0.8.0 – The Level Editor & Steam Workshop are Live!

FELLOW HUMANS. The time has come. We must now use our creative minds to construct arena challenges!

Now YOU can make levels!

Clone Drone Editor
Drag stuff around!

Dragging Items Around

Make objects really big or small, or rotate them all upside-down-like.

Place, rotate, scale in the level editor

Click Play, and test your level! You’ll have to beat it before publishing to the Workshop!

Playtest Levels in the Level Editor

Configure your arena traps for maximum fun.

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And now you can make challenges, and upload them to the Steam Workshop!

Upload Your Challenge

Configure Challenge Upgrades
And when you’re playing the game, you can now choose from a cornucopia of fun challenges and levels on the Steam Workshop!

Subscribe to a challenge and… VOILA!

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And any Endless levels you subscribe to will show up while you’re playing Endless mode. Configure that with this handy new Settings dropdown:

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Also… a new thing!

What’s this? It’s a moving platform! Put some in your level!!

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More improvements & guides coming!

We’re really excited to see what you make! We’re preparing more updates to the level editor, and plan on putting together tutorials and making it easier to get started with. We think it’s gonna be… awesome!

In the mean time, check out this awesome How to Use the Level Editor guide by Captain Thore!

FAQ

I’m playing the itch.io version (or Steam can’t connect), can I still use the editor?

Yes! You can build levels and challenges, but can’t publish them (or download items from the Workshop) unless you have Steam running!

How do you move stuff around?

Use the tools at the top of the screen. There are two moving tools, one that lets you drag it magically around, and another that lets you drag it along its X / Y / Z axes.

How do I delete levels, folders, objects in the game?

Select the thing you want to delete, and press the Delete key on your keyboard!

Can I place as many enemies as I want?

You can place up to 20 enemies. In most levels we’ve made, we try to keep it below 15. With more than 20 enemies the game gets laggy!

I found a bug, what shall I do with it?

Send it along to bugs@doborog.com! We’ll be working on improving the level over the next few weeks!

The Level Editor is coming!

Hey human, do YOU have a cool idea for a level?
A Maze? Sawblades and lava? The Crazy Duck Challenge??

Soon YOU can make it, and share it with other humans!

We’re hard at working making an ass-kicking Level Editor, that makes it easy and fun to put together Clone Drone levels.

Some highlights include:

  • Steam Workshop Integration – Easily find, rate and upload levels!
  • Make Challenges – Why make one level, when you can make several and put them together into an awesome Challenge? Choose what upgrades the player starts with and what is restricted!
  • Choose your enemies – Test your skills against any combination of enemies you can imagine!

The first version of the Level Editor launches on May 5th!
We look forward to seeing what you do with it!

0.7.2 – Pretty photos! And a teeny bug-fix update.

First things first. We’ve put a teeny tiny fix update (0.7.2)! This update:

  • Makes Photo Mode Music toggle on and off perfectly! It now makes us giggle every time we toggle it.
  • Fixes a crash some people have seen when performing said toggling.
  • Adds two things you Big-time Twitch Streamers out there: emote vocalizations for certain Twitch streamers’ subscribers, and a new note about enabling slow mode to avoid being throttled.

Some Awesome Photo Mode Photos!

Humans, your creativity amazes us!! In the 3 days since we released Photo Mode, we have been blown away by the awesome shots our wonderful community members have taken.

Let’s look at some of them! See more on Steam Community Screenshots, the Itch Forums, and the Discord chat!

From the Steam Community Screenshots:

The #RoboSelfie (thanks NoScope!)

The #RoboSelfie (by noscope)

Spidertron Deconstructed (thanks Dr. Greenman The Mad Scientist!)

Spidertron Deconstructed by Dr. Greenman The Mad Scientist

A very nature-photography-style photo. Note the player killing it in the background. (thanks ShAzZ!)

nature-lava-swim by ShAzZ

 

From the Community Discord:

What happened here? DEATH! (thanks Dope Arcane!)

