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[[caption-width-right:350:As crazy as it sounds. Possibly crazier.]]
->'''Rock beats everything.'''
-->-- The tagline

Sisyphus... the king who was cursed to spend the rest of his days pushing a giant boulder up a hill, only to have it roll back to the bottom, forcing him to start over again. After many hours of frustration, he gets fed up and decides to rebel against Cronus by rolling his boulder into Cronus' castle in order to escape from Hades and to freedom. From there, Sisyphus and the angry boulder go on a journey throughout the ages of art (from Ancient Greece to Medieval times, all the way up to the Romantic era), meeting powerful historical figures and smashing their defenses to pieces.

This is the story behind ''Rock of Ages'', a game developed by Ace Team (the minds behind the also-very-bizarre ''VideoGame/ZenoClash''). The objective is to roll your boulder into your opponent's castle gate, while preventing him from destroying your gate by setting up towers, catapults, elephants and other traps to slow him down.

This game has nothing to do with the Music/DefLeppard song or [[Theatre/RockOfAges the musical]].

[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D41Cdj0NGAU A sequel released]] in the Fall of 2016, titled ''Rock of Ages 2: Bigger and Boulder''.

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!!Tropes used in ''Rock of Ages'':
* ArtShift: Each era takes images from artwork from the era. [[spoiler:Cronus even transforms into a picture of his in-game model (which is in full 3D) during his intro.]]
* AttackItsWeakPoint: Each boss has an obvious weakness.
** [[MediumAwareness The Dragon even flinches when his weak point is pointed at.]]
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: There are quite a few massive enemies like the Mammoths and Cannons. The bosses are even bigger.
* AxCrazy: Bascially anyone with a rock, Sisyphus included.
* TheBlackDeath: Personified as a skeleton simply named Plague, who kills whatever it goes near.
* BlowYouAway: Fans can be placed to blow a boulder off-course. Some of the higher-grade fans are [[EverythingsBetterWithCows cow]]-powered.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Creator/LeonardoDaVinci knows and tries to explain to Sisyphus that their world was made for "[[NewMediaAreEvil A deranged activity they call "Video Games".]]" Not that he really cares.
* BossArenaIdiocy: Every boss except for the dragon. Why are there CANNONS in heaven?!
%%* ChristianityIsCatholic
* CloudCuckooland: Pretty much everyone has an oversized rock ready in case they need to flatten someone.
* CaligulasHorse: The He-goat of the woods, after eating the wig of the previous president.
* DemBones: Plague.
* {{Dracula}}: [[UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler Vlad Tepes]].
* EverythingsBetterWithCows: But not if the other player puts them in your path, as they try to bump you off of the road.
* ExcusePlot
-->'''Advertisement:''' ''Your neighbor quite dislikes you. This probably explains why they've decided to roll a gigantic boulder in the general direction of your castle and it's denizens. And you know what? You haven't really been their biggest fan either. Which is why you will: A. Do everything in your power to deflect and destroy their little rock. B: Retaliate with your own enormous globe of crushing. Because they're jerks and they deserve it.''
** Also used in the sequel. The whole plot is literally just Atlas shrugging off his responsibilities and taking a vacation on Earth while hiding from God/Heaven, who wants him to get back to work.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Bacchus.
* FatBastard: Bacchus.
* FluffyCloudHeaven: The Heavens.
** FireAndBrimstoneHell.
* FullFrontalAssault: While Sisyphus and Co aren't exactly doing the assaulting, nether he nor Bacchus put any clothing on throughout the game.
* [[spoiler:GainaxEnding: At the end of his struggle Sisyphus is crushed by the falling Cronus during his victory dance. After the credits the Rock hops into a random hole and discovers its master dancing with the rest of the characters in what seems to be Hell.]]
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: The hand that replaces the Rock whenever it falls off the track is never explained. It's styled after medieval portrayals of the hand of God, however.
** [[Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife DON'T STAND THERE GAWKING LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN THE HAND O' GOD BEFORE!]]
* GenreBusting: The game is a bizarre blend of bowling, platforming, tower defense, and racing.
* GiantMook: Well, they're all pretty big because nothing man-sized can stop the rock. However, each of the environmental enemies can be seen as a giant version of another unit.
** [[ALoadOfBull Lammasu/Giant-Bull: big version of cow/elephant.]]
** [[BIgFreakingGun Giant cannon: huge siege weapon.]]
** [[BlowYouAway Cloud man: plus-sized fan.]]
** Tower of Babel: gigantic, indestructible tower/wall.
* GlassCannon: The boulders in the second game are far flimsier than they were in the first one: they take much more damage from hazards and falling off the edge takes a chunk out of their health on top of that. This means it's far more important to avoid damage than it was before: losing a boulder entirely is now a very real threat.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Each battle ends with one player running over the other, followed by a squish sound and am immediate cut to a victory screen.
