Sometimes when I sit down to review one of these bite-sized indie games on the market I find myself wondering how I’m going to make much of a review out of it. Some games are just so simplistic and have little going on that there just isn’t a whole lot to say about them. Slap the Rocks is the latest game I ran into this problem with. It’s the latest game from publisher eastasiasoft and developers AFIL Games and Ratalaika Games and here’s what it’s all about.
Slap the Rock is a casual puzzle game where you play as a man who is apparently a treasure hunter. You are armed with a sword and have to use it to destroy bushes and push stones around in order to reach a treasure chest at the end of each of the 30 levels in the game. You may have played a game that works like this before as I know I have as anytime you hit a rock with your sword it travels in the direction you hit it until it hits something. There are holes in the ground in each level and you have to fill them up with a rock in order to travel over them.
The levels start off easy to solve at first but add a few new wrinkles as you get to the latter ones. These include multiple paths where you have to figure out the right one to take or chests that are fake that when you try to open them will cause you to restart. One of these levels comes not to far in where I saw a chest blocked off by a bunch of holes and was left wondering how I was going to fill them. It wasn’t until I went a bit further in the level that I knocked another rock into another hole and swiped away a bush to discover the real chest hidden within it. Most of the time you’ll just be trying out different things to see what works and if you mess up, you’ll have to restart from a checkpoint sign.
Outside of what I just described there is nothing more to say about the game really. You pretty much do that for each of the 30 levels with nothing changing along the way. Most levels can be completed in just a few minutes so this game probably won’t last you but an hour or two. Besides the lack of content, I also didn’t like how slow the character movement was and how it felt like there was a delay in my inputs. The visuals are nothing special and there isn’t much variety in them either. You really just have trees, dirt, and rocks to look at through all 30 levels and you listen to the same background music track through all of them as well. Of course, most of the games from eastasiasoft are aimed at trophy/achievement hunters and if you are one of them, you’ll find a very easy list comprised of 13 trophies. To earn them all you only have to beat around 12 out of the 30 stages.
Slap the Rocks is an OK casual puzzle game but one that is over quick and just feels like you are going through the motions while playing it. I’ve certainly played better from eastasiasoft and unless you are just venturing in for the easy trophies I recommend you pass on this one.
*Slap the Rocks is available now on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. PlayStation 5 version reviewed. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.