Bait: Getting two of the upgrades on the undercarriage of the Mekazoid spaceship requires the Robot to fly directly into an exploding enemy, which will cost it a hitpoint. There is no way to avoid it, as even the Bananarang secret weapon doesn't have the angle possible to shoot down the enemy (in a one-pixel tunnel) before it explodes.
  • Sigil Spam: The letter K is imprinted on numerous bosses. As in, K for Kitty.
  • Walking Spoiler: You can't mention Kitty playing a non-trivial role in the game without noting that they took over Happy Ice Cream Planet.
  • Zerg Rush: Once the Nanoswarm breaks apart enough (and if the Robot hasn't fully upgraded its weaponry), it will attempt this, using dozens of smaller copies of itself.

    Robot Wants Y 
  • EMP: The EMP Bombs are a standard depiction, disabling electronics (pistons and acid cannons) temporarily... and destroying Robot if he's in range.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Every item in the game. That is, Crawly Bombs, Air Jump, Shield, Underminer, Actuator, Laser Blaster; Glidewings, Air Bombs, Mag-Lock, EMP Bombs, Plasma Bombs, Lateral Magnets, Aqualung, and YOU WIN!note .

    Robot Wants Justice 
  • Continuity Nod: You can find one of the computer terminals from Fishy in one of the caves on the surface of the planet, a short time before you fight 2-Pei.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Played for Laughs with the Horror Beyond Comprehension, which is just a screaming purple monster with one eye. It also looks quite cute when being knocked backwards, which doesn't help its case.
  • Flash of Pain: Robot starts flashing red when he takes a hit with the External Plating upgrade.
  • Grand Finale: This seems to be the final game in the series.
  • Ground Punch: The "Seismic Slam" upgrade allows for this.
  • Neutral No Longer: Robot decides to stop running about the galaxy for pets and does something about the Durpoid crisis.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: In form of Emperor Tronk, resembling a certain other toupee-wearing politician with low approval. The "View Game History" section in It All says this was not meant as political commentary or parody, but rather as a comparison.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The Horror Beyond Comprehension is not all that horrific.
  • Puppet King: It's implied that Emperor Tronk is taking orders from 2-Pei.
  • Shoryuken: One of Robot's attack upgrades, only it's just called "Uppercut".
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: Subverted with the Horror Beyond Comprehension, which is fully visible and frankly not that hard to comprehend (a purple blob with one eye and a mouth who roars constantly).
  • Zero-Effort Boss: The Horror Beyond Comprehension, whose only attack is roaring at you, which slightly pushes you back. Punching it in either direction will instantly propel it into the conveniently placed lava pit right behind it.

    Robot Wants It All 

Includes extra lore mentioned in the Robot Wants Data feature that is not made apparent in the games themselves.

  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: Unlocking the variants of each map (Remix or Classic) unlocks certain alternate skins for the Robot to use, like the Safetybot (orange-and-yellow). Downplayed in that some skins have actual gameplay effects.
  • As Himself: Somehow inverted in the credits. "As Himself" is played by Morgox the Unborn.
  • Double Unlock: The Shop menu is built around this. Playing any map results in enemies dropping Moneys and Moneys being rewarded upon completing the map, which can be spent on new features, alternate Robot costumes, and Mutators. However, not everything is immediately accessible - you'll need to purchase items to unlock more of them, making the Shop more akin to a Tech Tree.
  • Endless Game: Robot Wants Mayhem only ends when Robot dies.
  • Enemy Scan: Purchasing the Robot Wants Data bonus feature in the shop causes enemies to occasionally drop blueprints on death (or, in the case of Y, when being stunned). An enemy's description starts out obscured, and is gradually revealed as you collect more blueprints pertaining to that enemy.
  • The Ghost: Almost everyone named in Robot Wants Data aside from the scanned entities themselves.
  • Mini-Game: A few of them in the Bonus menu.
    • Fishy Wants Robot is a roguelike where Fishy traverses a randomly generated cavern to rescue Robot.
    • Robot Wants Mayhem is an endless arena mode where Robot destroys Mekazoids until they destroy him.
    • Robot Warps Quickly is a Gradius-esque sidescrolling shooter.
  • Perspective Flip: The Fishy Wants Robot bonus map places you in control of Fishy, who must rescue Robot in much the same way Robot rescued Fishy - except everything is underwater. It's non-canon, since Fishy dies at the end of Fishy, almost immediately after Robot finds them.
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: The Krobbs (crab-like enemies in Fishy) are presented as a Planet of Hats with this trait.
  • Redundancy Department of Redundancy: The Horror Beyond Comprehension is described as "a horror so horrifying that its horrific countenance cannot be described."
  • Samus Is a Girl: Fishy is described as female in Fishy Wants Robot.
  • Shout Out:
    • The Fishy Wants Robot sidestory uses items and designs from Pedro and the Pearls of Peril, a separate game also developed by Hamumu Software. These include the oysters (which now confer powerups instead of pearls) and the Ghost Angler boss, who appears once all of the Chrono Shards have been collected.
    • Dying in Robot Wants Mayhem results in a YOU DIED screen, complete with a soundalike of the Dark Souls death sound.
  • These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: Played for Laughs. The game insists you cannot possibly understand why there are deadly gray pistons everywhere in Y because "you are (I assume) a mere human."

Alternative Title(s): Robot Wants Series


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