October 1, 2015 8:24 PM | Sean Flint
As a human being, there is nothing more enjoyable than being in earshot of a cringeworthy pun. The sort of play on words that manages to bring a smile to your face as you bring your palm to your face and shake your head in shame. Roll Playing Game has no shame when it comes to making bad puns, and I could not be happier. The title alone just goes to show exactly what sort of humor you can expect from this rhythmic ball-roller.
Roll Playing Game caught my eye with it's simple, yet nicely-polished visuals. The minimal backgrounds provide the perfect amount of ambiance without drawing any of your focus away from the main play area. What kept me playing was the tight controls, challenging gameplay, and the solid soundtrack.
When I first came across Roll Playing Game, I was immediately reminded of something that I couldn't quite put my finger on. While the developers of the game state that it plays like a combination of Trials Fusion and Marble Madness, which I can agree with, that just wasn't it. Finally, I came to the realization that Roll Playing Game reminds me not of a video game, but of those old mazes with the small metal ball. The sort that was encased in a plastic cover and you would manipulate it in an attempt to get the ball through the maze and into the maze on the flip-side. Having not played with or even thought about those toys in years, I figured it was definitely worth giving a video game version of one of my favorite childhood toys a shot.
As has already been established, Roll Playing Game slaps you in the face with puns, and manages to keep them coming. If the title itself wasn't enough to cause a sigh and a slight head shake, then perhaps a joke about the game featuring "well-rounded characters" will push you over the edge. I find the game's sense of humor refreshing, as it gives some personality to what could have easily been a very bland experience.
Developed using Unreal Engine 4, Roll Playing Game features smooth performance and crisp visuals. Combining a solid concept with tight controls and some very challenging levels makes it a game that is definitely worth a look if you're into difficult puzzle/arcade titles. If you're wondering if Roll Playing Game is something to..marble...at, I urge you to have a look at the alpha demo.
Roll Playing Game is currently scheduled for a Winter 2015 release, and will be available on Windows, Linux, and Mac through Steam, where it was Greenlit in less than a week. Also, if you have a terrible ball-related pun on your mind after reading this, please leave it down below in the comments. I'd love to hear it.