Monday, June 19, 2017

Roger


Roger's on a frantic run to collect lots of jewels for his rather demanding girlfriend, Georgette, in this is a fast-paced 25 level platformer released in 2004 by Tobe of MJJ. However, this "platformer" has too many jewels scattered about everywhere, without any ladders and very few ledges to use. So how will poor Roger complete his task?

Bubbles, of course! So all he needs to do is jump on one and, when it bursts, the force thrusts him upwards. If there's another bubble, then the cycle continues and he can use this speed and momentum to reach all the required jewels. Roger only has so much energy, so it's advisable to avoid the sharp spikes which will burst on contact and also drain valuable energy. Thankfully power-pills can be collected to compensate but they are often few and far between...

Use the joystick to walk left or right with the fire button helping Roger leap with joy onto his first bubble. Once you begin bubble-jumping, it's simply a matter of altering your direction towards the next whilst passing the nearby jewels to collect as you're zooming through the air. Previously burst bubbles will reappear after a second or so and this cunningly allows you to revisit all the places that you may have missed or perhaps faltered on a hop.

The graphics are a mixed bag; Roger's sprite is absolutely superb with sidesplitting animation and I could watch those lanky legs walk for hours!! Sadly, the in-game decor is quite boring with drab backgrounds that only change every 5 levels and I'm sure better could have been designed with an itsy-bitsy more flare.

However, the framerates are frighteningly fast with scrolling that will leave you gasping, all thanks to the Blitter coprocessor. To be honest, this game would never have worked with anything other than a fast and smooth screen scroll, and it's quite breathtaking!

Sound effects are clear and crisp, perfectly suited to the style and I like the explosion sound for the spikes. Magnificent chipmusic plays throughout. Well, I say magnificent but that's because I cannot think of a better word! It is absolutely amazing and certainly proves that chiptunes will last forever - I can listen to this all day long!!

Roger is quite a unique experience and feels like an airborne Boulder Dash, to me. It's easy to pick up and play but learning the location of jewels might take some practice and can be a little disorientating at first. However, I guarantee you won't be able to put down your joystick because hopping from bubble to bubble looking for treasure is frantic and downright silly. Legendary gameplay that is extremely addictive and provides an awesome adrenalin rush!!

LINKS

 - Roger can be found lurking on Demozoo and Pouet for floppy disk and hard drive installation.
 - 8BitChip also has a hard drive installable version ready to go.
 - TobĂ© excellent archive is fully detailed on Demozoo, although he did stray a little ;-)