Bow Madness by Dope Arcane

Spidertron… where’d your eyes go? (thanks VattHammer!)

Spidertron with No Eyes

Mid-air-duck-strike (thanks iosephusalbert!)

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Off you go! (thanks Teewoo!)

Off You Go! teewoo

 

From the Itch.io Forums

A cinematic jump (thanks mincpower!)

Epic Jump by mincpower

There are so many more awesome ones we wanted to include, but alas blog posts can only be so long (I’m impressed you’re still reading)!

Check out the rest of the awesome Photo Mode screenshots, and make & post your own so we can see them too!

0.7.0 – Kick Only Challenge + Photo Mode!

Human, there is a new update! If you have the game already, update now and give it a shot! If not, get it on Steam or Itch now!

Introducing…

Kick Bots! They kick… other bots!

The deceptively adorable kick bots run around kicking you into other enemies’ swords, lava, and jump pads… that lead to more lava.

Kick Bot

While they may appear at first glance too under-equipped to cause real harm, after a couple of kick-dips in the lava you may start to approach them more carefully.

And you will encounter these deadly bots in…

The Kick Only Challenge – Look ma, no hands!

Using only your powerful feet, kick your way through 10 levels filled with spikes, fire jets, conveyor belts, lava and sawblades that will make quick work of your enemies (… or you).

Kick Only Challenge

You look so happy with both hands free!

And beating this challenge will unlock…

Power Kicks – Kick enemies into each other!

Just in time for bot-kicking season, the power kick upgrade both increases the intensity of your kick AND makes it knock back other enemies. And them, in turn, other enemies… I think you see where we’re going with this. Line up a few robots and let them show you their best three stooges impression!

Power Kick

And you can capture your own THIS IS SPARTAAA moment using…

Photo Mode: Take beautiful pictures of your trail of carnage!

Inspired by the wonderful YouTuber MattShea (who knows a thing or two about videogame photography!), photo mode lets you pause the game’s action at any moment, pan around freely, and frame the perfect shot.

Photo Mode Selfie
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Once you’ve got your shot lined up, you can take a screenshot (F12 if you are using Steam, see this guide if you’re using itch) and, hey, why not share your artistic creation with the world?!

We’d love to see your awesome photo-screenshots in:

Robo-tography Tips:

  1. Press Tab to freeze time and toggle photo mode on and off.
  2. Press ` (backtick) to wait for the next death to auto-trigger photo mode.
  3. Use your scrollwheel to control the depth-of-field. Experiment with how this affects your shot’s framing.
  4. When time is frozen, left clicking will step time forward.
  5. Think like a photographer: is the framing of the elements in the shot balanced? Can you include the characters’ faces to make it a more emotional photo? Can a viewer tell what is happening when they first look at this shot?

And EVEN. MORE. OTHER. STUFF.

In addition to those bigger things, we’ve continued improving the game’s stability (& check out our new troubleshooting guides), and made a few handy tweaks:

Flame Breath: Overhauled to be more useful!

Fire Breath in Photo Mode

While flame breath used to require a full 4-bars of energy to use, it now only requires 1 bar, and lets you stop breathing fire at any time without losing more energy. More control — more POWER!!

Twitch Spawn Settings – Min difficulty tier for each enemy.

Twitch audiences aren’t always all !clones and Encouragement Cube!s. Now you can avoid getting crushed on level 1 bronze by hammer3s, spidertron6000s and jetpack2s, with these handy dandy new settings:

Twitch Spawn Settings

And speaking of feature description transitions…

NOW YOU CAN KICK SPIDER-TRONS!!!!!!

Kicking Spidertrons

Watch out for the spider bombs!

Have fun, and let us know what you think!! And share your amazing photo mode screenshots with everyone!

This Friday: Get ready to kick some shiny robot butts!

The first update since the Steam launch is small, but nice, like a partially damaged robot foot!

