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“Welcome to On The Rocks, the show that pairs video games and other stuff with their perfect drink.”

...don't let that fool you into thinking that this is some kind of drunken review, it's just an excuse to sup some thematically appropriate beverages while they review the games and such.

Hosted by Kyle of On the Tropes fame, and his two co-hosting companions, Dave and Nathan, as well as the occasional guest host. Each week they pick a subject to review, usually a video game, but also sometimes movies, books, TV shows etc.


The first 50 episodes are now available on MixCloud, allowing newer listeners to get a taste of OTR classic episodes that are no longer on the regular podcast feed.

The typical show:

  • Introductory banter where our hosts discuss what else they've been playing or watching recently. You can often pick up hints of future episodes here.
  • “So Dave, what are we reviewing this week?” Introduce the weeks subject and a little background
  • “And Nathan, what drink will we be pairing with tonight?” The drinks name and ingredients are inspired by the review subject, and while the hosts will make some quick comments as to if the resulting drink is any good, it's mostly not mentioned again.
  • “Tonight's drinking game will be every time someone says the word…” with the word in question being something you would expect to come up a lot in the review, like “race” for a racing game or “fun” for a wacky party game. They then go to great lengths to avoid the word so long as they remember, but they're probably still drinking anyway.
  • The meat of the show is then the review, broken up into:
    • Graphics and sound
    • Story
    • Gameplay
  • After discussing the merits of the game, each host gives a score of 1 to 5 shots. Although half-shots aren't allowed, they'll frequently qualify that their score is “a very full 4… I wanted to give it a 5, but it's not quite there”
  • “Now we come to the part of the show where two indie streets meet… At The Indie Corner!” Here each host gives a short review of the indie game they chose the previous week. Games are often available free on PS Plus, kongregate, gamejolt or Ludum Dare entries. No score for these games, just a “Recommended/Not Recommended”
  • “Now this weeks quiz is…” Kyle sets a question for the hosts based on the review subject to determine who gets to choose first from the list of indie games to review for next week.
  • “This weeks question/trope is…” Again tied to the review subject. It might be asking what your favorite tropes it used were, or asking for your favorite examples of a trope that was features. Sometimes it's something completely different, like upcoming games your most excited about. The team usually post the question to Facebook prior to recording the episode, and will also read out suggestions from fans they received by Facebook or Twitter.
  • “Next weeks show we’re going to be reviewing… A surprise!” They rarely actually state outright what they're going to review, but will sometimes will drop hints.
  • “That'll do it for episode whatever of On The Rocks, be sure to follow us on Facebook at On The Rocks, we’re also on iTunes at On The Rocks Podcast, you can also email us at if you have any ideas for future drink and pop-culture pairings. We're also on where you can check out all the tropes we've talked about on our show, on Twitter we are @GiantRobotParty.
  • “This is Kyle…” “...Nathan…” “Aaaaand Dave…” “SIGNING OFF!”

Not to be confused with the 2020 film with the same title.

Episode Recap

Recap of Episodes 200 to 249
Recap of Episodes 100 to 199
Recap of Episodes 001 to 099 (many episodes missing)
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     260 - Avengers: Endgame 
Episode 260 - Avengers: Endgame - 1:50:12
The Boulevardier - 2 oz. Bourbon - 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth - 1 oz. Compari
Dave Kyle Nathan
5/5 5/5 4/5
Indie Corner - 1:10:35
Dave Kyle Nathan
100ft Robot Gold Super Blood Hockey Pan-Pan
PSN Switch Switch
Not Recommended Recommended Recommended
Question of the Week - 1:33:25
What are your favorite tropes from Avengers: Endgame?
Dave Kyle Nathan
Vengeance Feels Empty Cold Opening Batman Gambit
Face Death with Dignity Genre Shift Million-to-One Chance
  Distracted by My Own Sexy Self-Defeating Prophecy
  Never Trust a Trailer We Only Have One Chance
   The Cameo
   Creator Cameo
   Once per Episode
   Subverted Clipshow

