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Chick Flick Preceded by Roly Poly Followed by Feed Me!
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Released June 13th 2006[1]
Play It Nitrome.com Miniclip
Levels 30
Game Type Main Game
Genre Puzzle, Platform
Websites Nitrome.com, Miniclip
Controls
Instr-keyboard

PC_Mouse_Left_Click.png - Rotate maze

Development time 1 month[2]
Credits Design
Mat Annal
Programming
Heather Stancliffe
Music
Lee Nicklen
Testers
Jon Annal
Richard Bertram
Music Menu
Roly Poly Menu
Game
Roly Poly Main

Roly Poly is a puzzle game Nitrome released for Miniclip on June 13th 2006[1]. In the game, the player must quickly guide a Hedgehog named Poly to the designated finish line by rotating it through a maze. It is the fourth Nitrome Game.


Controls

PC Mouse Left Click Click and hold mouse - move maze

Levels

The levels in Roly Poly are grouped into three categories: easy, medium, and hard. Each category has ten levels, which are given their own special names. The player can start the game on the first level of any category.


Easy

These levels are the simplest in the game.

1: Round The Bend

With no hazards present, the player simply has to roll Poly around a large hump and towards the checkered finish line, as the introductory gameplay.

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Roly Poly - Level 1

2: To and Fro

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In this level, the player has to roll the hedgehog left and right to land on the platforms. Tilting too far will result in hitting some spikes.

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Roly Poly - Level 2

3: In A Spin

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In this level, the player must carefully roll the hedgehog around a square spiral shaped area avoiding lightning at the edges.

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Roly Poly - Level 3

4: Moving Day

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In this level, the player can ride on a moving platform to the finish.

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Roly Poly - Level 4

5: Rhubarb Crumble

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In this level, the hedgehog should roll along the course quickly so not to fall through the crumbling bricks.

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Roly Poly - Level 5

6: Switched

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In this level, the player must hit the highest up switch, then the middle switch, and then the switch closest to the start. The hedgehog must be quick to get through the maze before time runs out.

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Roly Poly - Level 6

7: Trigger Happy

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The player has to move quickly to get through the area, so not to stay on a trigger too long.

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Roly Poly - Level 7

8: Key To My Heart

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The hedgehog has to quickly collect the two keys so not to get hit by the spike traps, then flip onto the middle area, and last flip out while over the finish.

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Roly Poly - Level 800:09

Roly Poly - Level 8

9: Hole in One

In this level, the player must flip the stage slowly, so that the hedgehog rolls to a point under the finish. Then the player must quickly flip the stages so that the hedgehog falls into the finish.

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Roly Poly - Level 9

10: Ball and Chain

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This is the last level of the easy group. The player must roll the hedgehog around the course, but not hit the balls on a chain.

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Roly Poly - Level 10


Medium

In this group, the levels are more complicated than the easy levels, but easier than the ones in the "hard" category.

11: Target Practice

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In this level, the player must dodge some giant arrows on the way to the finish.

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Roly Poly - Level 11

12: A Turn for the Worse

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In this level, the player must roll in timing to dodge four balls on chains.

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Roly Poly - Level 12

13: Having a Blast

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In this level, the player must roll carefully so that the hedgehog and the bomb never collide in the maze.

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Roly Poly - Level 13

14: Flick of The Wrist

In this level the player must slowly roll around the center area and rotate the game quickly so that the hedgehog can turn corners.

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Roly Poly - Level 14

15: Between the Lines

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In this level, the player must manage the hedgehog's speed so that it slowly rolls to the finish without touching the moving lightning in front or in back of it.

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Roly Poly - Level 15

16: Pipe Dreams

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In this level, the player must roll to the finish while avoiding some crushers.

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Roly Poly - Level 16

17: Baby Steps

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In this level, the player must slowly roll, using the small blocks as support, and then quickly rotate the board to cause the hedgehog to fall through the finish.

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Roly Poly - Level 17

18: Dangerous Ground

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Time: 59 seconds

Poly needs to obtain a key while rolling over many paths of triggered switches in order to quickly reach the finish line.

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Roly Poly - Level 18

19: Wheel of Fortune

Time: 59 seconds

Reaching the finish line may be as simple as rolling along a large curve, but a wheel of eight spike balls makes this task more difficult. The player has to make sure Poly is not between where the spikes might land or they will have to restart the level.

A very easy method to completing this level is to remember one thing: where a spike ball lands during one out-extension, it will not land the next time. Using this method, the player can effectively get to the end quite quickly.

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Roly Poly - Level 19


20: Stepping Stones

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Time: 29 seconds

The only safe path to reach the finish line is to roll Poly across two sets of four tiny bumps, being careful to avoid any hazardous spikes. Rolling Poly across the first set will help him reach the first end, then moving the circle to the left will help him reach the finish line.

