Rotastic is a simple 2D puzzle platformer developed by Dancing Dots.
The main objective to Rotastic is simple. Each level has a set of circular pegs scattered around the screen and using you character you must swing around them using your grappling rope. When dropped from the air you must quickly latch onto a peg by simply holding the A button. You can swing in a full circle and also change direction by pressing the RB and LB button. Your goal is to collect all the coloured gems hovering around you. To collect them all you must swing from one peg to another by letting go of the A button and then holding it again as you approach a peg. As you collect gems you will receive a score, you can also earn a bonus by swinging in certain shapes, like in a figure of eight, for example.
The swinging mechanics work fairly well and the first few levels or so are fun. It's not till later levels when the simple swinging becomes interrupted by bad level design. I started to enjoy Rotastic in the early levels but it soon became nothing but fustraiting. As you progress, dangerous objects like spinning saws and other objects will start to fill the screen. I do like a challenge in a game but the difficulty in Rotastic goes for the worst. You will find most levels extremely hard and impossible due to it's bad level design. The controls also don't feel fit for the difficult that is been thrown at you. Hitting to many objects or falling to the ground will result in a game over. But you do have the option to just skip the level anyway.
There's over 70 levels in the single player and will take a good few hours to complete. If you finish them and still feel like more swinging you can head over to Battle mode. This is the multiplayer side to Rotastic but it's only offline. There's deathmatch where you simply try to smash into each over or cut the rope so you go hurtling down. Collect has you collecting the most gems before the other player does. It's more fun than the single player experience but it's still not worth paying 800MP for it.
The sound in Rotastic isn't that great. Starting each level will repeat the same sound and it does become irritating fairly quickly. But if something developer Dancing Dots got right it would be it's art style. It's very colourful at times with some nice animated backdrops as you swing around the screen.
You would expect with it's simple control scheme that Rotastic is lots of fun. The early stages are but when the difficulty turns up you will be left with nothing more than frustration due to it's bad level design.
Review by Gareth Smith