Giant Boulder of Death in Review: It’s Giant… And Deadly!

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Pik Pok already had one incredible infinite runner on their hands with Into The Dead, so when I saw that they were the creative force behind [adult swim]’s latest release Giant Boulder of Death I just had to check it out.  That was a big mistake on my part.  Not because the game is bad by any means, but because now I’m addicted to the idea of crushing everything in my path with a large rocky object.  Even though you might think you’re sick of “infinite whatever” style games, if you have the slightest depraved sense of humor you owe it to yourself to check out this title.  The rest of you just go back to your humdrum lives.

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You control the titular Giant Boulder of Death, and you must seek revenge for the heinous chiseling of your beloved boulder-ette into a hideous statue.  Pretty much all you have to do is guide the boulder over anything that looks like it might easily crush under your spiteful weight, and avoid all the bad things with spikes that seek to stop you from your quest.  The longer you travel in a single game the crazier the terrain gets, so be sure to avoid the sudden cliffs that appear which will inevitably be detrimental to your health.  If you do happen to die you can revive yourself with one and then two gems, but the third time’s not such a charm with a resounding game over.  As you clean up the landscape and rack up points you’ll build up your destructo-meter, and when that gets full you temporarily become invinciboulder and can decimate all those things you’ve only dreamed about destroying before.  Make sure you take advantage of that.

To control the game you simply tilt to steer and tap to jump.  Normally I prefer the option of some sort of screen alternative to tilting, but I haven’t had any issues with the controls so far.  The game has two forms of currency: gems and coins.  Gems are used for reviving the boulder when you die, spinning for boosts at the beginning of a game and enhancing individual boosts once you’ve spun.  They’re not bountiful but if you should be able to collect one each round as long as you play long enough.  Coins are a lot more prevalent and help you buy power ups to make your boulder better as well as permanently increase the effectiveness of your boosts.  The game does have leaderboards, which I believe flow through Facebook.  More importantly, however, is the “gallery o’ victims”, which is six pages of enemies and things to run over, most of which must be unlocked by completing tasks in the game.  This is what will keep you coming back again and again to play.

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I’m not real keen on what has been dubbed “Minecraft” style graphics, but in this case the blocky artwork actually works quite nicely.  The different characters are well designed and some of the animation can actually bit a bit humorous.  It’s also fun to watch your boulder fragments reign down on fleeing bystanders when you explode after you die.  Don’t worry, though, because the visuals are G rated even in death.  The sound effects are nice and varied and provide a decent chuckle between the mumblings of the soldiers when a new weapon is unleashed and the cries of the bystanders before they get plowed down.  The music is decent, though the best part of the score is when the lady yodels “game over” at the end of a run.

I’ve never been a fan of the [adult swim] programming block on Cartoon Network, but the games can actually be rather amusing.  I would say this is probably the best of the lot to date.  It’s simple to play, fun to look at and listen to, and keeps drawing you back with all the different bystanders to unlock.  Of course I’m not sure how enticing the game will be once all the victims have been revealed, but thankfully I don’t see that problem arising any time soon.

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App Summary
Title: Giant Boulder of DeathDeveloper: [adult swim]
Reviewed Ver:1.02Min OS Req:6.0
Price:FreeApp Size:35.3 MB
  • You get to roll over stuff
  • Plenty of things to unlock and level up
  • Nice visuals
  • Fun yodeling soundtrack
  • Not much depth to the game
  • Questionable shelf life beyond unlocking all victims

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