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Posted: 4 weeks ago, last updated 10 days ago.

Author: Rob Prior, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Rove is a solo puzzle game where you pilot a robot trying to escape a hostile planet. You play by placing and moving cards into patterns to complete missions. It is a part spacial puzzle, part desperate survival game where you battle your robot's limitations in order to escape with your life intact.

You play as an exploration robot, who has crash landed on an alien world. Your robot is made up of six Module cards, that are set out in a 2 by 3 grid. To escape the planet, you must complete seven Mission cards by moving these Module cards into specific patterns. To move, you discard a Movement card from your hand and make the number of card movements that it allows. However, because your moves are limited, you must plot out which cards to move and when. Each go is like a miniature spatial puzzle within a larger puzzle, so you need to take your time and really study the cards carefully. If you get stuck without a move to make, then you can use one of the module's special abilities. These can only be used once per game, so you need to use them wisely.

As you play, you use up your movement cards and your module's special abilities, so the missions become ever harder to complete. There is no room for error, as you only win if you complete all the missions before run out of moves. It is a fiendishly difficult puzzle, that you won't complete first time. But like Solitaire, you can be set up quickly ready for another shot at success.

DetailsGame Details

Skill Rating: 8-10 year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/2021

Price: 50% off

Genres: Brain Game and Puzzle

Pieces: Cards

Developer: Button Shy (@ButtonShy)

Players: 1



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Learn to Play: This takes half an hour to learn. There are lots of different elements to this game that you need to understand. You learn how to move the cards, how to use the abilities and how to achieve your current mission whilst planning ahead for the next. This makes it fairly tricky to grasp at first and it is worth noting that it is a difficult game to complete.

Play Time: It takes between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round of this game.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

8-10 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players can be supported to play by an adult, but to play on their own they will need patience, the ability to think strategically and to be able to follow lots of different rules at the same time.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


Rove usually costs £9.99. 

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We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Rove Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@ButtonShy) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

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