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Rocket Knight

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
70
3.0
Windows
59
2.9
Xbox 360
69
3.0
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Description

Rocket Knight is a 2.5D platformer and a reboot of the Rocket Knight series from the nineties, with the titles Rocket Knight Adventures and Sparkster. Players control Sparkster, a jet pack-powered opossum through levels with different themes. The game is set in Ethorn, in the kingdom Zephyrus. Fifteen years after the events of the previous game Sparkster leads a quiet farming life with his wife and kid when the mountain wolves suddenly attack with warships. Sparkster once vowed to protect the kingdom at all costs, but was disappointed when the king made an alliance with the Devotindos of the Pig Empire, who once attacked the kingdom. Regardless of the decisions the king made in the past, Sparkster immediately equips his gear and once again will defend the kingdom. It also marks the return of his rivalry with Axel, who likes to hinder Sparkster's progress and attempts to take the credit for his victories.

Aside from the graphical overhaul Rocket Knight also borrows some gameplay elements from the previous games and expands upon them. Sparkster has a number of basic movement options that allow him to jump and glide on rails. Much more important is the rocket pack that allows him to burst into the air in different directions, ricocheting off walls and attacking at the same time. Using this depletes a burst meter that takes some time to refill, except for the ice levels where it can only be restored using power-ups or by standing next to fire. These rocket bursts are needed to move around the levels and in later parts of the game it requires precise timing to quickly travel between platforms. A rocket burst can also be complemented with a burst drill by double tapping, making Sparkster break through walls. Burst assist can be used to hover temporarily in the air.

Next to the basic attacks with his sword, Sparkster can use burst to engage enemies, using burst shot to launch a bolt of energy, burst vortex to whirl on the spot with his sword and rail spin to attack when hanging on a rail. Many objects can be destroyed and some enemy projectiles can be reflected. Most of the levels follow regular platform gameplay with checkpoints and level bosses, but there are also a number of flying levels where Sparkster flies permanently into the air at a fixed speed and the game is turned into a horizontally-scrolling shooter. One of the later levels also has a vertically-scrolling section in a chasm and these later levels also put much more focus on the platform element and quick reflexes rather instead of merely attacking enemies.

During the levels Sparkster can pick up hearts to restore energy, collect diamonds and extra lives. When all lives are used up, a number of continues are available, but at the cost of having to restart the level. The main Arcade mode follows the story and afterwards these levels become available in the Free Play mode. Similar to the older titles in the series Sparkster can unlock new outfits, such as Gold Sparkster and Axel's gear. High scores and completion times for both individual stages and full Arcade modes are ranked in global leaderboards.

Screenshots

Rocket Knight Windows Watch out for the mines below
Rocket Knight Windows Attacking an air ship
Rocket Knight Windows Introduction sequence: Sparkster has a quiet life now.
Rocket Knight Windows One of the flying levels, with completely different gameplay mechanics

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The Press Says

Xboxdynasty (XD) Xbox 360 May 18, 2010 8.6 out of 10 86
GameSpot Xbox 360 May 19, 2010 8 out of 10 80
4Players.de PlayStation 3 May 12, 2010 80 out of 100 80
Cheat Code Central Windows May, 2010 3.8 out of 5 76
Cheat Code Central PlayStation 3 2010 3.8 out of 5 76
IGN Xbox 360 May 12, 2010 7.5 out of 10 75
Teletext PlayStation 3 2010 6 out of 10 60
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 May 07, 2010 6 out of 10 60
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox 360 May 21, 2010 9 out of 20 45
Jeuxvideo.com Windows May 21, 2010 9 out of 20 45

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