Fast-paced platforming action and mind-bending puzzles based on gravity
User reviews: Very Positive (941 reviews)
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
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
This is a nice platformer. Casual and friendly. The most fun part for me was when Rochard (main character) was swinging around, screaming like Tarzan. I would recommend this game even at a full price, though be aware that this game is often on sale.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=435731287 http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=434821914
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
Rochard is a fun little physics/puzzle based platformer with a decent enough (although rather cliched) storyline to go along with it.

- Combat can get a bit boring as you basically have the option of shooting or throwing stuff at the enemies but it's not a major part of the game anyway.

- The mechanics of the "G-Lifter" and the fact you can manipulate gravity at will (remotely by manipulating "gravity generator" on each level) makes each level somewhat challenging to begin with, but once you see the solution you'll kick yourself for not seeing it sooner.

- The graphics aren't going to blow anyone away, it is built on a fairly old version of the Unity engine but they're perfectly acceptable and go well with the game.

- It has collectibles hidden around each level. Although they all look the same, it adds a degree of replayability to the game for those who like to get every achievement in games.

- The soundtrack is very enjoyable and always fits the situation perfectly.

- The voice acting is decent, especially that of the main character, John Rochard, voiced by Jon St. John, the voice of Duke Nukem himself.

Overall, it's worth buying, although wait for a sale. There isn't enough content for £8 but there's certainly plenty for £2.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Its PUZZLE 2.5D side-scrolling game.

Point is always the solve the puzzle level with help of gravity gun.

Game was pretty challenging and if you really want some HARD-CORE game challenge there is also a DLC called HARD TIMES ... that will prove your brain to the 120%.

Great game for brain training and also you spend some days of gaming (not so much ... but still enought).

Worth any money (best in sale) ... GREAT piece of game.

+ idea
+ story
+ graphics
+ levels design
+ game time (up to 10 hours !)
+ more game time with bonus DLC (hard times)
+ brain game

- difficulty (can be a lot harder)
- DLC is not free

Graphics: 6/10
Sounds/Music : 6/10
Mechanics: 8/10
Idea: 7/10
Story : 3/10
Addicting: 7/10
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Verdict: 8/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
+ catchy starting music
+ nice graphics
+ pleasant atmosphere
+ good physics and controls

- poor story (ok, I should rather say minimalist, but it's not even story driven, it's there just to add a frame, so nevermind..)
- levels are too long/ badly distributed
- showing some statistics would make it feel more like achieving something

overall: good design, and I don't want to downvote, because it doesn't deserve it,
but sorry guys, for me it was boring
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
10 outta 10
i really enjoyed playing this physx game
i think i'll buy the DLC
didn't know how to get into the levels achievement.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
A very short review after just over an hour of play. More to follow, but I want players to know about this game while it's still SO cheap.

Amazing graphics, pretty good story, great voice acting, stellar music. This is a thinking player's game, heavily involving physics. Gravity, and gravity control is a big part of this game, and so far using gravity to place and throw objects is used instead of traditional weapons. I must say, squashing bad guys with huge, heavy boxes, or grav-throwing explosives at them is FAR more satisfying than just....."bang". (Nothing wrong with "bang". I LIKE "bang".) And to grab an errant robot with a gravity beam, then smash it rapidly against opposing walls is oddly....calming.

If you typically avoid platformers, or like me, buy them expecting to fail, "rochard" may be your solution. Many, if not most, of the multitudinous puzzles seem to have more than one solution. One, the typical "brute force" sort, but also a much easier, more "scientific" one.

Very good learning curve. Short, reasonable checkpoint intervals. AND a hero who looks and sounds much like so many of us! MOST importantly, this game is really a LOT of fuN!

If PORTAL was a platformer, it just might be "rochard".

At this price, WHILE it's this price, you owe it to yourself to at least take a look at the Store Page. What's to lose? $1.49 is all! ($2.09 with soundtrack & artbook.) At this price I have to give the HIGHEST possible recommendation.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Intro & Summary
Rochard never gained traction because of its small marketing efforts and smaller demographic, which is a shame because it's the quintessential small, charming indie game with personality and care. This was one of the earliest games to utilize the Unity Engine. It benefits from it, and will feel current for many years.

Highlights
Without its charming indie feel and homely 80s personality Rochard would've been just another, slightly above average, platformer. But some really symbiotic design and gameplay elements elevate this to something a little better than the rest.