     259 - Cuphead 
Episode 259 - Cuphead - 1:46:48
Wally Warbles - 1.5 oz. Scotch Whiskey - 1.5 oz. Cream - 1.5 oz. Milk - 1 Egg Yolk
Dave Kyle Nathan Amy from Facebook Connor from Facebook Doug from Facebook
5/5 4/5 3/5    
Indie Corner - 1:09:14
Dave Kyle Nathan Amy from Facebook Connor from Facebook Doug from Facebook
My Blinded Love For You Hell Is Other Demons Dawn of the Breakers    
Browser Switch Switch    
Not Recommended Recommended Recommended    
Question of the Week - 1:25:55
What are your favorite video game bosses?
Dave Kyle Nathan Amy from Facebook Connor from Facebook Doug from Facebook
Sephiroth - Final Fantasy VII Crying Wolf - Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots Shredder - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time Jack Baker - Resident Evil VII: Biohazard Ganon / Ganondorf - The Legend Of Zelda: Ocharina Of Time Alma - Ninja Gaiden
Bowser - Super Mario World David - The Last of Us Shredder - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Hyperstone Heist    Sniper Wolf / Vulcan Raven - Metal Gear Solid
Bowser - Super Mario 64 The Dung Defender - Hollow Knight Carnage-Ock - Spider-Man (PS1)    The End - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Richter - Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night The Guardian Ape - Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice     Zoran Lazarević - Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Saren Arterius - Mass Effect The Stranger - God Of War (PS4)     
Warthog escape - Halo: Combat Evolved      
Warthog escape - Halo 3      
Judgement: Zeal And Kuarl - The House Of The Dead 2      
The Great Mighty Poo - Conker's Bad Fur Day      

     258 - FAR: Lone Sails 
Episode 258 - FAR: Lone Sails - 1:46:37
Combustion Engine - 1/2 tsp. Sugar - 3 dashes Angostura Bitters - 1 tsp. Water - 2 oz. Bourbon
Dave Kyle Nathan
3/5 5/5 3/5
Indie Corner - 1:08:20
Dave Kyle Nathan
The Power Of What Ghost of a Tale Scrap Arms
Browser PS4 / Xbox / Steam Browser
Recommended Recommended Recommended
Question of the Week - 1:28:54
What are your favorite examples of the trope Silence Is Golden?
Dave Kyle Nathan
Holdo maneuver - Star Wars: The Last Jedi First 30 minutes - WALL-E Journey
Before a kill - Alien Opening sequence - Up LEGO games
Visions of Fields of Elysian - Gladiator Watching the giraffes - The Last of Us Subspace Emmisary - Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Ending scenes - Avengers: Infinity War Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons Limbo
Prince of Persia One Small Step Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons
Limbo   First 30 minutes - WALL-E
Inside   Opening sequence - Up
Prison escape - Chrono Trigger   
Opening sequence - Up   
One Last Dive   

     257 - 2019 MLB Games 
Episode 257 - 2019 MLB Games - 1:56:17
12-6 Punch - 1 Part Vodka - 1 Part Strawberry Lemonade - 3 Parts Budweiser Beer
Dave Kyle Nathan
2/5   4/5
Indie Corner - 1:10:15
Dave Kyle Nathan
Chapter 1 of Deltarune Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes RICO
Switch Switch Switch
Recommended Recommended Recommended
Question of the Week - 1:41:05
What unique sport or game would you like to see get the Video Game Treatment?
Dave Kyle Nathan
Slam Ball Capture The Flag Kickball
Ping Pong Ultimate Frisbee Roller derby
Volleyball Four Square Slam Ball
Jai Alai   Dodgeball
Sand Soccer   Quidditch
Calvinball   Badminton

     256 - Google Stadia 
Episode 256 - Google Stadia - 1:48:14
Stadia - 1 oz. Captain Morgan - 1.5 oz. Cranberry/Pomegranate Juice - 1.5 oz. Hard Cider
Dave Kyle Nathan
3/5 3/5 3/5
Indie Corner - 1:02:05
Dave Kyle Nathan
The Curse of Malnoir Rumble Stumble Tumble Full Metal Furies
Browser Browser Switch
Not Recommended Recommended Recommended
Question of the Week - 1:18:39
What are you most excited for coming out of the March 2019 Nindies Showcase?

     255 - Baba Is You 
Episode 255 - Baba Is You - 1:17:50
The Jägerita - 2 oz Jägermeister - 1/2 oz. Triple Sec - 1 oz. Sour Mix
Dave Kyle Nathan
5/5 3/5 4/5
Indie Corner - 0:42:03
Dave Kyle Nathan
Quest for the Golden Duck ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove Eye Contact
Switch Switch Browser
Not Recommended Not Recommended Not Recommended
Question of the Week - 1:02:13
What are your favorite examples of the trope Voluntary Shapeshifting?

     254 - Leftovers (Vol. 12) 
Episode 254 - Leftovers (Vol. 12) - 1:45:20
Dave Kyle Nathan
Persona 5 Far Cry: New Dawn Inside
The Chalk Man Ape Out NBA 2K 19
Indie Corner - 0:56:37
Dave Kyle Nathan
Horizon Chase Turbo Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight Wargroove
PS4 Switch Switch
Recommended Recommended Recommended
Question of the Week - 1:27:04
What kind of Pokémon would we design for Generation 8?
Dave Kyle Nathan
Dildonkey: Grass/Ground type dill-covered donkey Bullenbeisser: Steel/Dark type robotic dog Dark/Poison type Black Plague based mouse
  Umbaru: Psychic/Grass type Witch-Doctor anthropomorphic Pokemon Bug/Ground type fuzzy spider

