Rocket Riot™ Review
- Great pixel art with destructible environments.
- Lots of fun power ups.
- You're fighting the controls all the way.
- While a neat song, it's gets annoying as it's the only thing playing.
- As of the time of this review, no multiplayer.
Rocket Riot is a lot of fun but the controls hold it back.
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Pure unadulterated pixelated mayhem. This is what the general state of play in Rocket Riot represents. The pirate Blockbeard has stolen everyone's legs, so you need the use of a rocket just to get around. This premise sets the stage for level upon level of shooting fun as enemies gang up on you, sports games are played, and the environment blows up in consistent gooey chunks.
Unfortunately this fun is hampered somewhat by the controls. A context sensitive arcade stick will appear where-ever you place your left thumb. The directions are fine but instead of jet-packing around, you'd think you were on some sort of ice rink. It goes beyond sliding passed the spot you wish to stop at. Any finesse in control, especially in the heat of battle is more due to luck than mastery over your rocket skills. This plagues the weapon firing as well, where rockets arc from your gun when the screen is tapped. Instead of trying to score trajectory based hits, the best strategy is either rocket spamming with a special weapon, or flying over your enemy and dropping death from above.
(Editor's Note: During recording I had little to no issues with the controls and found the swipe setup interesting and somewhat intuitive. It's possible there's a problem with 3GS iDevices, or more likely it may be a control system that only clicks with some people. This is still problematic, but far from gamebreaking.)
Despite the controls, this is a lovely looking game. Great use of pixel art is all around but the destruction is where things shine. Colored pixels burst forth from the environments as rockets pave a new path to travel down, and if you're lucky, you might uncover one of the many power-ups to play with. For the majority of the game you will be hearing one track; the Rocket Riot theme song. It is catchy, and the small cut from the song that plays while completing a level is a nice touch, but more music variety would have been nice.
If the controls aren't an issue for you, than this game is recommended whole-heartily. The campaign is long and there are plenty of other challenges to keep a player busy. With some control tweaking and a future patch including some multiplayer, Rocket Riot could be a must buy for an iOS gamer.
DescriptionRocket Riot is an action-packed side-view shooter featuring a bazooka-wielding jetpack soldier. Players blast their way through the environment against computer-controlled enemies in an effort to defeat the nasty pirate Blockbeard.
Bazookas, Jetpacks, Pirates…what’s not to love?
"Rocket Riot is a blast to play (quite literally" — Touch Arcade, 4/5
"Rocket Riot is undoubtedly the best side scroller to come out of the iPhone game scene as of yet." — TapScape
"The action is fast and fun, the power-ups are a joy to use...and the destructible environments give the game a unique feel." — Slide To Play, 3/4
• ROCKET & ROLL
Use the flawless touch controls to navigate through a completely destructible environment, uncover special power-ups or even burrow into different areas of the map using your bazooka as a makeshift shovel.
• HAVE A BLAST
48 level campaign featuring everything from zombies to rocket propelled pirates! Destroy enemies in-game to unlock over 100 playable characters. Defeat giant bosses from gangs of killer bananas (seriously), to Blockbeard himself!
• FUN WITH ROCKETS
Destroy everything in sight with your trusty rocket launcher. Collect twenty different power-ups and power-downs from bouncing rockets to multi-missiles to ghost mode and more!
•KILLER LOOK AND FEEL
Go retro with the incredible 8-bit stylized visuals of Rocket Riot. Try three different, yet equally refined control options and find which one suits you best.
• UNIVERSAL SUPPORT
Localized for French, Italian, Spanish and German and will work on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
• FLING JOYSTICK SUPPORT
Rocket Riot supports the very cool Fling Joystick from Ten One Design. Yeah!