Twin Hobo Rocket

Twin Hobo Rocket


Hobos in space. Sounds like an extra clip you would find at the end of a Mel Brooks film or something. Well in this case it’s actually a rather charming little game called Twin Hobo Rocket. At first blush it seems to be rather politically incorrect; more of a jab at homelessness than a social commentary. However when you look at the comments that Vancouver Game Design provides you can see that this is indeed a bit of a social commentary yet despite that facet it’s still a highly enjoyable game.

The interesting thing I noticed about Twin Hobo Rocket is that you can play in single or multi-player mode. Let me tell you, playing multi-player with one person is a great test of patience and talent. If you thought triangles was tough, just wait until you try this. In single player mode you steer a strangely phallic looking ship around the galaxy dodging meteors, grabbing bags of money, and pestering UFOs for handouts. Don’t get too close to the UFOs or they’ll bolt and you’ll be out the cash and the effort. Either way, just follow the on-screen arrow to find the next source of money. It looks like your ship can take a lot of abuse as there is no visible damage for the first few hits but trust me, once you start seeing the damage the game will soon be over. Interesting side note; if you fly back down to earth you can see all of the meteors that you’ve passed by laying on the ground.

The game may be almost entirely in black and white, but that doesn’t detract from the great work with the graphics. The limbs of the hobos seem to flop around lifelessly as you fly through space, but that’s about the only animation that can be seen here. True there are stars showing when you strike an object and the coins seem to scatter to the four winds when you grab a bag from a balloon, but there really isn’t much else going on. Despite this the game has a great amount of personality in the faces of the moon, the meteor, and the hapless hobos.

“Hold my beer, I want to show you something.” I don’t know how the voice actor pulled it off with a straight face, but I was busting a gut listening to all the phrases they had to say. In addition to that the song selected for gameplay is just plain awesome. It lends itself really well to looping and I found myself humming along to the song as I buzzed around gathering coins in space. The sound effects work really well, especially when you strike an object. You’ll hear a rather convincing “clunk” indicating that your steering is more than a bit off. There is a mute button available but you’ll be missing out on an impressive selection of audio that the developer has provided for your entertainment.

9/10. The drawings are awesome but there isn’t much in terms of animations

9/10. Seemingly politically incorrect yet starkly honest. Lots of replay value.

10/10. Great song, excellent sound effects, impressive voice acting, and a mute button!

10/10. I can’t recall seeing another game that involves hobos heading into space to get money from aliens.

10/10. Simple and responsive controls.

You really need to try this game out at least once. 9/10

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