Robotics;Notes (ロボティクス・ノーツ, ロボノ) is the third main entry in the Science Adventure Series. It originally released for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 in 2012. Described as an "Augmented Science Adventure", Robotics;Notes features robotics and augmented reality as its main themes. The gameplay revolves around the use of a mobile phone/tablet hybrid called the "PhoneDroid" (also known as the "PokeCom").
Unlike its predecessors Chaos;Head and Steins;Gate, Robotics;Notes uses 3D models for its characters rather than sprites. This allows characters to fluidly shift between poses via animation while engaging in conversations with the protagonist.
In 2014, an improved version of the game titled Robotics;Notes Elite was released for PlayStation Vita. It featured a revised script, animated cutscenes, and improved character models. This version was later ported to the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in 2019. An English localization of Robotics;Notes Elite is currently in development, and is slated to release in October 2020 for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam.
Robotics;Notes DaSH, the sequel to Robotics;Notes Elite, released in Japan for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on January 31, 2019. Its English localization is planned for release in October 2020.
Plot overview[edit | edit source]
Thanks to the rising popularity of the PhoneDroid—a device which features augmented reality (A.R.)—the age of advanced technology has finally reached Tanegashima. On that island, Central Tanegashima High’s Robot Research Club is about to have their club disbanded. Despite their predicament, Kaito Yashio, one of only two members in the Robot Club, couldn’t care less and would rather play a robot fighting game all day. His counterpart, the reckless club leader Akiho Senomiya, ignores Kaito’s apathy as she strives to keep the club from being disbanded by completing their giant robot.
One day, Kaito discovers a mysterious A.R. annotation titled “Kimijima Report.” It contains instructions involving locations all across the island—and warns of a conspiracy involving the entire world.
Relation to Steins;Gate[edit | edit source]
Robotics;Notes takes place in the same universe as the rest of the entries in the Science Adventure Series, and occurs several years after Steins;Gate, the previous entry in the series.
Throughout the game, the player can find several connections to both Steins;Gate and Chaos;Head, ranging from mere references to entire characters (such as Nae Tennouji and Itaru Hashida) making appearances, mainly through the in-universe Twitter-like application known as "Twipo."
Robotics;Notes and Steins;Gate share a common overarching antagonist group, the Committee of 300.
In Robotics;Notes DaSH, Itaru Hashida from Steins;Gate is featured as one of the main characters.