Giant Boulder of Death review: a surprisingly spirited, smash and crash derby
As the name suggests, in GBOD you take the role of a... well, a rolling, massive hunk of rock whose life goal is wrecking havoc and unleashing complete and utter destruction on a unsuspecting, never-ending valley that slopes for many miles. The gameplay and aim of the game are simple enough for even a four year-old to grasp: you need to obliterate as much as possible, whether it's stray peasants, their livestock, or even their homes. To control the boulder, simply tilt your phone left and right (you can change this in Settings), and press the screen whenever you want to jump over an obstacle. Indeed, you should stay alert, as the kingdom you're terrorizing is not at all without means of defense – soldiers will erect spiked walls in your path, and litter the land with mines that are out to get you. And be careful with bigger buildings – you're not enough of a boulder to come smashing through these.
Not until you annihilate enough objects and generate enough 'power' (seen in the power bar on the left) to become an “Invinciboulder”, at least. An Invinciboulder, like any proper Invicinboulder, is an expert at shredding stuff to pieces. What's more, no structure, no matter how spike-y, will be able to withstand your awesome power. Believe it or not, in concert with the wacky soundtrack, this makes for a very relaxing, but hilarious experience.
Given how GBOD is free, you should obviously expect ads and in-app purchases. The latter will allow you to quickly upgrade you boulder into an even more impressive piece of rock, though you can obviously collect coins whilst smashing everything around them to bits, and modify your abilities that way. Moreover, if you ever get tired of smashing through the same realm over and over again, you can buy your way into another, with a different theme, at the cost of gems (rare) or just good old hard cash. These ought to keep you involved for at least a couple of weeks. We know they kept us glued to the screen, at least.
- Easyto play
- Diverseand immersive world
- Avariety of themes
- Abit ad-heavy
- Gems(for IAPs) are hard to come by
- Canbe a bit heavy on older hardware