Fast-paced platforming action and mind-bending puzzles based on gravity
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Very Positive (1,119 reviews) - 91% of the 1,119 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
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Crates. Since the dawn of the digital age, man has struggled with crates. Inexplicably, video games contain about a hundred times more crates than exist in the known universe, some to be pushed, some to be broken, and some to arbitrarily block your progress. Rochard is, first and foremost, a game of crates. There's shooting, there's some cute writing, but there's mainly a lot of crates.

If you're like me and have been wondering what the hell kind of name "Rochard" is, it's the name of the pot-bellied protagonist, John Rochard. A blue-collar asteroid miner down on his luck, you control the surprisingly spry fellow on a day when everything goes to hell. Your main tool in this adventure is the G-Lifter, a gravity gun knockoff that can lift crates, drop crates, launch crates, and do some other stuff like double as an assault rifle and grenade launcher. You'll also get control over gravity for much of the game, and the interplay between your crate gun and gravity manipulation is the basis of most of the puzzles.

Generally your challenge is getting from point A to point B by stacking crates, swapping fuses, and finding ways around force fields and chasms. The force fields are actually a nice touch, with some blocking organic matter, some inorganic, and some energy like weapon fire. They're color-coded to function, and my favorite puzzles are figuring out how to get yourself and the items you need through networks of force fields. Still, I have to stress that a lot of your puzzling will depend on crates, so if the stacks and see-saws in Half-Life 2 burned you out, you might not last long with Rochard.

The other major part of the game is combat. Rochard is way more combat-heavy than I expected, with most puzzles needing to be cleared of enemies and turrets before working out the solution. Your G-Lifter can switch to pew pew mode with the touch of a button, and crates make very deadly weapons here, so combat is at least integrated pretty seamlessly and offers plenty of entertaining options. You'll get weapon and life upgrades as you progress, and there are collectibles to find if you need a little extra puzzling, but most of the game is very linear and offers the same challenges in mounting degrees.

Look, do you like crates? That's really all this boils down to. Rochard looks, sounds, and plays really well for a platformer, but everything revolves around crates and what you can accomplish with them, and at this point in our lives I'm not entirely convinced we really need much more of that. It's a solid game that'll last you 3-4 hours (plus some additional challenges) so as long as you know what you're in for, it'll fill your crate quota.
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41 of 48 people (85%) found this review helpful
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
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
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
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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