A comedic 2D point and click adventure, featuring a crazy cast of poxy pirate pooches.
User reviews: Very Positive (182 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 7, 2010

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Reviews

“...solid gameplay, hilarious writing, and gorgeous visuals ”
9.5/10 – Gamezebo

“Jolly Rover, is a charming, at times challenging and even (for a casual game) fairly long adventurous cartoon romp o’er the 19th century’s bounding main in the great tradition of The Secret of Monkey Island.”
B+ – Just Adventure

“Jolly Rover is a charming and highly amusing romp that’s pretty much a must for any self-respecting adventure gaming fan ”
80/100 – PALGN

About This Game

It be the golden age of pirates! Dogs of the sea! Quite literally.

Our swashbuckling sausage-dog star is Gaius James Rover, son of the famous clown Jolly Rover, who died from a blow to the groin from an improperly loaded joke cannon.

Following the tragically comedic death of his father, young Gaius, who insists on using his middle name James, goes to live with his uncle, a wealthy plantation owner on a small Caribbean island. While practising a particularly tricky juggling move, he accidentally taints a barrel of rum with tobacco, creating a potent and addictive brew which he coins ‘Jolly Rover’, one of the most prized substances in the Caribbean.

Alas, the wealth of Jolly Rover sales only manages to fill the pockets of his uncle, and Gaius longs for action and adventure and, more importantly, the opportunity to start his own circus and follow in the footsteps of his father.

It is not long before the fumbled juggling ball of opportunity raps Gaius smartly on the head yet again. While his uncle is away, a large contract for Jolly Rover arrives from Guy DeSilver, Governor of the notorious Groggy Island, with payment upfront!

In a blinding flurry of optimism, Gaius pools his meagre savings with this advance and charters a ship and crew to take him to Groggy Island. Along the way he meets a colourful band of seafaring cutthroats, scallywags and rogues otherwise known as pirates.

It is here we begin to follow the short and stubby tail of Gaius across three wild and untamed tropical islands, as he attempts to fulfil his dream of starting a circus, hampered only by pirates, villains, voodoo, love and considerable lack of loot.

Jolly Rover is a traditional 2D point and click adventure, including casual elements, such as an integrated hint system, and task bar. Bonus elements include unlockable Captain Bio's, music, concept art and developer commentary!


Key features:
  • Over 60 beautifully rendered scenes to explore
  • 25 colourful, fully animated and voiced characters
  • Traditional point and click adventure with simple one-click interface
  • Organic and fully integrated hint and task tracking system
  • Unlockable extras include Captain Bio's, concept art, music tracks and directors commentary

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7, Vista, XP SP1 & 2
    • Processor: Pentium IV 1.2 Ghz processor or faster
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Standard
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 160 MB
    • Sound: Standard
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6, 10.5.8,
    • Processor: G4 800 MHz or faster processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Standard
    • Hard Drive: 160 MB
    • Sound: Standard
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
I was given the key for this by the Brawsome guys after hitting up their table at PAX Aus 2013, where they were showing off MacGuffin's Curse, and while I'm definitely a fan of point and clicks, I had the middling expectation that I'd put maybe an obligatory ten minutes into it before deleting it from my computer, never to resurface from the depths of my steam backlog again.

I ended up completing it and clearing all the achievements in essentially one sitting. It's really very charming and funny, with a good 2-ish+ hours of casual gameplay, depending on how much you dawdle around. Definitely one for the to-buy list if it goes on sale for <$5
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
This game is suprisingly good, at first impressions I thought it was going to be a badly put together story and ganeplay, oh how wrong was I!!. Jolly rover reminds me a lot of the monkey island series. The graphics are retro styled and work well with the whole layout of the ganeplay itself. It is narrated throughout which is great as the voices add to the fun of playng, Its not a huge world based game. It has a few locations and three main islands with many explorable parts, not a huge amount of interacable characters but this to me stops it getting boring and clustered. The story is good and the puzzles are fun and not too hard. It is a light ha=earted game but worthy of a 9/10 I would recommend to anyone who wants a casual easy flowing game. If you enjoy click and points give it a try and for the price you cannot lose.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
This game was a great throwback to classing adventure games and rarely did I feel completely unable to figure something out. Liked the voice acting and the animation a lot. Had a few adultish jokes in there that I was happy to see to keep the game from getting too kiddy on me. Ended up a little short but that made for a fun adventure that didn't overstay it's welcome. If you liked Monkey Island you might like Jolly Rover.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2013
Jolly Rover is witty, hilarious, laid back, and jolly good wholesome adventurous fun for all ages.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2011
At first glance this game will look like some sort of Monkey Island ripoff. And in a way, that might be the way to describe it. Personally, I think it's more of a love letter to adventure games of yesteryear, combining the atmosphere and humor typical of major adventure games of the 90s with a few modern twists, including quests to find hidden pieces of eight and crackers, and a clever hint system should you choose to use it. If there's one thing that I dislike about many modern adventure games, it's that they give hints much too easily. Making the puzzles difficult to solve and not forcing hints down your throat is better for an adventuring experience.
The developer commentary is quite fun and at times hilarious to listen to, ranging from anecdotes on the game's development to outtakes from the voice artists. (Be on the lookout for Janes singing "Party In The USA!") The addition of unlockable character profiles and artwork does feel like an attempt to put in some artificial replay value, but that's really my only major complaint with the game.
Overall, if you want a short but sweet ride through a colorful world created as an homage to 90s adventures, I recommend giving this game a shot.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2011
Jolly Rover is a good point-and-click adventure game that is similar and even makes references to the Monkey Island series. It's fairly straightforward, offers Steam achievements and allows you to kill time. Unfortunately, it is best run in windowed mode as it only supports one resolution.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2013
Since there's no new "Monkey Island" episode to get our hands on (... and sadly, won't be any for a veeeery long while now that Lucas Arts got purchased and closed down by Disney...), it is good and refreshing to finaly have a newcomer trying its own brand new story!

