September 6, 2013 2:25 PM | John Polson
I've played a few side-scrolling, rocket-piloting games in my day, but most haven't had an addictive element to keep me playing. However, White Snake Games' Rocketeer (Feat. Nixon) has a taste of grinding along with missions and some silly banter to take me higher and higher.
You play in an alternate reality where Nixon is in charge of the Soviet space program, and you must pilot and improve his rocket, trying to fly as high and as fast as possible while collecting money, research, and fuel. Make sure to land safely, or you'll waste all the money you collected. Landing isn't as ridiculously hard or accurate as other similar games, just approach it slowly and steadily.
After a few trips, you'll perform missions to unlock more upgrades. The missions are a bit silly and fetch-y, such as recovering critical components that Nixon has misplaced (in the sky), but with a name like Rocketeer (Feat. Nixon), it seems fitting. I admit I was hoping to see Nixon as the the comic book hero Rocketeer, but I suppose that will have to wait for another day.