Video Game: Dillon's Rolling Western

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.
  • Badass Biker: The Motogrocks, which are very quick on the map but nothing special in combat.
  • 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.
  • Everything's Nuttier With Squirrels: Russ, even though he is often mistaken for a mouse.
  • Fog of War: You have to build watchtowers or turrets to see the monsters' position on the minimap.
  • Giant Mook: They also count as Flunky Bosses.
  • The Goomba: Weakgrocks, which take one hit to die and are not threatening at all.
  • Heavily Armored Mook: Maskgrocks and Helmgrocks. The first one can be attacked from behind, the second one needs a dig to get its helmet removed.
  • Heroic Mime: Lampshaded by Dillon's assistant, who says at the beginning of the game that boulders are more talkative than him.
  • Incendiary Exponent: Diggrocks, Magmagrocks and Vulcangrocks. They do massive damage to wooden towers due to their fire-based nature.
  • Item Get
  • 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.
  • Mission Pack Sequel: The Last Ranger
  • No Hero Discount: Sure, you're protecting the village, but you still have to pay for medicines and explosives!
  • Non-Standard Game Over: Fail to beat the Ultimogrock when it reaches the city and the entire city gets swallowed!
  • Piņata Enemy: All enemies drop somewhat valuable loot, but the gold Grocks just walk around the map without even trying to attack anything, and their loot is worth a lot of money.
  • Rock Monster: The Grocks.
  • Rolling Attack: Used as the main method of moving on the level map and the primary attack in battles, in addition to activating certain ancient devices.
  • Shockwave Stomp: Boss Grocks use this to attack, as well as summon flunkies.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Rolling around the map is very reminescent of the Goron transformation in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
    • 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.
    • Then there is King Ron, who is a shout out to both Donkey Kong and King Kong.
  • 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.
  • The Team: Dillon is the Hero. Russ is his trusty Sidekick and The Smart Guy. Gallo is a more proper Lancer. Boone is a Dumb Muscle variety Big Guy. Nomad is The Unintelligible and The Drifter, being a foreigner who doesn't speak the language.
  • Time-Limit Boss: Fail to destroy a Megagrock before its timer expires and it will shoot down all your towers!
    • Each time you damage the Ultimogrock enough, it falls down for about 2 minutes. You then have that amount of time to kill its crystal inside before it gets back up again.
  • The Western: With spades of Lethal Lava Land in the second half of the game.

Alternative Title(s):

Dillons Rolling Western