Summary: Side-scrollers, while they still exist, have mostly become indie fare recently while larger companies focus on different genres. Enter Rochard , a side-scrolling physics platformer/puzzler that combines a slightly twisted sense of humor with some genuinely entertaining gameplay, both of which help...
Excerpt: It’s kind of nice to play as an amicable dumb guy every once in a while. The Master Chiefs and Marcus Phoenixes are fine and dandy, but stepping into jiggly John Rochard’s unfashionable boots is something of a nice surprise.
Pros: The G-Lifter, Difficult and rewarding puzzles, Normal-guy Rochard
Cons: Shooting sections, Controls are hard to master, A few infuriating checkpoints
Environmental Puzzles Meet Simple Fun With A Gravity Gun
19 December 2011
Conclusion: Concept: A 2D platformer that mixes gravity control with environmental puzzles
Graphics: Rochard’s cartoony visuals don’t ooze personality, but they get the job done
Sound: The voice acting is solid and the clever mix of songs helps make up for its otherwise boring soundtrack
Excerpt: You have to like Rochard for its original hero and take on platformers. Rather than playing as a fuzzy mascot or retreading well-worn ideas, Rochard attempts to do something different and carve out a space for itself in the genre.
Excerpt: Rochard is one of the best surprise downloadable games of the year. It really came out nowhere on PSN with a relatively quiet launch, but is a very well-crafted game that will certainly please anyone who loves puzzle-platformers like Braid and games that make gravity its plaything like Half-Life.
Summary: Rochard ‘s six-plus hours flies by, with the puzzles doing a good job of masking a fairly linear design. The game isn’t terribly challenging, despite some frustrating enemy placement, but it is a lot of fun.
Summary: Rochard offers action, puzzles and some interesting mechanics in a fairly good package with a lot of gameplay for the price. If you are looking for around 10 hours of platforming with some puzzles and shooting, you will not go wrong here.