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Rock of Ages III: Make & Break

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Humorous historical racer promotes social, creative play.

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It suffers a little from being stretched in too many directions, but there's so much to choose from that it's hard to imagine players won't find something to enjoy in this odd mashup of game genres. Rock of Ages III: Make & Break quickly draws players in with its sense of humor, which marries the sort of paper cutout animations made popular by Monty Python's Terry Gilliam with historical figures, art, and architecture. Expect lots of silly PG violence (rocks falling on people and animals) and goofy grunts and groans. Beyond the comedy, the franchise's signature racing physics remain a blast. Controlling rolling balls with different properties -- like a sphere of sheep tied together or a heavy square boulder that hardly rolls at all but is very destructive -- is as fun as ever. Story mode levels are short and sweet, encouraging players to quickly blast through them as they progress up the timeline to the modern era, and then go back and revisit previous levels with an aim to master them to earn more stars to unlock more content.

The new Make mode can be a lot of fun as well, tempting players to see if they can come up with levels as compelling as those made by the developer. Even if you don't enjoy making, the virtually limitless creations shared by others should help ensure that there will never be a lack of new content for players to discover. Where things tend to fail is in the tower defense mechanics. Setting up defenses is like taking shots in the dark, especially early in the story mode when you don't fully understand how to properly use the various towers at your disposal or see if they're effective because you're rolling down the course at the same time as your opponent. It makes sense after a while, but chances are most players will prefer rolling down obstacle courses over setting them up. Rock of Ages III: Make & Break is the logical next step for the series, and ought to prove good fun for anyone looking for a laugh mixed with a little friendly competition.

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4 , Windows , Xbox One
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: ACE Team
  • Release date: July 21, 2020
  • Genre: Racing
  • Topics: History
  • ESRB rating: T for Cartoon Violence, Mild Blood
  • Last updated: August 13, 2020

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