Here are some cool new features to look forward to:

  • The Kick Only Challenge!
  • Photo Mode: Take beautiful pictures of your robot carnage!
  • Flame Breath: Overhauled to be more useful!
  • Kick Bots!
  • Power Kicks – Kick enemies into eachother!
  • Twitch Spawn Settings – Min difficulty tier for each enemy.
  • YOU CAN KICK SPIDER-TRONS!!!!!!

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Yeeeeaaahh!!! The update goes live this Friday, March 31:st.

0.6.0 – Where there’s Steam… THERE IS FIRE!

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WE ARE LIVE ON STEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

We are super excited to be there!
http://store.steampowered.com/app/597170

Did you buy the game on itch.io?

Don’t email us about it! 😀
Go read this guide for how to get your Steam key:

https://itch.io/t/67604/how-to-get-a-steam-key-from-your-itchio-purchase-wont-install-until-316

What’s new in Update 0.6??

With that out of the way, Update 0.6 is here!
There are two major new features: Challenges and Fire!

Challenges

Challenges is a new game mode that presents you with difficult tasks.
If you complete them you are given an awesome Trophy, a Steam Achievement and sometimes New Upgrades!

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The Inferno Challenge

10 very difficult levels introducing the Mark 4 fire enemies, fire traps and lava!!!
Expect to be set on fire and die repeatedly. 🙂

Unlocks: Flame Breath!!!

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The Random Upgrade Challenge

It’s Upgrade Bot’s construction day! 🎉 🎂  🎉
Celebrate by letting it choose your upgrades!
A nice trophy, and the happiness of Upgrade Bot is your only reward. <3

Bow / Hammer Only Challenges

Inspired by REAL HUMANS on youtube, these challenges restrict your arsenal to a single weapon.

What’s your reward for completing them? FIRE UPGRADES!!! >:D

Jetpack: NERFED! and also UNNERFED!

Two major changes happened to the jetpack:

  • Nerf: The hammer now swings normally even when jetpacking. You can thank MattShea for highlighting the extreme OPness of the previous version.
  • Un-nerf: The jetpack now stops moving the second you let go of the key. This turns out to be very powerful, enabling you to dart forward in short bursts that you can time with your swings!!!

In the right hands this change could be even more deadly than the new fire upgrades!

Endless Mode has a bunch of new levels!

Harvested from the Inferno Challenge, Endless Mode now has many things that are ON FIRE!

FAQ

Hey so I bought the game on itch…

Read this guide!!!

How do you use Fire Breath?

Get the upgrade, then press F to activate it!
We forgot to make a tutorial. 😛

What do I do now???

  • Go play the Update! 😀
  • Write a Steam review!
  • Tell all your friends to get the game!

Thanks everyone for your love and support throughout this amazing journey.
We have many more updates in store for you.

Steam Launch arrives March 16th – WITH FIRE!!!!

Steam Early Access arrives on March 16th!!!!

Great news, human!
Clone Drone in the Danger Zone will launch on Steam Early Access on March 16th.

FAQ: How much will it cost?

The launch price will be $15.

FAQ: If I already bought it on itch, do I get a free Steam key??

Yes! When it becomes available on Steam we will give everyone who already bought it a free key.

FAQ: Will you continue to sell it on Itch?

Yes! Itch is an awesome platform and we’ll continue to release updates there.
It’s possible we’ll add fancy features that only work on Steam (like achievements), but if you don’t care about that you can continue to play on itch.

FAQ: Why Early Access? When will the game be finished?

We’re launching the game into Early Access to communicate the following:

We’re going to update this game a lot!

We could focus on quickly wrapping up Story Mode since it’s the most obviously non-finished thing, but that doesn’t necessarily add the most fun new gameplay each update. The story will continue, but mixed in with other things!

Over the coming months, expect to see a lot of updates adding new Enemies, Abilities, Story Chapters, Twitch Weirdness, Levels, Game Modes and more!

New Update – IT’S ON FIRE!

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What is better than cutting up robots? ALSO SETTING THEM ON FIRE!!!
Fire spreads quickly between voxels, increasing the chance that a glancing blow will turn fatal!

