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After Work, You Can Play!

By Mark S. Kuhar

There’s a new video game in town and it features, well, rocks! ATLUS dropped a quarry's worth of new assets and information for the upcoming Rock of Ages, a game of tower offense featuring fast-paced strategy, high art, and gigantic boulders of doom.

The game, according to the company, is being called “a rock-solid combination of deep strategy, rock-rolling action, and captivating art and music from throughout history. Two castles stand opposed, bridged by an uneven, narrow pathway. One is yours, and you're quite fond of it. See how the parapets catch the sunlight ever so stylishly? The other is your enemy's; they're a jerk, and their crappy crenellations are driving down your property values. Also, their castle sucks, justification enough to try [to] crush it using an enormous rolling stone. Unfortunately, they'll have a chance to plan and build up some security; doing everything they can to derail your razing rock. Get through their defenses and you're one step closer to crushing their unsightly tower (see also: their hopes and dreams). But don't take your turn for ‘granite.’ Once your turn is over, your opponent's begins.”

The new game is slated for digital release for PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PC.

The "Rock Beats Everything" trailer is both a tribute to gaming history and also a great sampling of Rock of Ages' zany, over-the-top humor. Releasing alongside the trailer for the game is a batch of screenshots, offering up “stunning vistas, ground-shaking collisions, and some of the breathtaking visual design and brilliantly integrated classic art history that has helped garner buzz and excitement for the game,” according to the developers.

This isn’t something you’ll want to have on your PC in the production trailer at the quarry, but by all means, continue to play with rocks once you get home. No one knows them better than you!

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