Punching its way out of Macedonia, Rhubberman is a game about beating things to death with fists of fury! It has a flair that feels like it should be in an arcade and from what I’ve seen in the promo video on alt ctrl jam, the native controls invented by the developers would make this an arcade game of demanding coordination. The best part is that the game in itself is not complex. Don’t let the enemy aliens stop you from sitting and ruminating on your favorite thinkin’ spot!
Shoopy Games was kind enough to let me demo the game in late August, before there was sound. A month has gone by and it shows in the game itself with sound effects, music and new enemies! The player takes the role of a ‘Rhubber,’ one of the denizens of the planet Rh’ubba. These guys look like mutated biker smurfs with four arms and an insatiable desire for fisticuffs. Their race is one that miners and they never really wanted to do much more than that. These fuckers make food out of the radioactive minerals of their world, which is how they ended up looking like Goro’s psychotic cousin. The developer’s put a lot of time into this game’s lore, too, and you can read more about it on their blog!
In their video, the devs show that they made a pretty awesome apparatus to control the game. Of course, not everyone is awesome enough to be on the early-adopter’s side of the Macedonian Quad-troller (as I am coining the dev’s hardware), so playing this on the PC is a little simpler. There are 5 buttons: ‘Q’ ‘Z’ ‘,’ ‘p’ and the spacebar. Hitting Q and P allows you to extend your upper arms while hitting Z and , allow you to extend your lower arms. Extending your arms is your only real defense against foes, and there are two types. Fuck you, I’ll tell you about the goddamn spacebar in a minute!
As you stand atop your pillar of tobacco-chewing rumination, these big red and green fuckers fly out of the corners of the screen to munch on you. To defeat them, you have to time your barrage of blows and pay attention! The red guys don’t really do much, other than suck. They’ll fly at you, sometimes three at a time, and be assholes. The green guys are real bastards, though. These guys may slow things down a little, but they can deploy shields, getting them in closer for the kill. That’s ok, though. Just makes the fist that much more terrible.
Once you have hit enough enemies to fill the meter at the top of the screen, you can hit the spacebar. This causes your guy to make a crazy face and shoot all four arms out at the same time, getting more kills and taking out more enemies than you should be able to.
This game is one more about timing than speed, and trying to deploy punches too fast will keep you from hitting the next enemy in time until you eventually get eaten. It’s a good time and worth a few plays! My understanding is that the developers are working to get this little arcade game up on itch.io soon, but time will tell! For now, people can check it out on Alt Ctrl Jam! Vote it up and see if you can save Rh’ubba or just become the next purple meal on a stick!