The fire update launches with the Steam Release.

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New Game Mode: Challenges

We’re launching an exciting new Game Mode with this update!
Challenges provide interesting sets of levels with a clear objective attached!

  • The Inferno Challenge will provide 10 new levels that will set you and your enemies ON FIRE!
  • Endless Weapon Challenges – We’ve already seen great YouTubers do it. Now the game adds official support for tackling Endless Mode with many upgrades (sword included) disabled.
  • Unlock Abilities – Defeating some challenges will add powerful new abilities to the Upgrade Tree!
  • A fresh way to deliver new levels – We’ve been adding more Endless Levels ever since we launched that game mode! With Challenges, you’ll no longer need to grind through Endless levels to discover sweet new levels to try each update. (Well, you still can if you want—they’ll be added there, too!)

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Stay informed!

We still have a ton of stuff to build for the update! Follow the progress:

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0.5.2 – New Endless Levels + Twitch Settings!

Hello humans!

The green light shines on us all!

Did you see that WE ARE NOW GREENLIT?!

It took 4 days. Thank you so much to everyone who voted! 😀
The next big update will be launching on Steam as well as itch.io!

The hammer bots come to Endless Mode!

There is a new version available to download from itch.io!

It adds the hammer bots to the existing Endless Levels (they didn’t make it into the first release) and adds 5 new unique level layouts.

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Twitch Settings

Are you tired of getting ganged up on by Mark 3 Hammer Bots on the first level of the game?
Do you wish your audience could spawn more than one enemy per level?

These questions, unique to Twitch Mode, now have an answer!

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Adjust how many enemies can be spawned in this attractive piece of UI.

Brian Jordan joins the Clone Drone team!

You may know him as the strange dude who uses sound effects on twitch, but he is also a sharp engineer and charismatic marketing man.

He just saved all the children of the world by making great things for Code.org!
Now he joins the Clone Drone team to help slam the Steam release out of the arena and into your hands.

This is what his face looked like moments before we harvested his mind and set fire to his body:
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0.5.0 – Steam Greenlight + Hammer + Story Mode!!!

Steam Greenlight is here!

Do you want Clone Drone in the Danger Zone in your Steam??
Vote for it now! 😀

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The Hammer is here!

The new update just launched with a bang on itch.io!
With a giant hammer, this update is sure to be a smash hit!

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The hammer offers a slow, powerful alternative to the sword.
Smash right through their blocks and shatter their robot bodies all over the battlefield.

Hammer Bots!

You think you’re the only one who gets a hammer??
The Hammer Bots have come to CRUSH YOU!!!! >:D

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Chapter 2 – The Story continues!

Experience the entirely new chapter 2 of the Story with a freshly dispensed human mind.
10 new levels present unique challenges, as well as a glimpse of what is happening IN SPACE!

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The Team is growing!

This game may have started as a solo project, but this update had all kinds of talented people helping out!

Almighty Nubs made some awesome fan art a while back and whipped up a hammer model as soon as he heard of the concept! The hammer and hammer bot models are all Nubs.
No longer fan art, it is now canon! 😀

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Matt Olick also returns with some awesome Environment Art, Space Stations and other things I won’t mention to spoil story mode for you!

Brian Jordan has been an enthusiastic Twitch Streamer, and used his considerable Engineering talents this update to improve the usability of the Twitch Mode Commands.

Call to action!

Discarded Game Names

Erik   January 28, 2017   No Comments on Discarded Game Names

Clone Drone in the Danger Zone is a pretty good name, but what other names were in the running???

