OS Scores Explained VideoBall Overview (PC)
In-depth gameplay; Excellent local multiplayer; Extensive in-game customization.
Solo play isn't as exciting; Poor AI leads to a frustrating experience.
Bottom Line
Deceptively simple yet near impossible to master, Videoball is sure to generate a cult following.
out of 10
VideoBall REVIEW

VideoBall Review (PC)


Videoball is truly unique, and you wouldn't be blamed for failing to grasp the idea after laying eyes on it for the first time. However, the control scheme is ingeniously basic, meaning anyone can pick up a controller and get involved.

The objective is simple: send balls into the opponent’s goal. This is achieved by maneuvering your player with the analog stick, while any other button on the controller allows you to unleash mini-triangle attacks. If a triangle comes into contact with the ball, the ball will move. It might not sound like it, but there’s a lot of depth to this system. You can hold the button longer to unleash more powerful triangular strikes, or set up blocks in front of your goal. You can also attack other players and unleash deadly rebounds all with the same button.

In fact, there’s so much you can do in a game of Videoball that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed in the first few hours of gameplay, despite its perceived simplicity. For those with perseverance, the game’s strategical side opens up, and you’ll find yourself pulling off tactical works of genius in order to achieve glory before long. Once you're up to speed with the basics, games become tense-filled episodes of mayhem, especially when adding more players and balls into the mix. You’ll laugh, get frustrated, and spend large periods of time staring intently at the screen without pausing to blink. Most importantly, you'll have fun.

"In fact, there’s so much you can do in a game of Videoball that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed in the first few hours of gameplay..."

The biggest downside to Videoball’s gameplay presents itself in the form of the offline AI. There’s nothing quite as rage-inducing as your own player ruining your perfect shot by getting in the way, or worse, shooting directly at you. Additionally, opposing AI players often ignore perfect scoring opportunities in favor of attacking you, appearing to carry out some kind of personal vendetta. None of this is game-breaking, but the AI is far from perfect.

Game Modes & Presentation

There are three game modes in Videoball. You’ll probably be spending most of your time in local, which gives the option of anything from 1 vs. 1 to 3 vs. 3 games, with a combination of human and AI players allowed. The best part about this mode is that it’s entirely customizable. There's a diverse selection of arenas, and you can also change the game rules, music, backgrounds and more. There's a multitude of options at your disposal, making it perfect for creating your own house rules with friends.

Arcade is tailored primarily towards solo players, and it sees you taking on a variety of challenges against the AI. It’s a progressive mode that’ll keep you engaged for a short while, and although it is frustratingly unfair at times, that's arguably part of its charm. Finally, there’s online, which is sparsely populated on the Xbox One at the time of writing, much to my disappointment. However, I'm happy to report that in my brief online encounters, lag was totally non-existent. If you can't get a bunch of friends together, online play is easily the next best thing.

In terms of presentation, the game looks and sounds like a early '90s classic. Menus are bright, bold and filled with nostalgia-inducing sound effects. In-game music is catchy and diverse, while both announcers' obsessions with everything to do with Videoball are subtly hilarious. The games themselves are visually explosive experiences that will spark the interest of gamers and non-gamers alike.

Final Thoughts

If you regularly engage in local multiplayer sessions, Videoball deserves to make its way into your rotation. It shines brightest in this setting, and while solo players will still have fun with it, they won’t unlock its true potential. If this game had been released 30 years ago, we'd still be talking about it today. Whether it'll have the same effect in 2016 and beyond remains to be seen, but either way, it's an indie gem that's worth your time and money.

Score: 8.0 (Great)


Member Comments
# 1 Trackball @ 07/20/16 04:34 PM
I'm surprised you never mentioned that this game was designed by the notorious Tim Rogers, who is known for his extremely lengthy diatribes on game design whenever reviewing something, as well as the apparent supremacy of the Japanese language over English.

That said, games such as this (and iOS game Ziggurat, which he also did) show he can not only talk the talk, but walk the walk. He backs up his words.
# 2 CM Hooe @ 07/21/16 10:32 PM
One of my friends worked on this game! I'll be sure to pass along the kind words.
# 3 underdog13 @ 07/24/16 07:23 PM
Just downloaded it and first game was a blast! Although nobody plays online. If anyone on OS wants to play on pc lemme know.

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# 4 ZoneBlitz @ 07/25/16 10:43 PM
How much is it?
# 5 Fraser G. @ 07/26/16 10:47 AM
Originally Posted by ZoneBlitz
How much is it?
It's $9.99 on Steam, PS4 & Xbox One.

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