Robot Unicorn Attack
|Name(s):||Robot Unicorn Attack|
|Scope/Focus:||online video game|
|Date(s):||February 2010 - present|
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Robot Unicorn Attack (link) is an online video game produced by Spiritonin Media Games. It was released on the website Adult Swim on February 4, 2010 and quickly became one of the most popular games. In the following months merchandise and two "special editions" were released, Robot Unicorn Attack Heavy Metal and Robot Unicorn Attack Christmas Edition. In February 2012 a new version, "Robot Unicorn Attack Evolution", was released on Facebook.
The game is very simple: the player directs a robot unicorn, using the keys "Z" and "X", to jump and dash through obstacles (stars). The goal is to collect points by destroying fairies and stars and staying alive as long as possible while the game keeps getting faster. In "Robot Unicorn Attack Evolution" the unicorn turns into other creatures (a panda, a gorilla, and others) and players can win bonus abilities.
Despite its simplicity, the game is highly addictive. This may be partly due to the rainbows, the sparkles, and the music: the song "Always" by the 80s band Erasure (and "Battlefield" by Blind Guardian for the Heavy Metal version.)
The game's huge popularity immediately prompted a variety of fanart. Fans made robot unicorn figures  and created numerous crossovers and fusions, for example a My Little Pony fusion game that features Rainbow Dash in the role of the robot unicorn, Batman riding the robot unicorn,and many more. Numerous fanart show the robot unicorn as having (more) human features, and romantic fanart paired the robot unicorn with the dolphin  or with its evil counterpart.
Fanfic also exists, ranging from almost philosophical stories from the POV of the unicorn, exploring its motivations or its "imprisonment" by the programmers , to crack fusions,to romantic stories pairing the robot unicorn with the dolphin. Other stories explore what happens when various canon characters discover the game (usually they quickly get addicted.)
Several stories were written for Yuletide 2010, for which Robot Unicorn Attack was eligible.
Digital art example: Robot Unicorn Attack and Sushi Cat by D-NA
- Robot Unicorn Cerebral Attack by Buninou
My Eyes Are Open by Sparkyard
Until We Win: Robot Unicorn Attack by LordKat
- Clay Robot Unicorn by DragonsAndBeasties
Robot Unicorn plushie by VampireChicken
- Rainbow Dash Attack by anon
- Batman riding Robot Unicorn by rosewine
- Robot Sammy Attack by Fox4859, fusion with Supernatural
Double Rainbow Unicorn Attack by mini-sanada, fusion with Yu-Gi-Oh
- Robot Unicorn Attack by Edheloth
- Robot Unicorn Love Attack by CrimsonShine
- Robot Unicorn Love by dead-kittens3
- Robot Unicorn Attack Prequel by BiSnarkian
Star Burst by BridgetMcKennitt
- And In The Half Light We're Free by annemari
- Magnificent Starlight by gingasaur, crossover with SG-1
- Always, I Wanna Be With You by UnicornPower]
- Robot Unicorn Attack by Maximum Williams, crossover with Homestuck
Robot Unicorn Attack: Drabble Edition by chocolatexloverx16, crossover with Beyblade