Dodgeball is a game that should work quite well as a video game but with games becoming more complex and offering more, is throwing a little ball at people going to catch people’s interest? Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure is an answer to that question and a pleasantly positive one…
In the Story Mode you play the part of Bjorn as he and his team-mate prepare to make their way to the grand final of the championships. Having lost last year your coach is obsessed with you winning it back. Your character has a laid back style of training at first, but when your love interest is stolen away by the devil your training turns into an adventure to save her.
While the Story Mode may not last long, the eleven levels bring a variety of challenges to the missions. This includes boss fights which also mix things up a little. The controls themselves are simplistic and easy to learn so it doesn’t take long before you’re running around the play area stealing the ball and flinging it at your closest opponent.
Adding to the dodgeball itself, weapons from around the play area are also added. These follow the theme of the level, so in one you’ll be hurling beehives at your opponents, and in another you’ll also be pushing your opponents off the end of an oil rig. While I would have liked the Story Mode to last longer, for the time it lasts it is all good fun.
The Multiplayer side of the game gives you the ability to do some couch co-op with friends in the story mode. There is also a chance to go up against your friend in games with up to four players. This free for all is understandably chaotic and a lot of fun. One thing that is a shame is the fact that this is that there is no online multiplayer to the game. This is definitely aimed at the growing market for “party” style multiplayer.
When it comes to the style of Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure, the best way to describe it is a blocky South Park. There is a good sense of humour not only in the story, but in the way the characters and levels are designed. This makes for a light-hearted experience, which is a nice change from all the more serious games that seem to dominate the games charts at the moment.
At £6.39 on the PlayStation 4, which is the version I tested, Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure is a fun little game that won’t break the bank. It is fun to play as a single player game as well as with friends and while there isn’t any online play, hopefully this won’t hold it back. If you want a fun, light-hearted game Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure is a good choice.
Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventureis available on PlayStation 4 from April 5th.