If you’ve ever wanted to drive a robot tank around a real-life scale model of Chernobyl… well, that’s an odd ambition, but Isotopium Chernobyl is the game for you, friend.
What’s really cool about this browser based title from Remote Games is that it’s all actually real. The robot tanks you drive around are real machines with cameras on their noggins so that you can poke around a 210 square meter model of Chernobyl.
The game’s website reads:
Chernobyl… the most desolate and mysterious place on earth. You have to manage the real Avacar in real time from your computer. Your task is to help humanity to collect special energy in the closed Chernobyl zone. You have to solve riddles, compete with other players and fight for survival.
While this is a browser based game, you do first have to sign up. Once you’ve done that, you need to collect isotopes to power your robot buddy, Unfortunately, PC Gamer notes that these isotopes aren’t too easy to come by in-game, with the clear implication being that Remote Games would like you to spend actual money.
Sure enough, there’s a store on the game’s website where you can grab more energy in exchange for your hard earned cash. Given that the rest of the game is technically free to play, it’s up to you to decide whether or not you want to throw some cash at them for isotopes.
Personally, I don’t have a problem with it. Isotopium Chernobyl is a seriously neat idea, and it’s clear Remote Games put a ton of work into it. They even went so far as to use special equipment to simulate wind and smoke.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.