Recoil Games' Rochard arrived on the PlayStation Network scene with little fanfare back in September, so you'd be forgiven for letting this puzzle sidescroller slip by your radar. Thankfully, Recoil is giving players a second opportunity to defy gravity and save the universe with the re-release of its trippy freshman title for Steam on November 15.
Rochard stars a salt-of-the-earth space miner named John Rochard who drills his way into a conspiracy involving ancient alien races, corporate corruption, and family secrets. At the core of Rochard's gameplay is the G-Lifter, a Gravity Gun knockoff that players use to manipulate items and enemies in each 'room' to solve puzzles, kill enemies, and progress across a handful of distinct locales. Players can also switch between gravity levels, allowing them to leap further, walk on ceilings, or swing over to hard-to-reach collectibles and upgrades.
“We’re incredibly excited to bring this game to PC users, since it’s a natural fit for gamers across consoles as well as on PC,” wrote Samuli Syvähuoko, Founder of Recoil Games in today's announcement. “We can’t wait to see PC gamers take Rochard through his adventure and watch the fun ways they use the game’s mechanics to manipulate gravity and solve all of the challenges and puzzles.”
Rochard is one of those games that, in a few years time, every cool kid will have claimed to play. And you know what? We actually liked it. Go on and try it for yourself next tuesday on Steam for $9.99.