Rock ‘n’ Risk Stickman Game Review
December 26, 2011
By Maxwell J. Provo
Rock ‘n’ Risk is a clever game. While being clever, it is also extremely difficult to understand right away. The game comes with a pathetic tutorial. The tutorial does nothing to make you grasp the way to play the game and that it why it is dubbed pathetic. Apart from the horrendous tutorial, Rock ‘n’ Risk manages to rise above its awful beginning and provide you with a great challenge. Though not a complex game, it is a challenging and unique one.
Rock ‘n’ Risk puts you into a jumpy Stick. (He acts like Mick Jagger did after his ninety-eight hip replacement, so let us nickname him Mick Stick.) Scattered around the screen are colored platforms that rise up from the ground. They look very similar to what comes up in the arcade dance games. Also on the screen is a screen (so existential to think about, right?!) that shows you the different color combinations you need to achieve to obtain more and more points. Your job is to get Mick Stick to jump onto the corresponding colored blocks.
The object is simple enough. Of course, that is just in theory!
There are different colored blocks that float about amongst the ones you need to land on. Landing on these will reset the level, forcing you to start at the beginning and this ultimately leads to Mick Stick’s ninety-ninth hip replacement. Luckily, not all colored blocks will reset the meter. There are many grey blocks on the screen. These act as safe zones for you to land on in between jumping to the different colors you must target. Be warned: all the blocks in this game explode upon landing and only provide a brief respite. Do not get comfortable!
Note the Music is Addictive!
To control Mick Stick you use the mouse. Move it side to side to direct his movements. Jerking it up will make him jump. Holding the left button will grant you use of a parachute to drastically slow your descent and allow you great control over your movements. The parachute is very handy for landing on that certain block surrounded by off-colored bricks. The parachute comes with a catch, however. Using it depletes your energy. If that depletes, you must wait for it to charge before unfurling your parachute again.
Rock ‘n’ Risk offers a unique take on the level jumping cemented into every gamer’s mind by the classic Mario saga. A challenge for sure, this is not a game that can be walked away from easily. It is an addicting challenge and strategy can be varied for different results. Mick Stick will go wherever you want him to. You simply need to know where to push him.
CONTROLS: Mouse for movement; hold left mouse button for parachute
RATING: 4 SticksRock ‘n’ Risk,