* GrapesOfLuxury: Some cherubs feed them to Bacchus...until he [[ImAHumanitarian eats the cherubs.]]
* GroinAttack: [[spoiler:How you take down the David. OUCH.]]
* TheHedonist: Bacchus.
* AHellOfATime: [[spoiler:The ending.]]
* IHaveManyNames: [[spoiler:Cronus A.K.A. Saturn. That's ''exactly'' what his [[BossSubtitles subtitle]] says.]]
* ImAHumanitarian: Bacchus.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: The Plague. Unfortunately he vomits rats and [[WalkingWasteland anything he approaches dies.]]
* IncrediblyLamePun: '''Lou'''is XIV's intro has him [[ToiletHumor using]] the '''loo''' in his throne.
** Which, incidentally, [[ShownTheirWork did happen]]. That's where the term "throne" as slang for the toilet comes from.
* JokeItem: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJauMsDzMgg&t=31m11s The Block of Ages can wear armor.]] This isn't a joke unless you factor in the fact that the Block is already invincible and can't be broken, thus making the armor pointless.
* JokeCharacter: The Block of Ages, which is a cube instead of a sphere.
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler:Gandalf]].
* KillEmAll
* LethalJokeCharacter: The Block of Ages is slow-moving and unwieldy, but it destroys a gate in two hits instead of three and is completely indestructible, making it a viable option if the player has a good defensive strategy, and is even more dangerous on a map like L'aquila, which doesn't have any turns or major obstacles. There's even an achievement for winning a multiplayer match with it.
* MythologyGag: In this game, ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'''s {{Dracula}} and the real life inspiration for the original {{Dracula}}, Vlad "The Impaler" Tepes, are one and the same.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Sisyphus, Bacchus and Michaelangelo's David.
* NewMediaAreEvil: Leonardo Da Vinci sure thinks so.
* OnlySaneMan: Creator/LeonardoDaVinci, who elects to calmly explain their existence to Sisyphus rather than doing something silly.
* PetalPower: Marie Antoinette throws massive flowers from her balcony, smothering and crushing nobles below.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Performed by none other by Leonidas.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Sisyphus vs Hades. FIGHT!
* RammingAlwaysWorks: The only way to win is to ram your opponent's gate until it breaks. Size and velocity determine how much damage you deal.
* RewardingVandalism: Driving your boulder into opponent's structures generates gold, which you can use to bolster your defenses between turns or save for a special boulder.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Played for laughs. Your opponent does this when you break down their fortress' door.
* SiegeEngines: Catapults and trebuchets fire projectiles that chip away at a boulder's strength.
* ShoutOut:
** The art is a tremendous love letter to ''Creator/MontyPython''.
** Ancient Greece recreates the pit scene from ''Film/ThreeHundred'' (The game ''numbers each Spartan'' in case anyone misses the reference), but it doesn't work out so well for Leonidas.
** In the Middle Ages, there is a cutscene that serves as a ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' homage, before revealing that the castle is [[MythologyGag instead inhabited]] by [[UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler Vlad Tepes.]]
** Leonardo Da Vinci explains the fourth wall to Sisyphus while reenacting The Architect scene from Film/TheMatrix.
** Charles III's introductory cutscene has him trying to shoot a squirrel. This scene is shot from a first-person perspective with a HUD very reminiscent of ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein 3D}}''.
** [[spoiler:Saturn has no small reseblance to the artwork Saturn Devouring His Son.]]
** See YouShallNotPass and PunctuatedForEmphasis
* ShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler:Sisyphus gets crushed by Saturn just after killing him.]]
* SinisterMinister: Rochiele.
* SongsInTheKeyOfPanic: When either side's gates are close to collapsing the music speeds up.
* StandardSnippet: The soundtrack uses plenty of stock classical pieces, most notably [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxr84zacOfY "Dies Irae" by Mozart]] for when you break through the enemy's gate [[spoiler:and when you fight the final boss]].
* StealthPun: [[spoiler:The level where you fight Saturn is called Saturday, or "Saturn's day."]]
* TheManBehindTheCurtain: Most of the characters become this during the level.
* TheUnfought: The major boss battles end when the boss is defeated and the characters introduced in those levels apparently escape being squished.
* UpperClassTwit: Marie Antoinette.
* VideoGameDemake: ''[[https://sites.google.com/site/pebbleoftime/ Pebble of Time]]'', made by Edmund Bordeau. For context, he's actually someone on the Ace Team.
* WalkingWasteland: Plague. PlayedForLaughs.
* WeaponizedLandmark: Michelangelo's David.
* WidgetSeries: This is a weird game. This is a ''seriously'' weird game. It classes as something of a "Witchet" ('''W'''eird '''C'''hilean '''T'''hing).
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Plague.
* WorldGoneMad
* VillainousGlutton: Bacchus.
* {{Yandere}}: Marie Antoinette.
* YouShallNotPass: Performed by Gandalf, [[spoiler:only to be KilledMidSentence.]]

