There are two important things to know about robot fighting: it’s awesome, and it’s expensive. The latter tends to take away from the former, of course, but there are ways around it. You could glue wheels to a blender and proclaim it a battling machine, for instance. If your imagination is not that vivid and/or you’d rather not disrespect the sacred bond between human and household appliance, Gizmonauts can help.


From the people who brought you a little game called DragonVale, Gizmonauts is a game that pairs the seemingly unrelated concepts of battling robots and space station construction. Customization is the name of the game here, as players are able to upgrade the bots they amass with attachments, as well as create hybrid models by pairing two robots together. Sounds like robot love to me!

All of this action takes place in a vibrant, optimistic future, where robots happily roam the space station you assemble for them. I don’t see any humans in any of the screenshots, so there’s possibly a bleak backstory there, but I’m going to go ahead and assume they’re just living elsewhere. Everyone knows we’ll be living on the moon in five years, anyway.


If collecting awesome robots and engaging in battles in space sounds like you’re cup of tea, then clearly you have a pulse. The bad news is the game isn’t out anywhere besides Canada; the good news is a global release is likely soon. Until then, here’s a compilation of some great moments from that old Battlebots show.