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POSTED 22/10/11


ROCKETBIRDS: HARDBOILED CHICKEN

Ratloop Asia
PS3/PSN

The Cold War – Yanks and Russkies going hammer ‘n’ tongs with the mistrusting, yeah? Well, apparently there was a similar standoff between chickens and penguins.

Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken lets us in on this apparent fowl freezedicament, as you fill the boots – for here the chickens they be wearin’ the bootses - of Hardboiled Chicken. He’s one hard chickenfucker. Well, assuming he has the odd hen on the side to rumpety-pumpety with, natch.

We’re talking side-scrolling 2Dish platforming, with occasional jetpack action – or ‘jetpaction’. Flightless our feathered parson’s nosed arse! The latter bits are ace, but all too infrequent, reminding us of ’80s arcade awesomeness Time Pilot. The former – platformy bits, for the short attention spanned - can frustrate. Page slides in, you traverse it, approach the edge, another page slides in. Obviously a stylistic choice, it can be mucho percucking annoying.

Speaking of style, R:HC has overload; it almost oozes from your PS3, congeals all puddlesque Terminatoristically and makes a beeline to your wardrobe to detonate any instances of legwarmers, hypercolour or shoulder pads. It’s like a Quentin Tarantino/John Kricfalusi coproduction, with liberal sprinklings of Tintin and pharmaceutical input by Timothy Leary.

However, puzzles are b-a-s-i-c – need swipecard, slide box, jump, run, blammo pengies, find it, schlep back to door, open it - and there’s little challenge from adversaries, unless there’s a swarmy fucktonne. The ability to mind control penguins at certain points is cool though.

Music from US emo/prog rockers New World Revolution adds buckets to the style surfeit, accompanying cutscenes of flashbacks to Hardboiled’s childhood and the many wrongs he suffered at the flightless wings of arsehole totalitarian penguins. Again, we can’t overstate how utterly fucking stylish this game is.

But all the style ever can’t mask that Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken is more rubber chicken than MMMmmm... chicken. Percuck.

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