The greatest “giant rocks rolling through historical/artistic ages” tower defense game is back with Rock of Ages II: Bigger and Boulder. Just like the title says, Bigger and Boulder cranks up the surrealism and gameplay with to be, well… BIGGER AND BOULDER. With an emphasis on the chaotic new 2-vs-2 multiplayer, new time periods, and improved graphics, physics, and destructibility powered by Unreal Engine 4, players will need to be ready for some intense rocking and rolling.

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In this second developer post where we look at the changes made to defensive units we'll be evaluating the cow to see how it has transitioned to the new game.

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Unit review: Cows
Cow goes moo
Hello community! In this second developer post where we look at the changes made to defensive units we'll be evaluating the cow to see how it has transitioned to the new game.

The new design

In the first Rock of Ages, the cow was the 'tier 1' walker unit, grouped with the elephants and the mammoth. In Rock of Ages 2 we got rid of tiers so that every unit has its unique behaviors. So now the cow is no longer linked to any other entity/group.

Actually, the cow has a completely new purpose in Rock of Ages 2. When thinking about the upgraded cow we came up with a new concept: "sticky cows"!

Check out the following video to get an idea of how this mechanic works:


I can't shake them!!

Cows are now grazing indifferent to enemy boulders. If a boulder happens to come in contact with a cow, the cow sticks to the boulder like glue difficulting the boulder's movement. The more cows the boulder runs over the more 'lumps' the boulder has to struggle with.


Hoping PETA doesn't see this...

Cows are an excellent way to obstruct boulders, but they are best combined with other units that will push the rock into the herd.

Placement:
Because cows work best in clusters we decided to deploy them in a 3x3 array in groups of 5. This way players are not forced to individually place every cow when trying to cover larger areas.
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Cows are evenly distributed in a 3x3 area.

Note: The sticky mechanic is not persistent. Cows lumps can only resist a limited amount of contacts on the surface before they fall off. Still, getting tagged by a cow will considerably slow down a boulder making it a much easier target for other units.



Jeronimo!
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Hope everyone likes our new approach to cows in this new game. Stay tuned for future posts where we'll be looking at other defensive units and their specifics.


Until the next time!
Poll:
Do you think cows were an effective unit in Rock of Ages 1? Let us know! Don't forget to visit our latest poll where we're hoping to hear your thoughts on unit effectiveness in the first game (Cows are currently ranking in first place as least effective! Ouch!).
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Tacao2
Tacao2

Really enjoyed the first game, I'll keep an eye out for this!

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gameartdevguy
gameartdevguy

Saw the first installment on XBOX LIVE arcade... Curious to see what you guys do for the second title.

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rwplayzmc
rwplayzmc

cool

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AIesha
AIesha

klass

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MrGoatsy
MrGoatsy

Please market this game more, I tried to play the multiplayer of the first one when it pretty much first came out but nobody was playing.

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Blaskenobi
Blaskenobi

This looks rad

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Quantinus
Quantinus

awesome!

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TheSoulSeekers
TheSoulSeekers

Looks really cool!

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indie10get
indie10get

awesome

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L3d
L3d

Really hope its free.

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