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Rocketeer Review

By Andrew Nesvadba, on September 17, 2010


Rocketeer
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PROS

  • Interesting physics puzzle gameplay.
  • 80 levels to work your way through.

CONS

  • No quick way to reset levels.
  • Menu navigation is slow and awkward.

VERDICT

Rocketeer is an interesting physics puzzler, but the open style of level design and puzzle solving is at times too random to make players feel comfortable with what they're trying to achieve.


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Rocketeer by Wired Developments is, depending on how you look at it, either the most frustrating physics puzzler you could get your hands on or a great few hours of distraction. Rocketeer does an admirable job of trying to appeal to a casual gaming audience while still leaving itself open to the hardcore crowd, but a few wires have been crossed in the process, making it hard to completely engage with this puzzle title.

Your goal is to get just one rocketeer in to the wormhole of each level, utilizing gravitational forces from different planets that push, pull and even bounce you through to the end. On some levels the solutions are intuitive, with hints for the solution usually being made by the level's name. However, many levels have solutions that are either counter-intuitive or require such precise timing and positioning as to render conventional trial and error pointless. Thankfully you can launch four rockets at a time, giving you a chance to 'spam' your way to finding a valid solution. This doesn't feel particularly elegant and it also hurts your chances at getting a gold star, but watching the rockets careen around the screen is amusing in its own way.

If Rocketeer were to have one truly redeeming feature it would have to be the feeling of success you get from watching a rocket completing a complex sequence of flips, turns and bounces before finding its way home.

Still, until future updates tighten up the gameplay Rocketeer is a hard game to recommend to all but those who are willing to approach the game in a purely casual manner.

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