     253 - Apex Legends 
Episode 253 - Apex Legends - 1:49:56
Apex Predator - 2 oz. Orange Juice - 1.5 oz. Bourbon - 1 tbsp Simple Syrup - 1 Jalapeño, sliced - 2 oz. Indian Pale Ale
Dave Kyle Nathan
4/5 4/5 4/5
Indie Corner - 0:49:12
Dave Kyle Nathan
Drowning LOVE Rogue Aces
PSN / Switch Switch PSN
Not Recommended Recommended Not Recommended
Question of the Week - 1:11:15
Discussion of the evolution of Battle Royale Games
Battle Royale (Novel)
Battle Royale (Film)
The Hunger Games
Minecraft Survival Games
H 1 Z 1 - King Of The Kill
ARK: Survival Evolved
The Culling
Player Unknowns Battlegrounds
Far Cry 5
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 - Blackout
Apex Legends
Tetris 99

     252 - Eggggg 
Episode 252 - Eggggg - 1:16:55
Spiked Eggnog - 1.5 oz. Dark Rum - 6-8 oz. Eggnog - 1 dash of Cinnamon
Dave Kyle Nathan
/5 3/5 4/5
Indie Corner - 0:48:47
Dave Kyle Nathan
  Claybook Yoku's Island Express
  PSN Switch
  Not Recommended Recommended
Question of the Week - 1:02:31
What are your favorite examples of the trope Secret Level?
Dave Kyle Nathan
Developer room - Chex Quest The Painted World - Dark Souls Star Road - Super Mario World
Aztec - Goldeneye Minecraft area - Borderlands 2 Secret exits - New Super Mario Bros.
Classic levels - DOOM (2016) Stunt course - San Francisco Rush Hungry Luma Galaxy - Super Mario Galaxy
Alternate levels - Star Fox 64   Castle secret slide - Super Mario 64
   Classic levels - DOOM (2016)
   Classic levels - Wolfenstein: The New Order
   Chaos Emerald stages - Sonicthe Hedgehog series
   Mile High Club - Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

     251 - Resident Evil 2 Remake 
Episode 251 - Resident Evil 2 (Remake) - 2:12:37
Herbicide - 2 oz. Vodka - 1/4 oz. Triple sec - 1/4 oz. Blue Curaçao
Dave Kyle Matt Nathan Doug from Facebook
5/5 5/5 5/5   
Indie Corner - 1:25:41
Dave Kyle Matt Nathan Doug from Facebook
Bury Me, My Love Vane   Ninja Baseball Bat Man  
Switch PSN   Browser  
Recommended Recommended   Recommended  
Question of the Week - 1:48:16
What are your favorite examples of the trope Too Awesome to Use?
Dave Kyle Matt Nathan Doug from Facebook
BFG - Doom The D6 - The Binding of Isaac Magnum ammo / Health items - Resident Evil BFG - Doom Frag grenades - Halo: Combat Evolved
The Devastator / The Shrink Ray Gun - Duke Nukem 3D Phoenix Feathers - Ni no Kuni Starter Pokémon / Ultraballs / Rare Candy - Pokémon Golden Hammers - Super Smash Bros.  
Kuribo's Shoe / Tanookie Suit - Super Mario Bros. 3 The Fat Man - Fallout 3 Nice Weapons / The Master Sword - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild First aid kits - Left 4 Dead  
  Doppelgänger Card - Munchkin Shaders - Destiny 2 Golden keys - Borderlands 2  
  Golden coins - Nintendo eShop Account   Magnum and grenade ammo - Resident Evil 5  
    Emergency plants - Plants vs. Zombies  
    Super Horn - Mario Kart 8  

     250 - Strange Brigade 
Episode 250 - Strange Brigade - 1:32:45
Stiff Earl Grey - 6 oz. cold Earl Grey tea - 1 1/4 oz. Gin - 1 1/4 oz. Honey Simple Syrup (1 part Honey, 5 parts Water) - 1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
Dave Kyle Nathan
4/5 4/5 4/5
Indie Corner - 0:43:00
Dave Kyle Nathan
The Strange Adventures of SphereBot Strange Therapy Strange New World
Browser Browser Browser
Not Recommended Recommended Recommended
Question of the Week - 1:04:29
What are your favorite examples of the trope Set Piece Puzzle/puzzles in general?
Dave Kyle Nathan
Portal 2 Water purifier puzzle - Fallout 3 Portal
Portal Telephone puzzle - Layers of Fear Braid
Adventure game with logical puzzles - Myst Zodiac puzzle - Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Tetris
Temple puzzle - Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Monastery puzzle - The Witness Klax
Tetris Piano puzzle - Silent Hill Peggle
Statue and medallion puzzle - Resident Evil 2   
Temple puzzle - The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind   
Elevator level - Superhot   


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