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.
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
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
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.