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Rock Boshers (2014) is a retro action adventure inspired by Spectrum and NES games, where you help young Queen Victoria fight her way to escape from Mars. You play by moving around the blocky Martian world, shooting enemies to clear a path for the Queen.

You battle your way through the landscape to get to the exit of each level by taking on soldiers, zombies, giant bugs and tanks. You need to avoid the cycling enemies, shoot through landscape to find secrets and sneak past guards. One stick controls the direction and the other controls the direction of shooting. As you progress you collect equipment and weapons (coal rockets and steam lasers for example.

Along with the main game are a collection of (even more) retro arcade games. You find these hidden in levels as snacks. There are also light puzzles to solve by collecting and using keys to open doors and circumvent enemy placements.

The result is a gleefully backwards and simplistic action adventure game. However, while the visuals are restrained and the music sticks to synth sounds of the 80's the gameplay offers more challenge and nuance than you would expect. It's a delight in all of its 15 colours (or a few more if you opt for the NES visuals).

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Rock Boshers 20 months ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Shooting and Traversal game with Action, Adventure and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.

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Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for mild violence.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need good reactions and resilience to keep trying if you fail.


Rock Boshers usually costs £5.49.

Rock Boshers DX: Director's Cut

Steam Store PC £5.49
Steam Store Mac £5.49

Rock Boshers

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 10/12/2014, updated in 2018

Out Now: PC, PS Vita, PS4 and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Shooting, Traversal (Action, Adventure and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 19 features

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels

Developer: Tikipod Ltd (@TikipodLtd)

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