Most mech games of late feature grimy metallic monstrosities in dystopian worlds, taking their cue from the harsh sci-fi landscapes of Battletech. Virtual On: Oratorio Tangram, however, recalls a simpler time, when brightly colored giant robots with huge Sega Dreamcasts on their backs cheerfully blasted one another to smithereens in pristine environments. Don't let the bright visuals and upbeat music fool you into thinking this is a simple game, though. On the contrary, its gameplay is complex and esoteric, and the game does little to help newcomers get acclimated to its nuances. If you're willing to dedicate the time to it, though, you'll find that this mech combat game's deep, fast-paced action can be immensely rewarding.
* Exciting, fast-paced tactical one-on-one combat
* Great competition available online
* Colorful, inviting graphics
* Good variety of mechs to choose from
* Daunting complexity makes learning the ropes very difficult
* $15 price point is a bit much