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Roller Riot Review

Official Score

Overall - 70%


Roller Riot’s two button setup provides just enough depth to keep the high score chasers among us enthralled. It’s not the deepest title around, but it doesn’t have to be.

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The enemy cyborg roller derby gang is out for blood in MassDiGI’s Roller Riot, and it’s up to you to knock them back into their place. Though this title only has a two button setup, does it offer up enough depth for even the most hardcore of fans?

Roller Riot Review

Hitting the neon cityscape as the genetically modified cyborg CB, players quickly find themselves surrounded at all sides by a number of lowlifes all too eager to knock her down a peg. However, she has the power of speed and her fists, and can take them down in a matter of blows.

As the player, combat is boiled down to its most basic elements. The A button allows players to lay the smackdown on enemies facing the left, while the B button zeroes in on those on the right. However, it’s important that a red reticule is on the enemy; failure to do so will net players a miss and have CB fall flat on her face. The key to victory is to time your strikes just right, all while keeping up with the throngs that get all up in her business.

This is both a blessing and a curse. While things can get positively frantic, it can be tough to keep track of what needs to be done. Missiles need to be reflected, larger foes need multiple hits to dispose of, and there are some tricky foes that are quick on their feet. There are only a few enemy types to deal with among each wave, but there is so much to manage at any given time. One can call it a learning curve, but it is one that players will have to mercilessly cut their teeth nonetheless, especially since things are over after three hits.

However, Roller Riot throws players a bone with its Frenzy system. Rack up enough combos and CB goes into a frenzied state that allows her to dispose of multiple enemies in quick succession. This is the true key to high scores and getting ahead, as the payout it provides is absolutely massive. It provides a welcome incentive to be careful, even when the going gets tough.

However, if one needs a little bit of help beyond that, a number of power-ups can be found throughout each playthrough. These can be stacked, so those looking for the perfect run can save up and splurge when the time is right.

There’s one caveat though – there’s not a lot of content to Roller Riot. Once players get through the first dozen or so waves of enemies, they’ll have seen most of the enemy types and be all too familiar with the flow of gameplay. There are achievements and a global leaderboard to chase, so needless to say this one is designed for the high score chasers in our midst.

Roller Riot’s two button setup provides just enough depth to keep the high score chasers among us enthralled. It’s not the deepest title around, but it doesn’t have to be.

This review of Roller Riot was done on the PC. The game was freely downloaded.
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Casey Scheld

Casey Scheld has more than 15 years of experience in the gaming industry as a community manager, social media director, event specialist, and (of course) gaming editor. He has previously worked with gaming start-ups like Raptr, publishers like Konami, and roller derby girls at PAX West (check out Jam City Rollergirls)! Gamers Heroes is a passion project for him, giving him a chance to tap into the underground side of gaming. He is all too eager to give these lesser-known heroes of the indie space the attention they so rightly deserve, seeking out the next gem and sharing it with the world. Previously making appearances at events like CES, GDC, and (the late) E3, he is all too happy to seek out the next big thing. For those that want to talk shop, send over a tip, or get an easy win in a fighting game of their choosing, be sure to check out his social media channels below.

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