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Rochard Knocks The Gravity Out From Under Our Feet
by Ben Reeves on Mar 04, 2011 at 12:45 PM
Platform PlayStation 3, PC
Publisher Daybreak Game Company
Developer Recoil Games
Rating Teen

Finnish Studio Recoil Games took us behind closed doors to check out its newest downloadable title for PSN, a gravity manipulating platformer called Rochard. We didn’t know what to expect, but after getting some hands-on time with the title, we’re looking forward to its spring release.

Rochard follows the story of an astro-miner named John Rochard (voiced by Duke Nukem’s own Jon St. John.) Rochard and his mining team work for one of the lowest producing mining rigs in the galaxy, but just as the team is about to lose their jobs, they discover proof of alien life on a lonely asteroid. At the same time, a group of dim-witted space bandits attack their mining station and begin ransacking the rig. Using only his wits and his mining equipment, Rochard is forced to fend off the pirates, find his missing crew, and save an alien artifact that could change human history.

Altering gravity is the crux of Rochard’s gameplay. Rocard is equipped with a gravity gun that allows him to move blocks around his environment, but he will also be able to alter the strength of gravity, which allows him to jump to greater heights and pick up larger objects. A series of environmental puzzles require Rochard to reroute power, and disable auto turrets while navigating a space bandit populated mining station. We enjoyed our brief hands on time with the game, and are looking forward to Rochard’s spring release. But don’t take our word for it; check out the game in action below.

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