With the release of their new mobile app, you can now take Mr. Robot anywhere you want. The app is available for $1.99 on the iTunes store and the Android Marketplace.
Read on for a quick overview and my thoughts on the app.
Just to clarify, I have an iPhone 4 and an Asus Eee Pad Transformer. That means I have both versions of it: One for my phone and one for my tablet. There are a few demonstration shots you can find on their app pages. When you get it, you'll be taken to a screen where you can either load up your character from the armory or create a class of your choice and load up gear. Once your characters have been loaded, they can be saved and referenced later on.
The main screen shows the current gear that you have equipped on your character. There's buttons that will link you to lists of items for that slot and where your current equipped item ranks. If you want to see what pieces are your best, there is a button for that in the top corner. That area also shows you how optimal your current setup is.
For the players who want to fine tune the stat weightings, you can certainly customize them and adjust how you want the weights to be set and even impose a maximum cap on a particular stat.
Want to see what else is available for a slot? You can tap the list function and it shows what's available for that slot. It'll even tell you where it drops from including the boss you need to take down or whether or not it is a crafted item. If you like, you can simulate having an item equipped in order to see what effect it has on the rest of your character.
Tapping into an item brings you full information on it including how you have it reforged, gemmed and enchanted at present. Hitting the optimized button shows you the best augments you can get on it. And yes, Ask Mr. Robot does take your set pieces under consideration.
I found the app itself fairly intuitive to use. It took a bit of playing around with to get an understanding of where all the different settings and features were. There are many options and filters to use that the combinations are nearly endless. If you have ready access to a computer and an internet connection, you probably won't need the app. But if you're always out and about on public transit, you can play with it to help pass the time. Bored in class? Do a bit of theorycrafting while you wait for the lecture to get to the really good part. If you're a player who doesn't have the luxury of a secondary monitor, you can grab the app for the sake of convenience and have your information and lists in front of you without having to switch to your browser constantly.
If you want to see it in action before committing to a purchase, I made a video going over the app on my tablet.
Even though the price is $1.99, the service is free of charge just by heading over to the Ask Mr. Robot site. So if you don't feel like sacrificing a coffee, the site is always there.
However, if there is one thing Ask Mr. Robot can't do, its the fact that it cannot optimize pizza toppings down to the meat to cheese ratio.