RollerDrome review by

RollerDrome review by


New project from the parents of Olli Olli World, RollerDrome is at the crossroads of Jet Set Radio, Max Payne and Sable.

You are Kara Hassan, the new darling of a sport that has become a veritable institution: the Rollerdrome, a competition in which tricks are as important as well-aimed pistol shots in the head of the competitors. We are in 2030 and society, driven by an entity with disturbing intentions, is galvanized by the morbid spectacles. This interesting backdrop will remain skilfully discreet, here, it’s the sport that counts. And each time you climb the ladder of the championship eyeing the final, it’s always the same refrain: at each start, your skates squeal on the floor while you gain momentum; then it’s the beginning of a deadly performance under the rhythm of a frankly vibrant 80s synthwave atmosphere. The aesthetics are just as crazy with its Mœbius-like decors, recently popularized by the game Sable. The animations are sometimes rigid, tearing a bit of charm from Kara’s figures. But the overall energy remains vibrant.

Max Payne and Tony Hawk

The fishing of Jet Set Radio, the technique of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, the slow motions of Max Payne and the aesthetics of Sable: the mix offered in Rollerdrome is explosive, it can even cause some concern before we dive into experience. Yet each ingredient cited is vital and constitutes a formula that works brilliantly for a well-balanced gameplay. : If death is the figurehead of Rollerdrome matches, the tricks are no less essential and the grinds follow one another, making the ride very pleasant. Their handling is very fast and pleasant, each movement benefiting from its dedicated tutorial. Finally, the well-placed backswings allow you some equally delicious flights.

Rollerdrome: The successful mix between Max Payne and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
Rollerdrome: The successful mix between Max Payne and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

The success of the tricks is mainly used to snatch new ammunition for your range of weapons which expands with the levels, enough to offer a good feeling of progression. Duo of pistol, shotgun, grenade launcher, laser… their needs as their purpose are different and the whole has an exemplary complementarity in the face of rather varied enemy archetypes. Your deadly dance is assisted by replays that you will quickly multiply, and during which you can perfect piercing shots. Their succession provides great satisfaction and the competition gradually becomes an elegant game of dodging where life points are harvested from the remains of your opponents. Think of the experience more as a race for scoring and completing challenges rather than a contest of pretty tricks and you’ll have a great time.

Rollerdrome Champion

As you progress through the great Rollerdrome competition, it is an ever more difficult path that is taking shape and which outlines a frankly well-balanced difficulty. It will not only be a question of knocking down all your opponents, it will also be necessary to complete a certain number of challenges for a new stage to open its doors to you. So depending on your ease with the genre, the lifespan can easily vary between six to ten hours. Especially since once the main campaign is complete, a particularly robust mode is still available to the more daring. And until the big victory which would make you inherit the title of the most valiant champion of the Rollerdrome league, the experience grabs you in its wonderful flow. There are all the same the decorations which do not succeed enough in disorienting the retina. The landscapes remain similar throughout the stages even though we hope to be surprised, the bosses may also lack diversity and the matches generally still retain the same flavor, all the same very pleasant.

Rollerdrome: The successful mix between Max Payne and Tony Hawk's Pro SkaterRollerdrome: The successful mix between Max Payne and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater


Strong points

  • Excellent feelings
  • Well-balanced gameplay between tricks and shots
  • A pleasant grip
  • A good sense of progress
  • An excellent soundtrack
  • The very fashionable Mœbius-style AD

Weak points

  • Somewhat stiff animations
  • Little diversified decorations

Rollerdrome is undeniably one of the must-watch indie games of the summer for its excellent feel, satisfying punching shots, and vibrant 80s soundtrack. And if the beauty of the tricks is secondary, their usefulness during a hyper rhythmic performance constitutes a clever balance and very well balanced in terms of gameplay.

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