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Published on March 13th, 2013 | by Chris Ramirez, Editor

Rochard Hard Times DLC Review

Developer: Recoil Games
Genre: Shooter/Puzzler
Platform: PC [Reviewed]
Release Date: March 1, 2013
MSRP: $1.99

Review Notes: A game code was received for review purposes.

It has been more than a year since we last saw John Rochard and his crew fight for survival. With clean graphics, combat and puzzle mechanics, we at GAMINGturth fell for the charm of this charismatic average joe.

For those who missed out on the game, Rochard was great, but had little reply value once the the credits rolled. Early last month, Recoil Games surprised a lot of fans with the announcement of the Hard Times DLC. With the release of the pack, there is no excuse for any PC gamer not to want to take the game (and DLC) for a spin.

The original game focused on combat, with an excellent puzzle element that ultimately took a back seat. Hard Times, however, reverses the roles. For those who thought the original puzzles were easy, rest assured, the four additional levels included is not an anti-gravity walk in the park. The included levels are Container Chaos, Shaft Shuffle, Brainyard and Assembly Line.

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Electrified floors and force fields that only allow certain objects to pass is just a small taste of the obstacles you will face

Each of the four levels is named after the type of challenge you will face. Using all of your abilities form the original game, you may start each puzzle thinking, “What the hell am I suppose to do?” For example, Assembly Line starts you with six assembly belts (labeled with a letter) going in different directions. You have about 20 seconds before a crate appears out of one belt with a designated letter of another belt.  Letting the crate drop to the electrical floor will cause one of three lights to turn on. Turn on all three lights and you fail. You must think and act fast to get through the puzzle.

What makes these puzzles interesting is there is little room for error. Otherwise you are going to fail. Thinking too long about the puzzle as a whole will lead you to failure. To be successful, you have to adopt a trial and error strategy: take each element of the puzzle one at a time while thinking about the affects of the next element. Obstacles you will face include electrified floors, switching force fields that either a block you or items, crates filled with explosives, censored torrents, and occasionally actual enemies.

Four additional levels do not seem like a whole lot of content. However, these puzzles are so challenging that this DLC easily adds an additional four hours to an already approximately eight hour campaign.

Each puzzle has a unique look and feel. In addition, every solution is unique as well. You are continuously using your abilities, and the changing the gravitational pull in different ways to maneuver yourself through each challenge.

The puzzles are difficult, but not “throw your controller at your screen” challenging. The puzzles are cleverly designed to keep you engaged. Figuring out one element brings great satisfaction and motivation to figure out the next, and finishing the level brings a great sense of accomplishment.

Final Truth:

The Hard Times DLC is a great addition to an already great game. For those who do not own the base game, this is a great time to pick it up at the Steam Store.

The DLC is priced at $1.99, so there is really no reason why you should not try it if you’re looking for some more content for Rochard.

Rating: 8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 

+ Controls
+ Stylized graphics
+ Focus on puzzles instead of combat
+ Extremely challenging
+Price
– Brings no additional content to the story
– Little replay value
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