!!Tropes used in ''Rock of Ages 2: Bigger and Boulder'':
* TheBadGuyWins: In a way. [[spoiler:God loses the final game, but he tricks Atlas into holding up the huge foosball champion trophy on his shoulders... Which has the world on top ''anyway''. Judging by Atlas' expression, either he's oblivious, or the trophy is easier on his shoulders.]]
* CloudCuckooLander: Joan of Arc. God tries to ask her if she's seen Atlas (who is hiding in a bush nearby), but she ends up taking it as a sign that she should lead France to crush the English. God is ''baffled'' by her behaviour, and just shrugs his shoulders as he leaves.
** Literature/DonQuixote. But, well, ''that goes without saying''. His ''entire stage'' reflects his delusions, making windmills look like giants swinging their arms around until the camera gets closer.
* DifficultButAwesome: The Prehistoric Wheel is pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin - a literal stone wheel, as opposed to a boulder. It has slightly less health than the standard boulder, but can deal more damage. It is also is the fastest "boulder" in the game, but with the big caveat that it's much harder to control, especially if it ends up on its side, and it can be easily stopped. However, it is ''extremely useful'' on maps where going out-of-bounds is much harder (mainly the more modern painting-inspired maps), especially in obstacle course races.
* DistractedByTheSexy / SomethingElseAlsoRises: The Thinker's brain pops out if he's watching the dancers in his stage, giving the player the chance to hit it.
* FragileSpeedster: The Balloon Boulder has low health and doesn't do much damage, and actually doesn't have much top speed, but it has high acceleration and greater jumping height, which is very useful in obstacle course races, where it can more easily do platforming and perform shortcut jumps.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The game takes this trope to its silliest - how does [[spoiler:a ''foosball/table football match with God'']] sound? Nevermind one backed by a remix of "O Fortuna", pretty much the most well-known example of OminousLatinChanting.
* NotUsingTheZWord: God is only referred to as "Heaven". Except in the achievements.
* PokemonSpeak: Adam and Eve.
* ShoutOut:
** Adam and Eve's entire introduction is basically a homage to Pokemon, complete with a classic 2D 'overworld', Adam and Eve popping out of tall grass, their PokemonSpeak, and the entire battle sequence.
** The Sea Monster's entire ''boss fight'' is basically a 3D version of VideoGame/{{Frogger}}, which the intro sequence makes even more blatant.
* TwentyPercentMoreAwesome: The announcement trailer for the game boasts that it is "Now 40% less historically accurate!"
* UnexpectedGameplayChange: [[spoiler:The Final Boss is the final conflict between Atlas and God... Except it's a game of ''foosball'' (aka ''table football''), [[MundaneMadeAwesome played up in the most epic way possible]], with each player alternating between control of the ball.]]
* WakeUpCallBoss: Joan of Arc is basically the game's way of saying "destroying the enemy boulder is a strategy now that we've made them a lot flimsier, so get on that". Joan gets a ''huge'' head start on the player, beginning her charge at least ten or fifteen seconds earlier, and short of her AI screwing up and getting really badly stuck on the traps [[FragileSpeedster there's really no way to brute-force outpace her.]] About the only way to reliably beat her is learn how to use the traps and lightning cloud to break her boulder entirely and turn the time advantage over to the player.