* Great characters that didn't even need to have personality but were given tons
* Incredible voice acting for a game of this budget
* Above average lighting and background design
* Fairly challenging at times, brain required
* A good, 80s-feel soundtrack

Mistakes
Platformers are relatively simple in their design and tend to need combinations of good mechanics, unique or useful collectibles or alternative ways of solving things. Rochard suffers from a lack of these and often feels bland and samey.

* Very annoying AI and level manipulation at time, repeating the same mistake a few times is jarring when it's the game engines' fault
* Mechanics, despite working well, feel repetitive after so long
* Bland and slow paced at times

Recommendations
Rochard clocks in at 6 hours play time and doesn't have much re-playability, but it's relatively cheap; £7.99/8.99€/$9.99 at the time of review and it goes on sale for up to -90% regularly on Steam, so is definitely a buy at less than 1 Buck, Quid or Euro. It's available on mobile and a ton of other platforms and comes up in bundles, so look out for it being cheaper somewhere else if you care about a few cents.

* The Hard Times DLC is pretty difficult and challenging, and only adds challenge maps. It's probably only worth considering buying after completing the full game.
* The voice of John Rochard is played by Jon St. John ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_St._John ), who also helped voice elements of Duke Nukem, Dota 2, Sonic Adventures, Guild Wars 2 and Amnesia.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
Way too much fun for such an insanely low price. Really fun and unusual game mechanics. Great voices with lots of humor and fun puzzles. Great game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
I started this game in Oct 2012 but gave up because my hardware wasn't up to the job. Having just bought a new computer, Rochard was one of the first games that I made sure I played.

For me the most outstanding thing about the game is the music, its really top notch stuff. When I first listening to the soundtrack I nearly feel out of my seat when Space Debris kicked in, it was one of my favourite mods from the Amiga days.

The game itself isn't difficult, either in terms of combat or puzzles but it is fun. Particularly at the very end when your G-Lifter gets its final mods.

Its easily worth the asking price, but its worth paying the bit extra for the soundtrack.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
Fun platforming with fairly easy puzzle elements. It falls short in the story department. Voice acting is a bit over the top and the pacing is painfully slow. Lackluster 'to be continued' type ending left a stale taste after completing some of the best levels in the game. Supposedly the DLC is a bit harder, but it's hard to justify putting more money into this so I won't. The main gameplay is fun enough to warrant my reccommendation, but the flaws it has are large and should be noted.
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39 of 46 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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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
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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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
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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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2013
Oh man. Indie games have really started to come in masses these days. Some are really cool. Some are really a waste of time (AND money). Not so Rochard. For an indie game, it's really long (6 - 7 hours). The characters, along with the story are funny and interesting. The gameplay itself, is a mixture of a jump n run, and Half-Life 2's awesome gravity gun. Plus low gravitiy as gameplay mechanics, neat little puzzles and of course some laser gun action. All in all I really can't say anything bad about Rochard, except maybe, that it doesn't deliever anything new. But hey, if 6 hours go by and you're still having a lot of fun with a game, who cares? :)
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2013
Physics puzzle platformer with gravity control, gravity gun, and remote explosives. Combat is meh, puzzles and platforming are great. The "Hard Times" DLC is the best.
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25 of 39 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 25, 2014
Pretty good game. Some rooms / scenes require a little bit of figuring out before you get things right. Forget about using the mouse - The XBOX 360 Controller is where you'll get the best gameplay out of it.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 10, 2014
I honestly love this game. It's a platformer with logical and action elements, the puzzles usually revolve around shifting gravity or moving the objects. All three gameplay types are perfectly blended together, the game flows very well and you don't get stuck often. Because of that, some people may consider it easy. That's why there's a DLC with higher difficulty. For me, it was very pleasant to be able to play without getting frustrated, which is a downside of many great and challenging games.

As for the graphical side, I can't complain. Rochard is somewhat cartoonish, but very pleasant to look at and rich, colorful. Music and sound effect are well-done too. But what I really love is the main character. I grew sick of the manly, model-like and virtuous main characters who lack character that appear in many current games . John Rochard, on the other hand, is a man around 40 whose figure is far from perfect. He is funny, but not in an obtrusive way. His voice acting is great and he's very easy to identify with. Even the other characters are well-done, all are very believable.

Even though I think the game is worth the original price, if you are not sure whether to buy it, wait for a sale. But definitely buy it, it's worth it.
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