Rober Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball (demo available)
Platforms: Win, Mac, Linux
I knew all about the breakaway hit game where you play soccer with cars, somehow Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball had completely flown under my radar until it showed up recently in this Bundle Stars bundle. Maybe it didn’t enjoy the same success because of the vast number of people who have negative associations with dodgeball due to their experiences in elementary school, but this game is far more enjoyable than gym class ever was.
If you ever wanted to be a roller skating robot throwing balls at other roller skating robots against a backdrop of neon and flashing lights, well, this is the game you’re looking for. Although primarily meant as a multiplayer FPS experience, there are several single player options, including bot matches, so it’s not necessary to jump right into multiplayer without getting a feel for things. In fact, since bot matches earn you experience, there’s no need to play multiplayer at all if you don’t want to.
Matches are fairly short, which is great if you don’t have the time to commit to matches of some of the longer team-based multiplayer games out there, and the rules are simple. Hit the opposing team with any one of the balls scattered around the arena, while avoiding getting hit yourself. Movement is fluid in a slightly out of control way, which really adds to the feeling of chaos. The graphics are simple but functional, and most importantly, the game play is really fun.
And really, sometimes, that’s all you can ask from a game. Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball has almost infinite replayability, a free demo so you can try it out, and is currently one of 8 games in a $3.50 bundle, assumedly to boost the rather low online multiplayer numbers. As someone who’s likely to only solo play, I still think it’ll be pretty easy to get $10 worth of enjoyment out of this game.