Some personal favorites that for a variety of reasons were not picked:

    • Maimframe
    • Into Bits
    • Severed Souls
    • Adrenaline Sword Machine
    • Metal Skin: Human Within
    • Hard times in Motherboard City
    • The Radiator Gladiator

For your dubious pleasure, here are all the other terrible names that came up during brainstorming! 😀

Free Brainstorming:

  • Edge of Extinction
  • Robot Edge
  • Roboblade
  • The Human Edge
  • Edge of Humanity
  • Mechanical Edge
  • Metal Edge
  • Metal Heart
  • Flying Metal
  • Metal will fly!
  • The Last Cut
  • Dismembered Soul
  • Dis-metal
  • Dis-Gust
  • Sundering Edge
  • Metal Claws
  • Tear us apart
  • Tears of humanity
  • Parting Words
  • Parting Worlds
  • Metal Pieces Flying Through the Air
  • The Glimmer
  • Cut that robot!
  • Motherboard Fraggers
  • Human Heart
  • Heart breaks a part
  • Break a Part
  • Metal Swing
  • Swinging Metal
  • Sever Us
  • Severed Souls
  • Severed Hearts
  • Severed Metal
  • Behead
  • Beachhead
  • Bitheads
  • Machine Sword
  • Swashing Machine
  • Severed Psyche
  • The Man in the Machine
  • Ghost Blade
  • The Human Within
  • The Edge Within
  • Mortal Metal
  • Anima Blades
  • Under my skin
  • Inner Blade
  • Operation Metal Storm
  • Metal Storm
  • Robolimbs
  • Robotic
  • Robo-stick
  • Fall of the Robots
  • Robots must die
  • Humans must die
  • Spider-tron 5000 must die
  • Dislimbo
  • Under strange stars
  • Severing Grounds
  • The Human Games
  • Enemy Lines in the Sand
  • Vanguard Blade
  • Enemy Blade
  • In the mind of the enemy
  • Beachhead
  • Space Robots with Swords
  • The fall of Space Robots
  • Cut of your motherboarding head
  • I will cut off your head!
  • Off with their heads!
  • Offheads!
  • Limb from Limb
  • The Entertainment
  • Severed Limbs
  • The Cutting Game
  • Theater of War
  • Tearing you apart
  • The death of Emperor 5.0
  • Dismembered Defiance
  • You shall not pass!
  • None shall pass!
  • Just a flesh wound
  • Tis but a scratch
  • No flesh, no wound
  • Immortal Blade
  • Metal Sand
  • Inertia
  • Inearthia
  • Severoboto
  • Severobot
  • Severo
  • Severbot
  • Sindrone
  • DestructoBots
  • Herman Caine as a Hurricane
  • Autotraumatic
  • Robo Warrior
  • Limbfall
  • Falling Limbs
  • Hard times in Motherboard City
  • Maimframe
  • Space robot arena
  • Robot Masters
  • Bow before your robot masters
  • Bow down human!
  • We do not bend
  • Those who do not bend

Things that rhyme

  • Clone Drone in the Danger Zone
  • Hobo Robo
  • Great Scott! Robot!
  • Robot Sword Horde
  • Fade of the Blade
  • Blade Cascade
  • Blade Crusade
  • Defiant Alliance
  • No Compliance – Defiance Alliance, it’s Science!
  • Rebel Robot Rabble
  • Rising Slicing and Dicing
  • Servo Pervo
  • Torn asunder by a robot blunder
  • Robo-blender bender
  • Robot Blade Escapade
  • Escape from the Robo Rabble
  • Invasion Situation
  • Invasion Nation
  • Feel the Steel
  • Killed by Steel, No Appeal
  • Claws, Saws and quick Draws
  • Row bow toe hoe
  • Swing Bing Sting
  • Decapitation Nation
  • The Radiator Gladiator
  • The Teen in the Machine
  • Knight Robot Fight
  • You must defeat the rust
  • Few refuse to fuse with refuse
  • Brain Drain Main Frame: The Entertaining Robot Game
  • Metal Skin: Human Within
  • Metal Bones: All Alones
  • Human Within
  • Amputate Robot Hate
  • Chop off the Top of a Robop
  • Cogs and Dogs
  • Hot Dog Little Cog: Time to eat
  • Robot Kicks and Shiny Sticks
  • Robots with Sticks: Badass Kicks!
  • Artificial Life: Giant Knife (it’s a sword)
  • Swords vs Motherboards
  • Chairman of the Sword
  • Cleaver Beaver
  • Made by the Blade

