games over the last few years. They were an asset on the Playstation 2 simply because they could blur the lines between casual and hardcore players, much like Nintendo's Wii. Capitalising on the mixed age appeal of the quiz games, Sony diversified the gameshow genre to include minigame compilations under the Buzz! Junior heading. RoboJam on the PS3 is five carefully selected minigames from the PS2 release, RoboJam.
At this point, it's worth noting (just in case) that Buzz! Junior: RoboJam is indeed designed with children in mind. From the cute and cuddly robot designs to the irritating (but appealing to kids) Blue Peter style announcer, RoboJam is for kids.
You can play the game with either Wireless Buzzers (packaged in with Buzz! Quiz TV) or the DualShock 3. The latter doesn't work especially well we're afraid, opting to assign the obviously coloured buttons of the Buzzer to: R2, R1, Triangle and X. In fact, if you don't already have the Buzzers we recommend avoiding this.
Alas, playing through the game allows up to four kids to compete over a tournament of five different minigames: Whack-A-Mole, Nitro Racing, Pillow Fight, Spot The Difference and Avoid The Big Scary Crushing Thing. They're undeniably simple (that's kind of the point) but all equally tolerable for those below the age of double-digits.
Alas, Buzz! Junior: RoboJam does have some presentation issues. The graphics are washed out and the aspect ratio just looks, wrong. There's also the repetitive statements of the announcer to factor in and the fact that we couldn't find a way to just play one of the minigames (you have to play all five or nothing).
However, if you've got a Playstation 3, four Buzzers and tireless kids under the age of 10 to entertain, they'll get some playtime out of this. It's simple, it's easy and it's competitive. For £3.99 it's worth it, assuming you fit the aforementioned niche.