Rochard PC

User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 112 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 81 out of 112
  2. Negative: 5 out of 112

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  1. Feb 16, 2012
    7
    A decent little platformer. The gameplay actually reminds me a lot of Trine although the setting couldn't be more different. It has a good story and some great voice acting. The length of the game is a bit short but in line with the price so you still get good value out of the game. Unlike another reviewer my chief complaint is the control system. Sometimes you have to perform actions withA decent little platformer. The gameplay actually reminds me a lot of Trine although the setting couldn't be more different. It has a good story and some great voice acting. The length of the game is a bit short but in line with the price so you still get good value out of the game. Unlike another reviewer my chief complaint is the control system. Sometimes you have to perform actions with 3-4 keys at the same time and it gets too be a bit much on a keyboard. I tried playing it with an XBOX 360 controller and found the pre-configured settings to be extremely clumsy and the accuracy was a bit sloppy. The latest patch allows you to reconfigure controller settings so that helps a bit. Expand
  2. Feb 14, 2012
    7
    Overall this game is pretty good. The game mixes some good puzzle solving and platforming elements, occasional humor, and some interesting mechanics. After playing the game for a while though it did feel a bit repetitive, some of the puzzles are a bit too easy, the combat is lousy and the story is just okay.
  3. Jan 2, 2012
    7
    Indy-Games usually get a bonus at reviews, which makes even mediocre games get meta-scores of 8 and higher. It may be the effect that the games are cheaper and that there's a higher sympathy towards the independent producers than to the big publishers.

    The graphics are well-polished comic-style, similar to Team Fortress 2. The characters look like plastic dolls and are poorly animated
    Indy-Games usually get a bonus at reviews, which makes even mediocre games get meta-scores of 8 and higher. It may be the effect that the games are cheaper and that there's a higher sympathy towards the independent producers than to the big publishers.

    The graphics are well-polished comic-style, similar to Team Fortress 2. The characters look like plastic dolls and are poorly animated with an entire lacking of facial animations. You will only notice that during the amateurishly done and really boring cut-scenes. The story is stereotype and was heard a thousand times in c-class science fiction movies, the end disappoints even more. Attempts to be funny are mostly barrel bursts (Rochards personal id is 90210, "Mother-Truckers", "I can't feel my legs" when he dies). The voice-talents are good.

    Controlling Rochard is smooth and easy, but a little bit too complex for a platform game. I would have left out the flashlight (could be auto on/off dependent on the lighting conditions) and melee attacks (unnecessary).

    The puzzles are simple (compared to Portal) and don't require great skills or precise timings. You will solve most of the puzzles on the first try and finish the game in less than 6 hours. 90% of the time you will have low-gravity turned on. There are harder puzzles in any old Sokoban implementation.

    Can i recommend the game for kids? I must say no. Though there is no blood in the game, the controls are too complex and there's still a good portion of violence (enemies scream when they die). Rochard is no bad game, but definitely not a 10/10 AAA-title.
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  4. Aug 8, 2012
    6
    The puzzle-solving, twitch-based platforming was appealing, but wasn't very challenging and felt aimed at kids. While I enjoyed the music, scenery and fully-voiced and dynamic story, it fell flat due to its brevity.
  5. Jun 3, 2013
    7
    In essence, Rochard is a side-scrolling puzzle game. It’s not overly long and takes about 6-7 hours to complete, but those hours are reasonably fun as you get to try yourself at a good variety of different puzzles. Each puzzle revolves around a clever usage of a G-lifter, which is a device the main character wields that creates artificial gravity, allowing him to pick up boxes and otherIn essence, Rochard is a side-scrolling puzzle game. It’s not overly long and takes about 6-7 hours to complete, but those hours are reasonably fun as you get to try yourself at a good variety of different puzzles. Each puzzle revolves around a clever usage of a G-lifter, which is a device the main character wields that creates artificial gravity, allowing him to pick up boxes and other objects and to either throw them at enemies or to place them in strategic locations.

    Most areas of the game are similar to each other, taking on a sci-fi dungeon kind of feel, with laser beams, elevators, ventilation shafts, force fields, etc. However, despite each level being similar to the previous one, the puzzles are fresh enough to keep the player interested to carry on further, and the overall control of the character is very smooth when jumping about between the platforms. In addition, the game has a very light-hearted and humourous feel to it, with plenty of jokes here and there, and the soundtrack is generally pretty nice too. It’s possible of course to get annoyed in a few areas as it is fairly easy to make a silly mistake and get killed, but overall it’s not much of a drawback.

    Overall, Rochard should keep you entertained for a few hours and worth playing through at least once, though there isn’t that much in regard to replayability, unless you’ve really enjoyed the puzzles and want to do the entire game again just to check for alternate solutions.
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  6. Jul 31, 2013
    7
    Don't expect something innovative or special. It's just a nice game with nice gameplay, nice graphics, nice story and hey... it's just a very nice game to relax at.
Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 78
    A solid suggestion if you are looking for a pleasant, polished puzzler/platform game. It will not thrill you, it does not invent the wheel, but it displays some clever ideas that are correctly executed, humor and, additionally, its low price is another incentive for its purchase. [March 2012]
  2. 80
    Combine smart puzzles with adequate amounts of action and you get Rochard – great platform game appealing to all sorts of players. [Jan 2012]
  3. Feb 6, 2012
    89
    When it comes right down to it Rochard is a fully enjoyable action game with plenty of puzzles to work through. While not overly challenging, though some took me a few second to figure out just what to do, I can tell you I missed the three hour speed run achievement by several hours, but considering all the hidden health and weapons upgrades as well as trophies that's one achievement that will have to come later.