Fast-paced platforming action and mind-bending puzzles based on gravity
User reviews:
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Very Positive (12 reviews) - 91% of the 12 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (1,143 reviews) - 91% of the 1,143 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 15, 2011

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“Enjoy Rochard as it was intended, and let it bend your mind a bit. You won’t be sorry you did.”
85/100 – IGN.com

About This Game

Grab a G-Lifter - your new best friend! Use it to change gravity at will, manipulate the environment, and throw huge crates at your enemies.

Join the amazing exploits of astro-miner John Rochard and embark on a gravity-bending journey across the Solar System! Rochard is an award-winning side-scroller featuring hours of mind-blowing gravity gameplay, puzzle-solving and action. Narrated in a humorous cartoony style, Rochard tells a thrilling story of villains, a damsel in distress and a mysterious alien civilization.

Key Features:

  • 5 long Chapters crammed with fast-paced platforming action and mind-bending puzzles based on gravity
  • A beautifully crafted cartoonish visual style, rich with humor and personality
  • Incredible items able to influence gravity and grab, swing and throw objects to solve puzzles or get rid of enemies
  • A groovy soundtrack composed by Markus “Captain” Kaarlonen from Poets of the Fall, mixing southern rock/blues and 80′s inspired electronic music
  • The legendary performance of Jon St. John as the voice of protagonist John Rochard
  • The most advanced use of the Unity engine in a video game

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz single core
    • Memory: 1 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 3 GB
    • Video Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: Integrated audio interface
    • Additional: Notice that the game does not run on most of the integrated video cards such as Intel GMA. It also requires at least 256 MB of video memory to run smoothly.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 3.0 GHz dual core
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 3 GB
    • Video Card: GeForce 8 series, ATI Radeon HD2xxx
    • DirectX®: 10.0
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
    • Processor: Intel Mac
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 3 GB
    • Video Card: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA)
    • Sound:
    • Required: Keyboard and Mouse with Secondary click enabled or gamepad (such as PS3 controller, Xbox 360 controller for Windows or Logitech gamepads).
    • Additional:Notice that the game requires at least 256 MB of video memory to run smoothly. Specifically, the game does NOT run properly on these configurations:
      • iMac: 2006 (Intel GMA or ATI Radeon X1600 128MB or NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT 128MB)*
      • iMac: 2007-2008 (ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT 128MB)*
      • Mac Mini: 2006-2008 (Intel GMA)
      • Mac Mini: early 2009 (NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 128MB)*
      • Macbook: 2006-2008 (Intel GMA)
      • Macbook Air: early 2008 (Intel GMA)
      • Macbook Pro: 2006 (ATI Radeon X1600 128MB)*
      • Macbook Pro: 2007 (NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 128MB)*

      Performance may be low on these configurations (switch to the lowest possible resolution from the game options):

      • iMac: 2006 (ATI Radeon X1600 256MB)
      • Mac Mini: 2009 (NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256MB)
      • Macbook: late 2008-2009 (NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256MB)
      • Macbook Air: late 2008-2009 (NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256MB)
      • Macbook Pro: 2006 (ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 256MB)
      • Macbook Pro: mid 2009 (13" models MB990/MB991 with NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256MB)
      • Macbook Pro: mid 2009 (Low-end 15" model MC118 with NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256MB)**

      *) Please note that 256MB configurations of these models exist
      **) Please note that most 15" Macbook Pro models with GeForce 9400M also have faster GeForce 9600M GT with dedicated video memory

