Piloting a space shuttle is no easy task, and it’s made that much tougher when you’re stuck in a cave. That’s the premise of the new iOS game Flop Rocket, which comes from the creative minds behind Quadropus Rampage and Towelfight 2. In Flop Rocket, you’re given a dial to control the angle of trajectory, and the ability to tap to activate thrusters as you try to pilot through stalagmites, spaceducks, and rockworms. The controls are easy to grasp, but the game has a pretty steep initial learning curve to figure out how to best pilot your rocket. This is the type of game where you will crash numerous times, and each crash ends with your pilot being ejected at high speeds.
Each run in Flop Rocket is filled with dangers, and at the beginning you’re speeding ahead into the obstacles. At first, it feels like chaos management, but soon you will figure out how to angle the ship to set-up a style reminiscent of Jetpack Joyride to repeatedly tap to hover around the middle of the cave. You can constantly switch the angle to change your speed, and it’s simply high speed arcade fun no matter how you slice it. There’s an endless nature to Flop Rocket, but there’s an actual conclusion to reach the end of the 5km cave, and out into space. Each run contributes coins to your cause that can be used to enhance your ship to make it that much further. There’s even the added lunar lander style challenge to refuel your ship as you go.
Flop Rocket becomes progressively more difficult, the further you progress through the cave. To help you, the game has a single in-app purchase of $2.99 to unlock BscotchID, which gives you access to cloud saving, cross-game perks, friends-only leaderboards, eight more upgrade types, and one use boosts. To clear the cave, you will need some of the additional eight upgrades, but still you restart at the beginning each time. Flop Rocket shows your cave progress, but there are no checkpoints to restart at a tougher stretch. The game does include randomly generated missions that you can earn juice with, but the juice only applies once you buy the BscotchID. The BscotchID is definitely worth it to shoot down spaceducks, drop dynamite on rockworms, and get numerous extra boosts to keep your rocket going. Through all of the little things, you still have an engaging action packed challenge that is filled with the style and personality the developers have come to be known for.
Flop Rocket (Free, Universal) delivers an entertaining challenge that is well worth picking up.