Summary: Chilean independent studio ACE Team made a name for itself with Zeno Clash , an oddball game that continues to freak me out to this day. (Do not Google "Father-Mother." Don't.) These guys have garnered a reputation for producing unusual, stylish titles that aren't quite like anything else on the market. This trend continues with Rock of Ages , I'm happy to report.
Excerpt: What do Leonidas, Charlemagne, and Napoleon all have in common? Forget historical context - we squished all three of those suckers flatter than a Fruit Roll-Up with a giant boulder. We crushed Louis XIV with a herculean flaming rock - a fitting end for the Sun King - and trampled Leonardo da Vinci into a not-so-symmetrical version of the Vitruvian Man. Controlling our gargantuan rolling stone, we destroyed buildings, cows, catapults - everything in our path, really.
Pros: Crushing historical figures with a giant rock, Crude humor and fun charm, A decent variety of level design
Cons: Claustrophobic camera angles, Poorly executed tower defense mechanics, Falling off of levels repeatedly
Excerpt: , you just have to accept that you’re playing a game that magically combines racing elements with real-time strategy mechanics, and drops it all into a comedic historical setting with nods to historical figures like Cronos, Napolean, Vlad the Impaler, and zombie versions of Plato and Aristotle. That alone should intrigue you. Wackiness is nigh.
Excerpt: When you mention Atlus, you usually think of some quirky role-playing game or some project that reeks of “off the beaten path” quality, like Catherine. You wouldn’t really think of a Marble Madness-esque strategy game that dabbles in mythology. But that’s exactly what you get with Rock of Ages, a game that blissfully combines the elements of rolling destruction with strategic planning.
Excerpt: While it bears little resemblance to the fist-smashing, bird-bashing antics of first-person brawler Zeno Clash, Rock of Ages, ACE Team's latest, seems no less determined to be as weird as humanly possible. Put simply, it's tower defense meets Marble Madness with a healthy dash of Terry Gilliam-esque visual humor for good measure--a strange-yet-wholly-cohesive combination that comes together in one of the most charmingly bizarre downloadable games you'll play this season.