Review: King Oddball (Xbox One)

End the world only using your tongue and boulders! Hurl away diamonds! See tiny humans fly around against their will! Crush them all!

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Pros:

  • Cartoon graphics.
  • Opening tutorial.
  • Gameplay: Ball swings left to right and you press a button to release the ball and have to hit all targets.
  • Simple control scheme.
  • 1000 Gamerscore.
  • Literally 100s of levels to unlock.
  • Small download size.
  • Replay levels to earn diamonds.
  • World map level layout, Choose where you go next.
  • Combo counter if you hit several targets at once.
  • Level rating based on performance.
  • Unlock optional bonus mission games.
  • Very playable.
  • Enviroment obstacles that can help or hinder you. For example exploding gas cans.
  • Has a massive just one more go vibe going on.
  • Fast loading.

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Cons:

  • Difficulty spikes.
  • No controls option to see what does what.
  • Repetitive.
  • Can feel luck based.
  • No scores or leaderboards.
  • Little replayabilty.

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The Numbers
  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Sound - 6/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10
7.2/10

Summary

King Oddball is a fantastic time waster, The game play is addictive yet simple. You always want just one more go. And just when you think its all get a bit too samey, You get the optional bonus missions that mix it all up again! I found its a great little game but to be honest apart from waiting for friends to come online, I cant see how it would fit into my gaming schedule. Maybe its just me but its a game that would fit a mobile more than a console but it is a great great little game.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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