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Rock Simulator 2014 is a third-person simulation game in which the player assumes the role of a rock in an open-world environment. It is meant to be a parody of the popular trade simulation genre in video games.
The game is being developed by Strange Panthers, an independent game studio located in Tampa, Florida. Similar to Goat Simulator and Mountain, a mountain simulator, the idea for Rock Simulator initially began as a parody of the trade simulation genre in a LP-style review video and a 420 MLG montage uploaded to YouTube on June 21st, 2014 (shown below).
On June 22nd, Strange Panthers created a Steam Greenlight project for Rock Simulator 2014 with the following description:
For a long time, there has been one game missing from the market, a genuine rock simulator. I am here for you today to introduce you to Rock Simulator 2014. This simulator is a rock enthusiasts dream. You can watch beautiful rocks in any location in the world. From grass plains to salt flats, there are dozens of hand designed BEAUTIFUL environments.
In the following 72 hours, the project’s rank jumped up to #9 on the list of all Greenlight concepts, and by June 26th, the game had reached the #1 spot. That same day, Strange Panthers created an IndieGogo campaign to raise $500 for the development of the game. Within hours of launch, the campaign met its goal. On June 27th, the developers released an official trailer for Rock Simulator 2014 set to the Biggie Smalls / Thomas the Tank mashup, which provided a few basic details about the gameplay, including five levels set in different landscapes, size- shape-skin customization for rocks and support for Oculus Rift.
On June 25th, Kotaku reported on the Greenlight project in an article titled “Rock Simulator 2014 Will Bring EA, Activision to Their Knees,” followed by a number of other video game and tech news sites, including PC Gamer Magazine, Polygon, Wired, Gamespot and the Daily Dot.
On June 26th, Rezine Games submitted a Steam Greenlight project for Grass Simulator 2014, which entered the top 100 list within the first 24 hours of creation. According to the description, the game will feature Cow Mode (play as a cow), Grass Lapse (close-up view of grass) and Grass Cutter (simulate lawn mowing).