Posted: December 17
A puzzle-platformer based around gravity and throwing boxes around. It's a perfectly functional game, everything works well and I don't recall any glitches. Unfortunately, that's as far as I can praise it.
The puzzles start out very easy, and for the most part stay there. There are some interesting mechanics, but they're never taken far enough to actually be interesting. From beginning to end, you'll pretty much be solving the same few basic puzzles over and over again. The gravity swinging is the best part of the game, but again it never goes beyond very basic use.
Combat is a chore. Point at the enemies, hold the attack button. If you're feeling daring, throw a crate. It's very easy and serves no purpose other than to pad out the game.
Rochard, the titular character, is a space redneck working for a mining company. The game tries to present him as some heroic badass, but he's mostly just annoying. It doesn't help that he has a groupie/love interest following after him, singing his praises. The villain is a short German guy, and the vast majority of the enemies you'll be slaughtering throughout the game are flamboyant homosexual stereotypes.
I don't consider any of this a spoiler, since from his very first appearance it is blatantly obvious that the German guy will turn out to be evil.
The game is functional. A completely standard puzzle platformer that does nothing to stand out. Puzzle-platformers are hardly in short supply these days; in a genre with so many excellent examples I really see no reason to ever play Rochard.
The DLC is the best part of the game by far. The puzzles are actually somewhat tricky. But again, they never go beyond fairly basic and the whole thing is quite short. Not worth buying or playing the game for.