Press release

27/07/2018

Insane Robots Brings the Robot Rebellion to World’s Most Popular Chat Client for Gamers

Revolutionary Multiplayer Card Battling Game Now Playable on Discord; Out Now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC

LONDON -- Jul 27, 2018 -- The robot rebellion is coming to Discord! Following a successful launch on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC, independent games studio, Playniac announced today that Insane Robots is now playable for free via Discord. For the first time ever, Playniac’s unique approach to the card battling genre is also playable via Discord, the world’s most popular chat client for gamers. Featuring a minimalist approach that works on both mobile and desktop clients of the Discord application -- and captures the spirit of the game’s mechanics, players can try their hand card battling… HACKED!

There’s no need to own Insane Robots to join the robot rebellion on Discord. Starting on Wednesday, August 1 next week, players can visit the official Discord server for Insane Robots to challenge other players and climb the leaderboards for a chance to win a free code for the full version of Insane Robots on their platform of choice each week.
 


“With Insane Robots, our goal was to create a card battling game with a laser focused battle deck and all the elements people hate about card battling games removed,” said Rob Davis Founder and Director at Playniac. “Bringing Insane Robots to Discord seemed like a natural extension and a great fit. As one of the most popular chat clients for gamers, we hope to see more games like Insane Robots playable on Discord.”

Initially created as a tabletop prototype with a pile of old business cards, the creators of Insane Robots at Playniac have pulled from both physical and digital design processes, creating a card battling game that captures what players love most about the genre, while removing the elements they hate: namely expensive card expansions, time-consuming customization, farming, and an ever-rising bar that excludes players who don’t purchase more cards. This laser focus freed Playniac to create the perfectly designed battle deck. With only 22 tokens, it is easy to learn and manage, yet full of unexpected turns and strategic depth.

Not to be confused with a collectible card game (CCG), Insane Robots is card battling… HACKED!
Insane Robots finds players leading a robot rebellion through randomly generated survival arenas. Full of fiendish card battles, it’s FTL meets Battle Royale in a card game. Overthrow the malevolent robot despot, The Kernel. Save robotkind in an epic 15+ hour single-player campaign full of peril and twists, as a decaying robot dystopia is revealed.

Master the battle deck and develop strategies in super-accessible multiplayer local and online, as well as single-player robotic skirmishes. Deploy HACKS and GLITCHES in the heat of battle and use your wits to terminate the competition. Battle with over 46 deliciously diverse robots in five hostile environments. Augment devious droids to grow more powerful and trade cutting, robotic insults with opponents along the way.

Key Features Include:

  • This is card battling HACKED with no costly expansions and time-consuming customization
  • Compete in intense local and online ranked 2P multiplayer battles
  • Experience the epic 15+ hour single-player campaign, overthrow the megalomaniacal Kernel and save robotkind
  • Unlock 46 robots and find over 100 augments to boost their abilities
  • Explore your tactical options to survive randomly generated survival arenas
  • Master the 22-token battle deck and define your own style of play
  • A compelling narrative with over 150 branching story events
  • Explore five types of hazardous environment from lush jungles to barren Moonscapes

Developed by Playniac, Insane Robots is rated 7 by PEGI.

Stay up to date with the latest Insane Robots news and information by visiting the official website. Take lead in the robot rebellion and contribute to the shared knowledge of fellow fans on the official Insane Robots wiki on Gamepedia. You can also follow the developers at Playniac on Facebook and Twitter. Please also join the Playniac server on Discord.

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Note to Editors

If you would like to play the Discord game ahead of the public roll out next week, please join the Playniac Discord Server and request beta access. Once you can access the game, head over to the #mini-battles channel on the server and enter !N to start a new game.

About Insane Robots

The core Insane Robots battle system was originally created in 15 minutes as a tabletop prototype using a pile of old business cards. This was only the start of a substantial physical and digital design process. The Playniac team has been playing and iterating the game since then, running tabletop sessions in their studio and at festivals worldwide during 2013-2014. Development of the digital game started in Jan 2015 and 15 people have worked on it including developer/designer Tom Kail (80 Days, Biome); artists Catherine Unger (Snipperclips, Detecive Grimoire, Haunt the House, The Swindle), Fran Court (Hue, Stealth Inc 2, Frozen Synapse 2, New Art Academy 3DS) and Belinda Leung (Total War, Pokemon Art Academy); illustrator Karen 'bitmOO' Teixeira (Twelve a Dozen, Oceans Heart); writers Yasmeen Khan (Fallen London) and James Wallis (The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Paranoia RPG); and designer/developer Rob Davis (International Racing Squirrels, Cat On Yer Head, Anomaly X). The game's soundtrack includes tracks by Noise 5000 and legendary French electro producer Kid Loco.

About Playniac

Playniac is an award-winning games studio making “thinky” games for all platforms. They’ve been described as “innovative” and “different” by MCV magazine and been a TIGA Awards finalist for Best Small Studio in 2016 and 2017. Their games include race-management sim International Racing Squirrels, globe-trotting crowd game Cat On Yer Head, and algebra puzzle adventure Anomaly X. They’ve won Silver and Bronze medals in the Serious Play Awards; finalist nominations at IndieCade, Develop, Game Connection, Casual Connect, TIGA Awards; and Official Selections (or similar) at IndieCade (3 times), IndieCade East (2 times), GameCity, Amaze, Leftfield Collection, Indie Megabooth and numerous other festivals. They’ve also made games for Channel 4, British Gas, Amplify Games, Nickelodeon, Dreamworks, and the BBC.

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