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Review: Rock ‘n’ Roll will never die!

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Rarely do games define a generation. However, when it happens, the experience is spectacular. Now, for me, I fell in love with the point-and-click genre. It was a combination of striking artistry, witty and often rude dialogue, and taxing gameplay. Therefore, when a new title hits the market, I’m itching to give it a go. Rock ‘n’ Roll will never die! captures everything I adore about the genre, so I knew I’d love it.

Developed by Valtteri Tavast and published by Instant Million, this is a classic point-and-click title. Valtteri is a solo developer who, like me, cherishes every old-school game. Whether it’s Day of the Tentacle, Broken Sword, Sam and Max, or Monkey Island, he couldn’t get enough. Accordingly, you can see these influences seeping from every pore of his wonderful creation.

You'll laugh from beginning to end because of the madness that unfolds.
Just a rocker talking to a dolphin!

Rock ‘n’ Roll will never die! oozes charm.

Getting the balance between witty gameplay and smutty innuendo is never easy. However, Rock ‘n’ Roll will never die! gets it just right. With mountains of dialogue, over 100 characters, and a vast amount of locations, nothing outstays its welcome. Furthermore, you’ll love and loathe many of the characters as the story unfolds. What’s more, the puzzles lack complexity and rely solely on your observational skills. This was wonderful, as it engrossed you in the narrative and built rapport with each individual.

The story is quite frankly absurd. Yet, I chuckled like an immature child throughout. With a fine combination of smut and dad humour, it’ll make you smile constantly. You control a haggard rocker who is going through a mid-life crisis. He is penniless, down on his luck, and has nothing to lose. Consequently, getting his band back together for one last tour seems a winning idea. As this plan unravels, you are taken on a hectic journey across some zany locations. Moreover, each of the anthropomorphic creatures adds energy and excitement to the plot. Whether it’s a crazed bouncer, sneaky street merchant, prison warden, bartender, or more, they all play their part.

Rock'n' Roll will never die! uses some well-trodden images in an amusing way.
Rock ‘n’ Roll and death go hand-in-hand.

Classic gameplay. 

Where Rock ‘n’ Roll will never die! excels is its reliance on classic gameplay tropes. Now, some of you may think this lacks originality. However, this isn’t the case. Much of the script, imagery, and backdrops are fresh and lack repetition. I adored the familiar nature of the action and enjoyed the wicked ride I was on. Like its peers, you are expected to scour locations to find weird and wonderful items. These random objects must be combined or used to interact with specific characters. It is these mechanics that form the basis of each puzzle that you must overcome. 

Each chapter of the game is separated into smaller areas. You’ll visit a hospital, den, prison, shops, a house party, a road trip, and more. Thankfully, every unique location focuses on the story. But the colourful characters and minor tasks create many unusual braches to explore. You may end up stealing cash to pay a busker, using magazines to overcome high-end security, taking a trip to Las Vegan, or robbing a bank. These are but a few of the things you’ll experience in this whacky and colourful title. Subsequently, you never know what will happen as you chase your Rock ‘n’ Roll dreams.

You know it'll be good when the drummer is called Apeshit.
The band wouldn’t be complete without Apeshit on drums.

Rock ‘n’ Roll will never die! looks incredible.

Alongside the excellent mechanics, the aesthetics are perfect. Rock ‘n’ Roll will never die! is easy on the eye and polished to a high standard. With a vivid colour palette, clean lines, and interesting backdrops, you won’t tire of what you see. What’s more, the fantastic locations are hand-drawn, and this adds to the original authenticity. Alongside this, you experience buttery smooth movement and no performance issues. Yes, it isn’t a demanding game, but I was still impressed. Valtteri Tavast clearly takes pride in his work and it shows from beginning to end.

What is also fantastic is the loud and theme-specific audio. The influences of heavy metal and rock are heard throughout, and this was amazing. However, it isn’t some thrash ear-bleeding affair that is off-putting. No, instead, it highlights the glam 80s music and the lighthearted nature of the plot. Further to this, the blend of songs and the change of pace wonderfully support the story.

