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With "Boink" and "Crab Legs" robots can move sideways. Can they push other robots then when not facing them?

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As you can see from page 6 of the rules:

Pushing Other Robots

When robots collide, one will push the other. Robots can be pushed anywhere on the board (or off the side!), even into a pit or onto a conveyor belt. A robot can’t be pushed through a wall, though, so the movement of a pushing robot will simply stop if the pushed robot runs into a wall. Robots can run into walls all day long without taking any damage from it, so they don’t accumulate Damage tokens this way.

You always push robots, unless a wall prevents them from moving. So there is no mention of direction. As long as they collide they are moved.

This also works recursively. If robot A pushes robot B and robot B collides with robot C, then robot C is moved too (as long as there is no wall preventing movement of either robot.

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  • That is not the relevant rule book.. The 2016 wording is: If a robot enters a space occupied by another robot, the robot in motion will push the robot in the direction the pushing robot is moving until it ends is move. Commented Feb 2, 2018 at 19:26
  • That still leads to the same conclusion. Commented Feb 2, 2018 at 20:15
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Robots always push when moving into other robots.

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