Yes. That’s three all caps ROCKETS strung together and is the latest title from indie developer, Radial Games. ROCKETSROCKETSROCKETS is a neon-induced arena shooter. That means that where this game really shines is when you got multiple players going face-to-face in this fast-paced game of destruction. That’s not to say you can’t play ROCKETSROCKETSROCKETS solo, because you can, but there just something about local multiplayer that really makes a game like this shine.
At its core, ROCKETSROCKETSROCKETS is a pure arena shooter. Whether you’re playing alone or with friends, the goal of the game is the same. kill your opponent before they kill you. There are just but two modes in this game: QUICK MODE and ZEN MODE. Both can be played between 1-4 players.
The mode you’ll probably play the most is QUICK mode. This is played either solo or with 3 other opponents and can even be played against bots. Everyone starts off in the middle and when the countdown ends, it’s every rocket for themselves. Each player has three lives that gets used up when you get shot. If you get eliminated, you have to watch as the other players compete to see who the ultimate winner is. It’s pretty fun when played with friends.
The only issue I have with the game is playing against the CPU opponents. While it’s great to have something to play against, the CPU is just too good. Often times, you’re the one who gets eliminated first. If you’re playing a 4-way match against the CPU,being eliminated first means watching the other 3 CPU units duke it out, which can take a while because they’re just all too good. Watching the CPU play is not fun. This is my only real gripe about ROCKETSROCKETSROCKETS.
The other mode we should talk about is ZEN. Think of this as free roam with the ability to paint the sky. This is basically a chill mode. Fly to your hearts content and draw whatever you want using your rocket’s smoke trail. Pressing different buttons yield different colors and your trail stays on the screen until you exit the mode. That’s pretty much all there is to that. No combat, just peaceful flying and art.
- ROCKETS! We feature on the finest interstellar vehicles.
- Local Versus Multiplayer – Get your fellow rocketeers together, we’re going to BLOW THINGS UP!
- Underdog Mode – A flock of rockets versus the lone rebel. Amongst all the friendly fire, will you rocket to the top?
- Team Play – Every rocket needs a partner!
- Stanley – This is a story of a rocket named Stanley. Meet the AI Rocket that thinks he has free will, and meet the rockets he will relentlessly fire at YOUR rocket.
- Cool Light Trails – These are some classy rockets that are a lot of fun to fly.
So based on what I’ve played of ROCKETSROCKETSROCKETS, it’s actually a pretty decent arena-slash-party game, as long as you play against real live opponents. Playing against the CPU is okay, but ultimately not as satisfying due to the fact that they’re just too good most of the time. This is why playing against other humans is the way to go and nothing beats the excitement and competitiveness of a local multiplayer game with friends. With that said, your enjoyment of ROCKETSROCKETSROCKETS will all depend on how you play it. Having real opponents makes all the difference so if you’re looking for a party game with real people, this one is pretty good.
Received game from developer and/or publisher for coverage purposes.
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