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Disco Dodgeball – REMIX Review

May 28, 2018 / 1:17 PM

By: Jesse Waldack

Thanks to Nintendo Dads Podcast Patron Chad Benoist for writing the following review for Disco Dodgeball – REMIX

Title: Disco Dodgeball – REMIX
Developer: Zen Studios
Publisher: Zen Studios
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 5/22/2018
Reviewed by: Chad Benoist

Disco Dodgeball – REMIX Review

By Chad Benoist

In Gym Class, there were few things as enjoyable as the long “bing” sound the deadly rubber balls would make in Dodgeball as they rebound off your best friend or the crazy shots that amazed the entire class.  Disco Dodgeball – REMIX is the labor of love from independent developer 82 Apps and published by Zen Games.  Erik Asmussen is the one-man team behind Disco Dodgeball – REMIX which has also gone by the name Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball, say that three times fast.  It also cross-platform appearing on Steam for the PC, PS4, and Xbox.

Gameplay revolves around you controlling your own one-wheeled robot around a light up arena where simply enough you pick up dodgeballs and fire them at your opponents. It is an honest First-Person Shooter that is simply to learn with straight forward mechanics.  The crazy light up arenas and techno music add and interesting twist and is reminiscent of TRON.

There are a variety of gameplay styles available to keep the game fresh, including a wave-based Arcade style where you take on one to three bots at a time to test your skills.  Online multiplayer is cross-platform allowing you to take on others in matches that load quickly and smoothly.  Local Multiplayer shines as this is one of the few games on switch that provides a split screen in either dock or tabletop mode.  There was plenty of effort put into gameplay modes including a free for all battle royal and Capture the Flag.

Where the game stands out is the simple take on an FPS and the ability to customize your robot avatar.  The game creates a very level playing field with a handful of power ups that gives the game variety yet makes it easy to pick up and learn.  After a few rounds it is easy to figure out how to do a trick shot such as bouncing the ball off a wall and throwing while jumping.  This is followed by hilarious outburst by a narrator such as “Duck Hunt” after hitting another robot while they are in midair.  As you progress in the game you earn game dollars for hitting other players and bots.  The more difficult the shot the more cash.  You can then use the in-game dollars to customize how your robot avatar looks.

The only downsides to the game is getting use to the physics and the graphics for some players are not cutting edge.  The jumps both off the floor and off the ramps are sometimes moon jump slow and predictable enough where it is easy to be hit in midair.   This is great if you are the person throwing the ball but as you can imagine, it makes you a floating target at times.  The graphics, like the gameplay, are simple.  There are going to be those who demand more of advanced graphics, and they may take issue with how the game looks.  Remember this is not Breath of the Wild or God of War 4.  As for my own opinion, the graphics add to the game and add to the disco and techno feel of the game.

From a Dad’s perspective, this is a great game if you do want to introduce your children to shooting games without the violence or graphic content that comes with games like Doom, you will want to look at it.  Plus, this is one of the few games that does provide split screen which means if you are a one Switch family you will be able to play together.  Last, the fact that you can customize your robot several ways, many of them very goofy, will keep the kids entertained.

For the value, $11.99 USD at the time of this review, and replay ability this is a must and easy pickup.  Nothing over the top, simply to learn, family friendly, and overall a great game.  Disco Dodgeball – REMIX for the Nintendo Switch is available now in the Nintendo e-shop for digital download. Also, thanks to 82 Apps for providing a copy for the Nintendo Dads to play and review.

About the author /

Having played Intellivision and Atari games since he was six, Jesse has not only grown up with video games, but has seen just about everything. A husband and father of three teenagers, he still tries to squeeze in a game or three when he is able.

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