Published on March 28th, 2015 | by Patrick Garde0
Flop Rocket Review
Flop Rocket, from developer Butterscotch Shenanigans, is a goofy side-scroller about some astronauts trying to take-off from a space game. Part Jetpack Joyride and part its own crazy formula, Flop Rocket is an incredibly fun and challenging arcade game for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) and Android where players have a distinct – if seemingly impossible, due to free to pay barriers – goal, in lieu of the common endless game mode.
From the start, it’s apparent that this game is about space shenanigans, featuring two overzealous and random astronauts as they get pumped for their in-cave take off. The players role is navigating the astronaut’s rocket through an incredibly long and dangerous cave. Why they built a launch pad in here is beyond me. The eventual goal here is getting out into open space, but this isn’t possible from the get go. First, you’ve got to go through the game a few times, upgrading your ship as you go. Unfortunately, one of the most vital upgrades is locked behind a payment barrier, the armor. Each time you bump into a wall, a rock or a creature (yes, there are space ducks and giant worms) you lose armor. Unless you upgrade your floppy little rocket, you only get one piece of it. This makes the game main goal more of a pain than it needs to be, but I believe it is still possible to complete the game without this, it just requires dexterity and patience.
The supplementary details of Flop Rocket are great. The visuals are quaint, detailed and vibrant. The music is as fitting as any for a cartoon space cave adventure. Along the way throughout the cave, aside from rocks and creatures, you’ve got to worry about fuel. In the beginning, you don’t have much fuel, certainly not enough to get past the first couple of refuelling checkpoints. There are pick-up items as you go, which can also be purchased at the beginning of any take-off. The control scheme is unique, and, although it can be confusing to use at times, it fits the required task perfectly. If you don’t like the default scheme, then there are options for that.
Flop Rocket will frustrate players at their core, and it will take a lot of effort, patience and research to reach outer space from the dank cave you leave from. However, this frustration is often enjoyable aside from the payment barriers and occasional control slip-ups that may occur.
Summary: Flop Rocket is an arcade game that is worth your time. This game from Butterscotch Shenanigans offers an enjoyable and challenging pick-up-and-play gameplay. It is an endless runner with originality that will surely entertain you. Download it now on your iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) and Android devices.