ÿIf professional demolition teams were somehow legally allowed to use rocket launchers to take down old unwanted buildings, then I’d be changing professions faster than you could say “holy airstrike, Batman!” Since that’s probably never going to happen — quite possibly due to the inevitable collateral damage that would be inflicted on the surrounding human populace — we’ll just have to stick to getting our destructive kicks in the virtual world. And Nitrome’s charmingly explosive flash puzzler Rubble Trouble is just the ticket psp games.
As a hearty band of hardhat-toting demolitions “experts,” your weekly paycheck is determined by how much stuff you can destroy. It’s a dream job, really. Particularly because you get to use a mix of TNT charges, a helicopter with a giant wrecking ball attached to it, a cement mixer modified into a makeshift cannon, a missile launcher, and lots of other devastating gizmos to bring in the bucks. Nothing says overkill quite like calling in an air strike to level an abandoned two-story apartment building.
One of your demo tools? A helicopter with a wrecking ball attached.
Blowing stuff up and watching the debris fly in each of Rubble Trouble’s 30 glee-inducing levels is extremely captivating, but you can’t just go about it all willy-nilly. At the bare minimum, your team has to inflict a set dollar amount of damage to the structures in stage in order to proceed, and you’re typically given a limited number of specific tools to work with. Some levels also feature trickier objectives, like taking down a towering building without damaging the smaller structures located right next to it or getting a worker trapped atop a soon-to-be obliterated building to the bottom without inadvertently killing him. These fun twists require that you pay attention to the laws of physics and creatively target key demolition points to get the job done.
Like most of Nitrome’s games, Rubble Trouble has an amazing pixel art presentation that’s loaded with personality. Leveling the city’s unwanted behemoths is a cheerful exercise that requires a lot more than just pushing the shiny red button. And you can be sure that when the dust settles, you’ll be left with a big smile on your face.