Today we will be looking at Radial Games space shooter Rockets Rockets Rockets. It is a game that is an action-arcade, arena-combat meets figure skating…IN SPACE! You may be wondering about the title of the game, the actual meaning falls on what the basis of the game is, “ROCKETS fire ROCKETS at ROCKETS” Got it memorized?
There, honestly, is not much I can say about the game. There is absolutely no story behind the game. I wish there was at least a reason for why we are doing this space tango so that perhaps we could get behind the Teams that we have to choose from. Perhaps they could’ve said that all the major nations of planet Earth decided on a competition for Space superiority? Unfortunately, this is left up to the imagination of the player.
I would like to say that the visuals of the game are probably the most redeeming feature of the game. When you go into a map such as the Default map with 4 players, the cascade of colours on the screen is pleasing to the eye. You move pretty fast and leave a trail behind you. When you have 4 ships zipping around shooting missiles and laying a cluster of bombs, it has is like watching a Grand Finale of a big fireworks show.
The point of the main game is to destroy your opponents’ bubbles that surround their ship until they reach zero. Think of it like playing the battle mode from Super Mario Kart, just IN SPACE! You have a limited amount of weaponry in your arsenal, so you will get the hang out things fairly quickly. You can fire a single missile, or hold down the B button to fire off a barrage of missiles. Pressing A will lay a Mine while holding it will lay a lot of mines. Y will drop a Bomb directly below you while holding it drops a lot of bombs. If you are on the run from a pursuer, you have the ability to defend yourself with a shield by pressing ZL or ZR.
There are different modes in which you can play the game. Face-Off is as simple as it comes, you will be in a match with one other ship. Underdog pits you against 2 other ships. Finally, there is Party mode which allows you and 3 other ships to fight either individually or as teams. If you want to really test your teams out though, you have the option to set up a tournament to see who has the better team!
When you go into the settings menu, you have a decent list of ways of editing how you want the game to play. This includes altering the type of “Gifts” that could appear during any match to give you an advantage to altering the strength of gravity to truly ensure that what goes up, most definitely has to come back down.
Rockets Rockets Rockets is a game that I found to be visually nice to play. Though, now that I’ve said that, the music was repetitive and generally forgettable. I did notice that eventually, you can make out patterns to the AI ships, once you figured that out, it was not too hard to take them down. Flying in space does feel like you figure skating because you will discover that Space is like driving with bald tires on black ice.
*Code kindly provided by the publisher for review*