Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Giant Boulder of Death: It's coming, run for your life!

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My idea of a good game is quite simple, I look for games which are simple to play, must have attractive graphics and should not be too heavy for the underlying hardware. Though I do not always adhere to it and I have chosen to play and enjoyed heavy games like NFS: Most wanted or Frontline Commando: D-Day because of their great game play and stunning graphics. Also, unknowingly mostly the games I like to play on my Android devices, falls in the platform genre even though my favorites are the FPS games.

Today, I am going to talk about a game which is quite simple to play, have lovely graphics and it cannot be considered as a heavy game. It's name is 'Giant Boulder of Death (GBOD)' and it is presented by Adult swim games. Kids also like this easy to play game and find it addictive. 


The concept of GBOD game is, you control a giant boulder which is rolling down from a mountain at a high speed. There is a valley, animal grazing fields, trees, huts, people and animals and you are expected to crush them all to score points and coins. But mind you, it is all done in a comic way and there is no blood or any sort of violence shown, so it is completely safe for your kids. 

Note: No animals were harmed while developing this game :).


As the game start, on the launch screen you see the coins and diamond you have on the top end and other options to access the upgrades and goals and also the daily challenges.



Giant boulder of death: Launch screen
Giant boulder of death: Launch screen
As you play the game you earn coins and also collect diamonds which we will talk about later. These coins can be used to buy upgrades, these upgrades are of two types i.e. 'Permanent' and for 'Spinners'. Basically these upgrades help you to score more and quickly.

Giant boulder of death: Available upgrades
Giant boulder of death: Available upgrades
Once the boulder starts rolling, you will be shown the current goal which should be achieved. On the left hand side there is a vertical bar which shows the score multiplier, as you keep moving forward and scoring, this bar will begin to fill. And as soon it is filled completely your boulder will become invincible for a short period of time, I will talk about it in the later part.


Giant boulder of death: Showing current goal
Giant boulder of death: Showing current goal
Game Controls
The GBOD controls are very simple, to control the boulder movement you can choose tilt control which I prefer or on screen control for left and right turn or joystick control too, and for jump you need to flick your finger on the screen from down to up, that's it and you are all set.

Giant boulder of death: It's all about destruction
Giant boulder of death: It's all about destruction
The boulder can crush most of the objects which comes on its way for example the animals, people, small huts etc. and you score points for that. There are some objects which it cannot crush like big buildings, though these buildings are harmless to the boulder, but there are these deadly spikes and if the boulder dashes the spikes, boulder breaks down into pieces and your game gets over. It is better to avoid the spikes by moving away from it or by jump over it. Then there are also moving mines which can explode if it touches boulder, so better avoid it also.


Giant boulder of death: The invincible boulder
Giant boulder of death: The invincible boulder
Becoming invincible is a way to crush these big buildings, deadly spikes or mines. As you fill the multiplier bar completely, your boulder becomes invincible for a short period of time and then nothing can withstand the invincible boulder.


Giant boulder of death: The score card
Giant boulder of death: The score card

Giant boulder of death: Unlocking characters
Giant boulder of death: Unlocking characters
If you complete the goal the character associated with the goal gets unlocked and start showing on the field. Scoring more is rewarded with extra coins.

In the game, infrequently you will see diamonds too which are available to grab. These diamonds can be used to continue the same game if you boulder breaks down without losing the progress and for other similar purposes.

GBOD game updates bring new themes for the boulder which can then be unlocked with the help of coins and diamonds. Latest in the series is the heavy metal boulder theme.

Giant boulder of death: Unlocking themes
Giant boulder of death: Unlocking themes
How much it costs you: Not a single penny.

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