This game has it all, and for an indie studio this is quite an incredible work they have made here: A point&click with a very practical interface, a nice pirate adventure, nice graphics, soundtracks and voice acting, decently animated, well written dialogues, an universe of its own (remember that old Dogtanian japanese cartoon?), and it's fun!

The only negative if could think of was the story being too short... but remember it is also the first shot of an independant studio with the resources you can imagine ...and they managed to make this great little game i now recommend you to try.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2010
Jolly Rover is fun to play. A nice micture of classic point & click adventure with some casual game elements. Not to difficult, yet not to easy either. It got really funny dialogue with a couple of laughs and great characters.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2013
I like the good mix of pirate humor and nonsense voodoo magic. Puzzles can be solved reasonably quickly with some subtle game hints. Nice short game to spend a few hours.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2011
Jolly Rover is a fun little classic point & click style adventure game. You play as James Rover, a dog who wants to be a clown but ends up becoming a pirate (yaaaar!). if you are familiar with this genre, then you probably know exactly what to expect - the game isn't breaking any huge molds. But what it does, it does well. None of the puzzles are too hard - if anything, most are too easy - but I thought the difficulty balance was OK (there is even a hint system available if you do get stuck). The game is also very short (5 hours or so). But if you are a fan of this genre, I think you should give it a go. The graphics are nice (though the lack of a hi-res option is lamentable), and the dialogue and voice work are good. The game is pretty funny as well. But it's definitely not for everyone. I wholly recommend it to anyone, like me, who cut their teeth on classic Sierra and Lucasarts adventure games. For anyone else, it might not be up your alley... but I do think it's worth checking out.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2012
Cute and charming point-and-click adventure. Decent voice acting, animation, exploration, story, and puzzles. There's a good hint system as well. Very reminiscent of early King's Quest titles, but with a more modernized game design.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 25, 2012
Cute little point-and-click adventure. As par for the course there are some obnoxious puzzle bits that don't make sense or work the way you'd like, but there is a built-in help system, so that's a nice touch.
Overall, not bad for a few dollars, but I wouldn't spend more then that.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
When i first popped open this title, I lacked a will to continue due to it being outside of my comfort zone (genre wise). Fastforward 16 hours later and it's a title that impressed me all the way to its ending. I recommend if in the mood for some lighthearted adventure.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2012
Best point and click adventure I have ever played these couple of years! To think it is an indie development. Jolly Rover had me spoilt with complete voiced dialogue! The puzzles are all logical so one wouldn't be stuck for long. Plus it is simply an hilarious game sometimes even poking fun at itself. When you are done with it, you can replay it with developer's commentary enabled which will include the voice actors' auditions and other hidden gems. Try it out. At only 6.99, you get more kick out of it then a cup of caffeine!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2013
A very mischievous adventure, beat the game twice just to get all the achievements. Recommend playing this game :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2012
A fun little adventure game filled with pirates, voodoo and a shipload of dog puns. Amusing throughout, Jolly Rover offers inoffensive, yet quality humor, challenging puzzles that never cross the infuriating logic line and simply a charming experience overall.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 6, 2012
This is quite a funny little adventure. The best way to describe it would be as "Noob's first point-and-click adventure" and I say this for a few reasons.

1. You are given a general tutorial on what to do, but also you are given a hint ability in the form of a parrot names Juan.

2. When you hover your mouse over something you can interact with, the name shows up in purple if something new will happen, white if there's nothing more interesting about it, same with using items with it.

3. This might sound a bit silly coming from me, but they're Anthros, though in a more "kid-friendly" sort of way and it's quite harmless with no scenes of blood or violence let alone swear words.

As you can see it seems to be aimed as a younger age range, however I enjoyed playing it because it was atleast a little funny and it makes you feel smart by being so easy and many different collectables in the game. Crackers (to use for hints if stuck), peices of eight and flag peices. A fun and harmless game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2010
A fun little old-school point-and-click adventure game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 21, 2012
I love the story, the wacky characters, the puzzles are fun and creative, the visual style, I love the "silly clown", I just love it. It's an amazing indie game. I never really liked the point and click adventure games before but after playing Jolly Rover I started to love the genre. I definitely recommend it. It's worth every penny. I'm really hoping for a sequel one day.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2011
a really fun adventure game that harkens back to the old-school LucasArts type from the 90s
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