Giant Boulder of Death – Rolling Down A Slippery Slope

3.0 Overall Score
Gameplay: 3.5/5
Design: 3.5/5
Duration: 2/5

Great outlandish theme | Good design & controls | Initial enjoyment

Every roll down the mountain feels relatively the same | Lacks incentive to keep rolling


When a giant boulder is bent of vengeance, the best thing to do is get out of the way. Luckily, you get to play as the boulder in the brand new Giant Boulder of Death game from Adult Swim and PikPok, makers of Robot Unicorn Attack 2Extinction Squad, and Super Monsters Ate My Condo. Giant Boulder of Death is a fast paced arcade action game that presents an endless score attack where you try to run over as much as possible as the boulder. You simply tilt to control the side to side movement of the boulder as it picks up speed rolling down the mountainside, and there are a variety of objects to roll over. Like other games from Adult Swim & PikPok, there’s an eccentric theme that is infused with a large dose of personality. In fact, the boulder is seeking vengeance because the town people used the boulder’s loved one to create a statue. The boulder is now on the war path, but the villagers have their own defenses including spiked walls and homing mines.
The entire game is designed for quick pick up and play, that anyone can enjoy as you simply tilt to cause maximum destruction. Each of the different objects is worth a different amount of points, and your goal is to aim for high value targets because there’s a lot scattered about the mountainside. As you progress, more and more spiked walls and homing mines appear requiring you to maneuver around them, or simply tap the screen to leap over. There’s an additional option thanks to the invinciboulder power-up, which lets you turn the tables to plow through everything on screen. There’s an invinciboulder meter that fills up as you knock over objects, and you can trigger it multiple times a game, with a new multiplier unlocked each time you fill the meter. The different facets make for over the top action, since your goal is maximum destruction, and it’s simply fun rolling down the mountain looking to smash everything in sight.

All of the action is presented extremely well with a deluxe 3D graphics engine that offers a unique stylistic block theme. It’s great to see the carnage unfold, and there are unlockable objects to add to the world to roll over, with each new object tied to 60 different goals. There’s no doubt that Giant Boulder of Death is entertaining, but the enjoyment is short lived with the endless set-up. The game falls into the trap of many others in that each run feels almost exactly the same. The great theme and action packed nature can only carry the game so far, until you understand the pattern of certain areas every 1,000 meters or so. The fun loving nature of the game wears off relatively quickly, and there just isn’t much incentive to keep rolling. It’s also worth noting that the game is free to play with gems and coins used to continue your run, or upgrade your boulder.

Giant Boulder of Death (Free, Universal) offers frenetic fun for a few rolls down the mountain, but the formula becomes tired after just a few runs. It’s disappointing that the game is so simple in scope, and it ends up just being another in a long line that is worth considering for the initial enjoyment and free download. The endless genre as a whole is rolling down a slipper slope in terms of comparative value for your time.


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