Some of the locations make no sense. However, I suggest you go with the flow.
Explore the world and get the band back together.

Point, click, and away you go. 

What makes Rock ‘n’ Roll will never die! even better, is its fantastic control setup. It is responsive, accurate, and makes the action flow nicely. The protagonist moves at a comfortable pace, and selecting items from your inventory is simple. What’s more, conversing with different characters is easy and there were never any problems. With no practice or guidance, you will understand what needs to be done and the core fundamentals.

If you dislike the idea of being a completionist, then this is the game for you. You don’t need to solve every puzzle or problem you face. Instead, the developer allows you to skip tricky moments to keep progressing the story. However, if you want to experience every moment, you’ll need to invest 10 hours +. This is a great return for an inexpensive and enjoyable title. Moreover, there is some replay value if you wish to solve every puzzle you encounter.

Rock ‘n’ Roll will never die! is a modern classic.

Having played the best titles this genre offers, I didn’t expect to be wowed. Yet, Rock ‘n’ Roll will never die! is a modern classic. It takes the best elements from each much-loved title and creates an eclectic, amusing, and loveable experience. If you adore the genre, or you simply want to laugh at inane jokes, this is the game for you. I loved every moment and I recommend you to buy it here! Though you may be ageing, Rock ‘n’ Roll can never die. Consequently, you must reform your band, go on a zany journey, and relive your youth. 

SUMMARY

Rock 'n' Roll will never die! is a fantastic point-and-click title. It is a homage to the best the genre can offer and will make your sides hurt from laughing. I loved the puzzles, the witty and intelligent script, and the characters you encounter. It is a modern classic and a game that must be played!


+ Fantastic hand-drawn imagery.
+ The environments are varied and interesting.
+ The audio is wonderful.
+ A captivating and amusing script from beginning to end.
+ Plenty of characters to interact with.
+ 10+ hours of gameplay.
+ Completionists will find it tough to finish it.
+ A homage to the best the genre offers.
+ An original and entertaining plot.

- No hint system could frustrate gamers if/when you become stuck.

(Rating: Steam 18 Bad Language, Drug and Alcohol use Release date: 28/04/2022 Price: £13.99)


(Reviewed on PC using Steam. It is currently only available on PC.)


Daniel Waite
Daniel Waite
My gaming career started on an Amiga and spans many consoles! Currently, I game using an MSI laptop and Xbox Series X. A fan of every genre, I love to give anything a go. Former editor and reviewer for www.bonusstage.co.uk, I'm loving my new home here at Movies Games and Tech. I can be contacted for gaming reviews on the following email: Daniel@moviesgamesandtech.com

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Review: Rock 'n' Roll will never die!<p class="has-text-align-justify" style="font-size:14px"><em>Rock 'n' Roll will never die!</em> is a fantastic point-and-click title. It is a homage to the best the genre can offer and will make your sides hurt from laughing. I loved the puzzles, the witty and intelligent script, and the characters you encounter. It is a modern classic and a game that must be played!</p><br/> + Fantastic hand-drawn imagery.<br/> + The environments are varied and interesting.<br/> + The audio is wonderful.<br/> + A captivating and amusing script from beginning to end.<br/> + Plenty of characters to interact with.<br/> + 10+ hours of gameplay.<br/> + Completionists will find it tough to finish it.<br/> + A homage to the best the genre offers.<br/> + An original and entertaining plot.<br/> <br/> - No hint system could frustrate gamers if/when you become stuck.<br/> <br/> <p class="has-text-align-center" style="font-size:10px">(<b>Rating:</b> Steam 18 Bad Language, Drug and Alcohol use <b>Release date:</b> 28/04/2022 <b>Price:</b> £13.99)</p><br/> <p class="has-text-align-center" style="font-size:10px"> (Reviewed on PC using Steam. It is currently only available on PC.)</p><br/>