Does a game about a giant boulder bounding its way down a mountainside need a plot? Probably not, but it has one regardless.
To wit: a precariously placed boulder on top of a mountain wishes to be reunited with its partner – another boulder which is presently being chiselled into a statue for a town’s centrepiece. Let’s rock and roll, shall we?
Destruction is the theme in Adult Swim’s latest, and those who have played Beautiful Katamari (or its sequels) and the underrated XBLA/PSN tower defence game Rock of Ages will feel right at home, as Giant Boulder of Death takes inspiration from those two.
It’s Katamari’s art direction that has been pilfered, rather than the controls (thankfully) or the ability to make the boulder bigger over time. This minimalistic, angular, styling works wonders in the game’s favour, keeping the speed up and allowing for countless objects on screen at once.
One nice idea is that you rise up the ranks new objects are added to the mountain range – everything from Yetis to additional bungalows. Keeping the mountainside looking fresh prevents tedium from settling too soon.
As for the Rock of Ages comparison, let’s just say the townsfolk don’t take kindly to your rampage. Almost as soon as the game starts they begin to erect walls of spikes and other deterrents. One collision is all it takes for the boulder to go to pieces, sending out debris for one final bout of destruction.