Robot Rodeo

Robot Rodeo is a puzzle game played on a 5x5 grid with six markers: five robots and a cow. A marker is moved by swiping it vertically or horizontally. The goal is to move the cow onto the center square without losing any markers off the edge of the grid.

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How To Play

board picture1. Robot Rodeo is a puzzle game played on a 5x5 grid with six markers: five robots and a cow. The goal is to move the cow onto the center square.

2. To move a marker, touch it and then swipe vertically or horizontally. The marker will move in a straight line in the direction swiped.

Animation of moving marker

3. Once moving, a marker only stops when it runs into another marker or walks off the board. If it walks off the board the game is lost and you have to start over.

animation of lost board
picture of won board

4. A correct solution involves a sequence of moves that end with the cow in the center.


Q: How long does it take to play a game?
A: 30 seconds or less for Easy boards. As you advance, the most difficult boards can take 30 minutes or more.

Q: What does the single letter (like "E") indicate after the board number.
A: It's a difficulty indicator. E is easy, M is moderate, H is hard, and D is difficult. It provides a rough estimate of how difficult the board is to solve.

Q: Can I view help while in the middle of playing a board?
A: Yes. When you leave the help pages the game will resume where you left it.

Q: Is the game timer supposed to keep running while I'm looking at the help pages?
A: Yes, once you've started a board the timer runs until you solve it.

Q: Why does the "Show Replay" button disappear when I make a move?
A: To prevent the replay animation from disturbing a puzzle in process.

Q: Why is the Undo button disabled when I lose a game?
A: The intent of the Undo button is to allow you to correct accidental errors such as swiping the wrong direction. It also lets you back up when you realize you've reached a dead end.

Q: If I improve my time on a board I've previously won it doesn't seem to be saved.
A: Yes. Only a solution with fewer moves will update the board record. A player could improve their time through simply repetition, which isn't much of a measure of puzzle solving ability. Reducing the number of moves in a solution is a true improvement, so that's what is recorded.

Q: What's the difference between the two input modes?
A: The default input mode is "swipe" where a marker is moved with a swipe gesture. This is probably best for most users. Alternately, from the menu one can switch to "tap" mode. In this mode, when a marker is touched, direction arrows will appear to indicate allowed direction of movement. Touching a direction arrow moves the marker in the specified direction.

Known Issues

  1. No landscape orientation, only portrait.
  2. User Interface layout best viewed on phones, may not appear properly on other form factors.
  3. The help videos in the app may not appear if the device is under heavy processor load.


Wish List

1. Add a 'Reveal Solution' feature that shows a replay of a winning sequence of moves. Allow reveal multiple times. Allow to manually play after seeing solution. A score can't be earned on revealed boards: "Revealed" will appear in status bar.



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