    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit (Unity2D session preferred) or Ubuntu 12.10 32-bit
    • Processor: 2.6GHz single core
    • Memory: 1GB
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA)
    • Hard Drive: 3GB
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Very Positive (12 reviews)
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Suinilet
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
It's a good time. Rochard isn't the most complicated game in the world, or the longest (it takes maybe four hours to beat if you're not great at platformers, much like I am), but it's got pretty decent voice acting, nice visuals, and perhaps the greatest intro song for an independent game that I've ever heard.
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Shike Marples
( 140.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Great game. Just buy it already
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Webby
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
Deadly game, loved every minute of it. Really good controls and nice progression throughout the game.
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The Reign
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
It's not a bad game at all, but it's not that good either; actually it's mediocre in every aspects. The graphics, sound design, story, gameplay (puzzles and action platformer), everything in the game is just ok, but nothing more. So it's not recommandable by me and I can say if you want a side scrolling action platformer go for Guacamelee or Rayman. If you want a puzzle platformer go for Braid, Limbo or Swapper. And if you want something completely different, then go for Fez. But if you think you have to try this game for whatever reason then be my guest. Everyone have the rights to try anything!!
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theincrediblebradman
( 10.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
This was a fun game to play. It's not too hard, nor is it especially long, but I would recommend it. The story is not engaging at all, and at some points it was just painful (especially the depiction of native americans), but that's not what this game is really about. What sets it apart is gravity gun - which allows you to pick up different objects to use to solve different puzzles. You also are able to turn down the gravity simulator throughout most of the game, that adds to your puzzle solving tools. Levels were engaging, but never really hard. I would recommend this as a game to play when you want to relax. Sure, there are a few later levels that require some faster action, but they never get to that heart-racing type action.
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Bagha
( 12.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 6
What a great game, highly recommended!
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Mirkwood
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
Great game, but the storytelling aims high and falls very short. The gameplay is solid, and the gravity gun mechanic is fun and extremely well implemented. The puzzles are also pretty rewarding, and break up the pace of the game nicely. Unfortunately it ends on a cliffhanger, and it doesn't look like a sequel is coming...

On another note, I found this game to be a great learning tool for the Steam Controller, using the left touch pad as a joystick and the right as a mouse.

I'd recommend picking this up on sale.
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PRAVEMI
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
One of the best action platformers which I've ever played!
- action
- puzzles
- funny heroes
- and mainly... GRAVITY GUN!

Rochard = fat strong funny speaking Gordon Freeman : )
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Outburst
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
[ENG]Very nice 2d platformer. It hat shooting aspects, riddles, jump and runs and you have to do this mostly all at the same time. The story is quite neat but the voiceacting is definitely upgradable. Furthermore you get nice little upgrades and new gameplay elements from time to time so its not getting boring. Definitely a must have, especially if its on sale!

[GER] Verdammt schöner 2d Platformer. Man schießt, lößt Rätsel, muss jump and runs hinter sich legen und das alles am besten gleichzeitig. Die Story ist relativ solide, jedoch ist das voiceacting definitiv ausbaufähig. Zudem wird man auch immer wieder mit Verbesserungen und neuen gameplay Elementen versorgt, sodass es eigendlich nicht langweilig wird. Auf jeden Fall ein must have, vor allem wenn es im Sale ist!
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J289
( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
One of the best action platforming games i have played, great music and voice acting.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
Deadly game, loved every minute of it. Really good controls and nice progression throughout the game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
One of the best action platformers which I've ever played!
- action
- puzzles
- funny heroes
- and mainly... GRAVITY GUN!

Rochard = fat strong funny speaking Gordon Freeman : )
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
It's not a bad game at all, but it's not that good either; actually it's mediocre in every aspects. The graphics, sound design, story, gameplay (puzzles and action platformer), everything in the game is just ok, but nothing more. So it's not recommandable by me and I can say if you want a side scrolling action platformer go for Guacamelee or Rayman. If you want a puzzle platformer go for Braid, Limbo or Swapper. And if you want something completely different, then go for Fez. But if you think you have to try this game for whatever reason then be my guest. Everyone have the rights to try anything!!
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41 of 48 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2013
Rochard is very nice logic game with lovely soundtrack. <3 At the beginning game is very easy but more you play - more difficult are levels. Player can't be bored there. If you're loking for a game where you can shoot enemies and do logic puzzles in every level, then this game is for you.
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
What a fun little game. With it's addictive puzzle/physics gameplay, and awesome soundtrack Rochard is just one of those indie games that needs to be played even if you are not into indie games. Your main use of interacting with the world around you is with the G-Lifter, much like the gravity gun in Half life 2 you can accomplish puzzles and defeat enemies with this neat little tool. The story is also what makes this game immersive, and want you to keep playing. It mixes a blend of puzzle solving with action so you never get bored. You play as John Rochard who is a miner and he and his team of miners are not having much luck when it comes to finding Turbinium a valuable resource in the game that is worth a lot apparently......until one day! Get this game while on a discount so it be worth your while to find out for yourself!
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20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 5, 2013
I took a chance on buying Rochard without really knowing what to expect, and I don't regret it. It's a really fun 3D platformer with physic puzzles, time/gravity manipulation, and a whole lot of action. You play a humble hero with moderate abilities tinkering with gravity-gun-like devices in an outer-space cargo containment center. Playing with the mouse and keyboard is fine but, in my opinion, Rochard plays best with a 360 controller, a beer, a couch, and some friends around. It has a fairly shallow learning curve and anyone can jump into it at any stage. It took me 2 days to beat, we were sad to see it end, but I just recently bought the expansion pack DLC so I cant wait to try that out. I Give Rochard 8.5/10
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37 of 51 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 20, 2015
Rochard is a sci-fi platform game which was initially released on the PlayStation 3 network in 2011, but was eventually ported to he PC later in that year. The game revolves around taking control of gravity, and using the gravity gun called the G-Lifter. This is used to manipulate objects around the levels. This game has it all, increasingly challenging environmental puzzles, action, a rich story line and plenty of humor.