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Roly Poly - Level 20


Hard

These levels prove to be the most difficult of the game.

21: Duck and Cover

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Time: 59 seconds

Like level 11, Poly needs to dodge some giant arrows while taking cover in the gaps put in the level. Two arrows at a time will shoot across the screen to the left, while two more arrows will come across the screen to the right at the bottom of the screen, where the finish line is.

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Roly Poly - Level 21

22: Don't Look Back

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Time: 29 seconds

The player must move the circle as quickly and accurately as possible while avoiding a spiral of spikes covered by crumbling blocks.

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Roly Poly - Level 22

23: Boxed In

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Time: 3:59 seconds

Four keys scattered across the circle must be obtained in tiny compartments determined by moving doors. A few of these doors have electricity beaming in them, so the player has to be careful of the area Poly gets enclosed in.

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Roly Poly - Level 23

24: Bumpy Ride

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Time: 59 seconds

The path to the finish line is locked, so the player needs to roll over a series of bumps with trigger spikes as well as avoiding stationary spikes to reach the key. Then, the player must start Poly out on the same path he came from, except this time, taking a turn for the finish line.

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Roly Poly - Level 24

25: On Higher Ground

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Time: 1:59 seconds

This level introduces retractable spikes, which periodically retract and then stick out again. The player needs to navigate Poly safely when the spikes retract to navigate through the curvy pathway and reach the finish line.

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Roly Poly - Level 25

26: Mind the Gap

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Time: 59 seconds

This level is more fast paced as opposed to the other levels previously played. Most of it is made up of spikes. The player must use three fast-moving platforms to quickly roll on and reach the finish line.

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Roly Poly - Level 26

27: High Voltage

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The path to the finish line in this level is divided into tiny sections determined by moving doors. When the doors closed, certain compartments emit electricity in them. This is randomized, and the player has to make sure they are in the right compartments so Poly will not get electrocuded.

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Roly Poly - Level 27

28: U-Turn

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Time: 2:59 seconds

As the name suggests, the level is shaped in a U pattern, with three pipes on either sides of the level and one at the bottom of the "U" shape. The player must make that journey around the U shape in order to obtain the key. Once the key has been taken, Poly must make it back the way he came from. To make it in the finish line, the player should tip the hedgehog in the center of the U, being careful not to hit the spikes on either sides of the wall.

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Roly Poly - Level 28

29: Down Under

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Time: 59 seconds

While avoiding the spikes, Poly starts his journey on a short but fast moving platform to reach a moving door. Once the door opens, Poly can drop through and make his way to an open area, where two moving platforms on the same line meet. Then, while avoiding all the spikes on either sides, the hedgehog has to be rolled on the moving platforms in order to reach the finish line.

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Roly Poly - Level 29

30: Pins and Needles

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The last level of the game, Poly navigates his way through a long maze of retracting spikes in order to reach the finish line, which completes the game.

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Roly Poly - Level 30 Ending

Ending

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Roly Poly - Ending


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Development

Mat Annal claimed in an interview with FreeGamesNews that the inspiration for Roly Poly came when Mat was playing around with a circular "maze toy", where one would have to rotate the maze to move a ball bearing in the maze around.[3]

The game was called Furball during development[4].

Unused content

Present in the game's files are five images of text, which were likely used for buttons for making levels. However, it is possible that they may hint that at certain points of levels, the player would have to activate hazards.

The second text contains an underscore, which is never used in the game. The third text does not seem to correspond to anything in the game, and likely used for a message if the game crashes.

Trivia

  • The main character bears a striking resemblance to SEGA's Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic was said to have been brown, like Poly, until an accident which gave him his current coloration.
  • The image quality of the game is almost the same plain quality of Sandman.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nitrome.com October 4th 2006 - News: 13-06-06 - Roly Poly [Date is written in Day/Month/Year format]
  2. FreeGamesNews.com: Matthew Annal (Nitrome) interview: FreeGamesNews: How much time did it take to develop Roly Poly and how many people were involved in the project?
    Mat: It took around a month to make., < June 21st 2006, retrieved 16 Sept 2014.
  3. FreeGamesNews.com: Matthew Annal (Nitrome) interview: FreeGamesNews: Could you please introduce your latest creation, Roly Poly?
    Mat: ...The game [idea] came about after playing with one of those maze toys where you have to try and get the ball bearings on the right spots and thinking it would be cooler if it had moving parts.
    , < June 21st 2006, retrieved 16 Sept 2014.
  4. Nitrome Music by Lee Nicklen on Facebook: [1], 12 April 2012, retrieved 16 Sept 2014.


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