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Free Games I Like: Rumble Box

Posted on 1st Dec 2009 at 10:30 by Joe Martin with 4 comments

Joe Martin
It’s an arena-based beat-em-up with mini-games, but it’s also a stunningly pretty and deceptively clever abstract punchathon. It’s fairly old mind you, and came to my attention back in 2006 when it was a finalist in the IGF Innovation in Game Design category.

It’s Rumble Box.

The concept is simple – you are a man made of blocks, in a box, fighting other men made of blocks… in a box. The only way to escape and transcend to the next level is to kill enough enemies that their corpses pile up high enough to enable you to climb over the wall into the next area. It’d be gruesome if it weren’t for the lego-like visuals.

Free Games I Like: Rumble Box
Rumble Box!

There’s not really much to it other than that – you kill things, walk over their corpses and there’s a slight tactical edge to the harder levels when it comes to killing people in one corner, allowing you to climb up and over the wall quicker. There are bonus levels too, where you have to avoid bombs or kill people with bombs and so on to get extra points.

Rumble Box isn’t an incredibly deep game, but it is a fun one. If you like beat-em-ups or just have a passionate hatred for things that look a bit like Lego then you might like this. Either way, it’s a free download and it’s really fun to play. The screenshots make it look a bit confused, but in actual fact it’s really easy to get stuck into.

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mi1ez 1st December 2009, 13:09 Quote
checking this one out after work!
pimonserry 1st December 2009, 16:03 Quote
Looks fun, downloading now :)

Edit: Interesting, a bit short-lived, and can't change resolution (easily) or turn off the music :(
Good if I'm really bored though :)
MajorTom 1st December 2009, 17:58 Quote
Remember this when it first came out, back when I was in Uni. It was a good bit of fun and a decent challenge as you got through the levels.
nigcheste 4th March 2012, 00:37 Quote
that looks like a pretty fun game
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