November 15, 2008 8:18 PM | Tim W.
A ZX Spectrum-style remake of Volition's Red Faction, Rock Boshers is a late Bootleg Demakes entry created by Dugan (Laser Bunny) using Mark Overmars' Game Maker engine. The story is about a gentleman who was lured to work at a distant red planet in our solar system with promises of untold riches, only to end up being enslaved by the evil empire which offered the jobs in the first place. With the help of other miners caught in the same fate, he sets out to overthrow his captors and free the others from a life of servitude and injustice.
Hold the space key to skip the loading screen quickly, and press any of the number keys to select a menu option. The F4 function key can be used to switch between full screen and windowed mode. Move the main character with the cursor keys, and hold the C key to shoot. Keyboard layouts and alternate button configurations can be found in the story mode controls page, accessed by pressing 4 when the main menu is shown.
Impressive as it is, the game does have a couple of major flaws. Pressing the escape key quits the entire application automatically, and progress made in story mode is lost when this happens. The only method to save your game is by pressing the P key to bring up a pause menu, press 0 to return to the main menu, then press 5 to select the load, save and reply option. Now press 2 and confirm your choice with 1 to create a RBsave.sav file in the game directory. To restore a game, you would have to load a save from the same menu, then press any of the alphabetical keys to start playing a level which had been completed previously.
The scaling fix version is extremely buggy, has graphical glitches, and will crash the moment you acquire an item. Fortunately the download link provided below works perfectly well even though full screen mode has blurry graphics.