The game play is a two dimensional side scrolling platformer that takes place in three dimensional scenes. You work your way through the environments completing a series of puzzles and combat encounters. You are able to change the gravity in the room very easily at just the press of a button. All of the puzzles are easy enough for you to not get stuck on them for ages, but hard enough so that you can't just stroll into a room and instantly be able to figure it out. It hits the sweet spot just right.

The graphical fidelity is very pleasing, it has a nice art style which works well with this type of game. All of the character models look well polished and has brilliant animation. The voice acting is also top notch here too, something a fair few games manage to fall down on.

While the single player story mode took me about five hours to complete; I felt as if it managed to fulfill its potential in that time. There is also some DLC available for a very cheap price which includes four new challenging puzzle levels. Granted there is more of an emphasis on the puzzle solving as apposed to the combat, but even for the most experienced puzzle platforming players you'll find them difficult. I did have to check out the walkthrough because I was stumped at times.

This is a really well ported game, I didn't have any technical problems, you are able to play in higher resolutions and the game does work with the keyboard and mouse, however it is highly recommended you use a controller with these types of games.

I would recommend Rochard to people who really enjoy the puzzle platforming genre, people expecting an action packed side scrolling shooter will probably not find the thrill they are looking for. But if you want a couple hours of figuring out puzzles in a sci-fi environment, you may as well try Rochard

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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
Rochard is more than your average platform puzzler. It's got beautiful 2.5D graphics, meaning that gameplay is strictly east/west, but the background recedes in beautiful 3D depth and give an illusion of greater space. Sort of like Trine, but deeper and prettier.

Rochard also has a good story, told through cutscenes and voiceover.

The main gameplay mechanic is a gravity gun; you manipulate the environment around you with this one device to solve puzzles, clear passages and fight bad guys. There are other twists, too, like gravity manipulation.

Although I admire Rochard, it wasn't for me. I found that some of the puzzles required more timing finesse than I cared to put up with. Still, I give Rochard a thumbs up, because it's a very good entry in the platformer genre. It's made with great attention to detail, sports a low price tag, and there's a free demo so you can try before you buy. All plusses in my book.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 21, 2015
Probably my favourite 2D puzzle/plattformer on steam. Cool presentation, nice controls and music. I also love the mood and humour of the game, it really sets me in a sci-fi/space scenario. The base mechanic of the game consists in shooting and solving puzzles, with the help of your grav gun, and to a minor extent platforming elements; overall its solid and fun. The dlc is good too, a bit short though
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2014
A pretty unique game, you play as John Rochard (voiced by Duke Nukem's John St John), our game's protagonist and a stalwart asteroid miner, whose has dealt with 4 years of bad luck finding "space diesel" called Turbinium. After finding something BIG amongst the asteroids, and calling his employer, Maximilian, about the find, the ship and his crew are soon attacked by space bandits, the Wild Boys, and that's only the beginning of Rochard's problems...

This game combines the aspects of a tactical action shooter, a "2D" 3D scroller, and a puzzle game, and does it all RIGHT; All within a gritty 1980's sci-fi movie feel (and some wonderful spacesynth music added into the atospheric feel of the gameplay). The gameplay is challenging, but fun and not complicated (from grabbing and throwing objects/your enemies, to manipulating the ship's gravity and the machinery, as well). The characters are interesting (and Rochard's one-liners are funny to hear... but you'd expect no less from John St John), and character and background design are fantasically-done.
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