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Dillon's Rolling Western is an Action Adventure and Tower Defense mixture game developed by Vanpool (who also made Freshly Picked Tingles Rosy Rupeeland) for Nintendo and available as a downloadable game for the Nintendo 3DS. Things aren't looking good in The Wild West: weird rock monsters called Grocks recently started emerging from the ground to raid the local livestock, and the current defenses are not enough to stop them. It's up to the player character, an armadillo ranger named Dillon, to protect villages with towers and hand-to-grock fighting while gathering resources to fortify the village gates, increase the livestock population, and gather money to upgrade towers and weaponry.A sequel called Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger is also available.
This game provides examples of:
Actually Four Mooks: All enemies look like a giant version of themselves on the map, but upon entering combat they become a crowd.
Anti-Frustration Features: Failing to protect the village will kick you back to the start of the level's three-day cycle, but the amount of starting cash you're allowed will go up and give you a better chance of winning next time.
Anti-Poop Socking : Occasionally after you decide to continue with the game. Though considering that one day alone can last more than half an hour, this is justified.
Bandit Mook: The Snaggrocks, which pop out of the ground, steal some of your money, and try to make a break for it. Even in combat their main concern is to evade you and try to run away instead of attacking.
Battle Cry: The monsters always give a collective bellow twice before starting an assault, turning the sky red in the process.
Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": The livestock, called Scrogs, look very much like pigs. The game notes early on, however, that this is a portmanteau of "scruffle hogs."
Chest Monster: The Veggrock and Red Veggrock disguise themselves as scruffles, and running into them triggers a battle.
Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Running out of health only makes you lose time; you don't "lose" unless the Grocks raid all the village's scrogs. Even then, you're compensated with the level's cap on starting money being raised.
Does Not Like Spam: If the player purchases dinner at the end of a day, Dillon sometimes leaves behind some food that appears to be onions.
Dungeon Bypass: Some Grocks can get past reinforced doors without breaking them down, but the Springgrocks can also jump cliffs and go straight to villages.
Kung-Fu Proof Mook: In later levels weaker Grocks start wearing protective masks that make normal attacks useless and must be removed or circumvented. Another enemy called a Magmagrock is made of fresh magma and must be extinguished before it can be attacked.
Lost Technology: People are struggling to find adequate defense measures, but the levels are littered with ancient columns, defense walls and fast-travel catapults made by the Precursors, along with ancient ruins full of gems and Heart Pieces.
Opening the hidden temples and the treasure chests use a Suspiciously Similar Song version of the "you solved a puzzle" and "you found an object" tunes from the same series. One of the treasures found in ancient ruins is even heart pieces.
Side Quest: In every level you have three optional requests from locals. Be sure to fulfill them if you accept them, or they'll demand a refund! Completing all three will also give you an extra star upon level completion.
Taking You with Me: After you destroy the Ultimogrock, it will fly into the air and self destruct as a last ditch effort to kill Dillon. However, it fails to even scratch him.