It's always interesting whenever an unexpected sequel releases. Rock of Ages 2 may be Bigger & Boulder but does it provide enough long-lasting fun? Sharpen your chisel and let's find out.
For those unfamiliar with Rock of Ages, you basically roll a giant boulder down a course in order to eventually crash through your opponent's castle and roll over them. Meanwhile, they're trying to do the same to you on an identical course. This aspect of the gameplay feels very similar to Super Monkey Ball. That's not all, however, as both players can set up defenses when they're not in rolling mode in the hopes of slowing down or even destroying their foe's boulder. It's a fantastic combination of genres that makes for some tense and enjoyable matches. Placing traps in tight corners and watching your opponent get snagged then rolling over their catapults is so much fun. Once you finally break through their castle door and win the match, it feels awesome.
Obviously, Rock of Ages doesn't take itself seriously and its wacky story sequences definitely solidify that notion. They're very reminiscent of the animated portions from Monty Python's Flying Circus and will have you either laughing out loud or scratching your head while wondering just what the heck is going on. Whichever way you look at it, you have to admire the humour on display here.
Rock of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder includes a variety of different ways to play. First of all, the story campaign can be enjoyed either solo or cooperatively with a friend. In this mode, you traverse a map of Europe to take on an assortment of historical opponents and even a few bosses all while earning stars and unlocking extra defenses. It's enjoyable stuff but you could essentially complete the whole thing within one or two sittings seeing as it's incredibly short. That being said, the bosses are super-clever and quite memorable.
Other modes include "Game of War" which is the basic battle mode and "Obstacle Course" which acts like a racing game. You can play these either against the AI, a local pal, or online players. If you're playing solo, you can challenge a time trial for each of the 15 included courses, too. Considering there are only two multiplayer variations to enjoy, you probably won't play with others for very long. I wish the developers experimented with the core gameplay by offering unique mini-games and additional modes. Along those same lines, there sure isn't much solo content to play through. After mastering the short campaign and time trials, you probably won't play it for much longer. I guess you could play through again on a harder difficulty but that sort of replay value isn't for everyone.
Although Rock of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder's gameplay is incredibly unique and undeniably fun, it gets rather repetitive after playing for a while. Specifically, I found that after playing through every stage and experimenting with all of the defenses and boulder types (which doesn't take very long), it all started to feel a little monotonous. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of fun to be had here but that fun probably won't last as long as you'd hope. Multiplayer adds some much-needed replay value but even it starts to get old after a few matches. In other words, it's a great game to pick up and play every now and then but don't expect to do so for hours at a time.
Rock of Ages 2: Bigger & Boulder features a fantastic albeit familiar mix of genres that's sure to provide some great and often hilarious times. Although the fun factor doesn't last forever, what's here is definitely worth checking out.
- + Awesome blend of tower defense and Super Monkey Ball style destruction
- + Hilarious story sequences
- + Includes local and online multiplayer
- - Single player content lacks replay value and the campaign is very short
- - Gameplay gradually gets repetitive
- - Could use more multiplayer modes