Using Rhyming Dictionary:

  • Cannot kill Robot
  • Jumpshot Robot
  • Robot Onslaught
  • Robot weak spot
  • Robot and whatnot
  • Nono Robo
  • GotoRobo
  • Have you seen the Sword Machine?
  • Between the Machine
  • Fifteen Machine
  • Obscene Machine
  • Adrenaline Sword Machine
  • Wolverine Machine Dream
  • Regression towards the mean machine
  • Obscenely Mean Machines
  • Mean Machines
  • Motherboard and Sword
  • Sword of the Motherboard
  • Sword Lord: Tale of the motherboard
  • Sword Lord Scoreboard
  • Motherboard Smoragsboard
  • MotherSword
  • Floored by the Sword Lord
  • Cored Sword
  • Minds Stored with Sword
  • Smite Fight
  • Robot Fight Delight
  • Mooonlight Sword Fight
  • Robo Fight Acolyte
  • Gigabyte Robot Fight
  • Out of sight Robot Fight
  • Ultraviolent Robot Fight

Dirty Rhymes (if you are 10 years old DON’T READ THESE!!!):

  • Eat shit, robot bit
  • Tough Tits, Robot Bits
  • Hunt for the robot Cunt
  • Robot Dicks with Shiny Sticks
  • Bithead shithead
  • Severed bithead shithead

Alliterations:

  • Automaton Anarchy
  • Beheading Blade
  • Beachhead Battleground
  • Blade Bots
  • Brain Blade
  • Broken Blade
  • Computer Clones
  • Consciousness Captured
  • Cut of the Clone
  • Clone Conflict
  • Clogged Cogs
  • Demonstrative Demolition
  • Defiant Defenders
  • Defiant Drone
  • Dead Defiant
  • Death by Dismemberment
  • Dismembered Device
  • Distant Defiance
  • Edge of Enemy Lines
  • Electric Edge
  • Enemy Entity
  • Falling Frontier
  • Far From Flesh
  • Forged Flesh Fiends
  • Front Line Flesh
  • Hidden Humans
  • Humanity’s Hope
  • Human Heads
  • Inner Impact
  • Losing Limbs
  • Little Lost Limb
  • Lethal Limb Loss
  • Limb from Limb
  • Machine Massacre
  • Mass Massacre Machine
  • Mammal Massacre
  • Maim the Machine
  • Maim the Mainframe
  • Metal Machine Mayhem
  • Mortal Machines
  • Mortals in Machines
  • Mutilated Machines
  • Robot Romp Revolution
  • Robot Rebellion
  • Rebels in Robots
  • Rebel Robot Rises
  • Rebel Robot Roar
  • Rebel Robots: Hidden Humans
  • Resist the Robots
  • Roaring Robots
  • Severed Souls (is a book by Terry Goodkind! 🙁 )
  • Swing to Sever
  • Sever Strike
  • Severing Strike
  • Sinister Souls
  • Sinister Space Robots
  • Sinister Space Servos
  • Sword Strikers
  • Suddenly Severed
  • Stranded Souls
  • Terra’s Tears
  • Warriors Within

Bending words out of shape:

  • Maimframe
  • Bld
  • Blader
  • Roblade
  • Severance
  • Meatal
  • Meat all
  • This Member
  • Decaptain
  • Robeat
  • Decapitato
  • Maimalade
  • Muti Nation
  • Into Bits
  • Bits
  • Gigablade
  • Autodecapitation
  • Dismembrane
  • Ampufate
  • A Part
  • Bladiator
  • Swordiator
  • Robiator
  • Machinator
  • Gladiatron
  • Cutinator
  • Strikyntors
  • Arobotena

And there you have it. As you can see we looked at all other possible combinations of words before settling on Clone Drone in the Danger Zone!

Did we make a mistake?? Should another name have won?
Let us know in the comments!