And so to the latest app from [adult swim], the guys behind the Robot Chicken TV series and a modest handful of apps including the excellent Robot Unicorn Attack 2.
What we have here is essentially an endless roller, as the Giant Boulder of Death screams down a mountainside.
The aim of the game is twofold: firstly you want to keep rolling for as long as possible, while destroying as much stuff as possible – preferably racking up huge scores in the process.
Attempting to thwart your progress, you’ll find – among other things – stationary spikes, rolling spikes, and giant tank thingies. Take a single hit and it’s Game Over, but needless to say there’s a continue system with gems (which I’ll get back to later).
Giant Boulder of Death also adopts an interesting mission system. There are over 160 goals, and each of those unlocks a spanking new object to smash in the game, including sheep, golden geese and cars, each with a specific value.
As you destroy stuff, you fill the meter for the Invinciboulder. When it’s unleashed, the Giant Boulder of Death grows in size (with spikes for added effect), and can blast through anything and everything in the playing area, including buildings that were previously too big, and the aforementioned hazards.
Being free, there is of course a fairly significant freemium element in Giant Boulder of Death, with two currencies in play.
Firstly, the aforementioned gems. With those, you can continue, or pay to skip missions. You can generally pick up one or two per run, or pay anything from £1.49 to £69.99 for a gem pack.
You’ll also find coins dotted around the Giant Boulder of Death playing area. With those, you can pay to boost your Jump Height, Steering Speed and Invinci Duration. Again, you can pay from £1.49 to £69.99 if you’re too lazy to, like, play the game.
The final element of note is the slightly convoluted spin system. I won’t go into too much detail, but essentially you can spin a fruit machine thingy before each run for three modifiers. You get one free spin every 10 minutes, and each modifier thingy can be enhanced with gems (one-off) or coins (permanently).
And that’s Giant Boulder of Death in four hundred words. Despite essentially being another endless runner, there’s plenty of interest going on, most notably the addition of further things to crush when you complete goals. Fun.
- Over 70 destructible objects
- Three different boulders (standard, pink, pumpkin)
- The freemium element isn’t too imposing
- Yeah, it’s another endless runner
- Intrinsically quite samey
- Fairly tough (easier goals with the pink boulder, however)
Summary: Giant Boulder of Death is a fun take on the endless runner, ultimately tasking you with crushing everything in sight with – yes – a giant boulder. Definitely worth a look.
Developer: [adult swim]
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Android requirements: Gingerbread 2.3 or above.