By Brett Wolfe
Reviewed on Xbox One
Released on September 9th on Xbox One, also out on mobile platforms
Publisher: 10tons Developer: 10tons
King Oddball is a puzzle game with similar style to the Angry Bird series without the star system. The only objective in each level is to destroy all of the enemy units without running out of projectiles. The game starts out with King Oddball, a floating head alien, descending down from space and being attacked by military units . The rest of the game is your attempt to rid the planet of these human even though they do not fire back. There really is not much more story as there are no cutscenes or anything like that. This title, nonetheless, is a complete experience for a game of this caliber. This title has nine different worlds with fifteen to sixteen levels in each of those worlds. There are also four different bonus worlds that contain between twenty and forty stages.
The biggest gripe that I have with King Oddball is the lack of replayability. There are a lot of levels that will give you a good amount of play time, but once you beat a level there is no going back. The level just disappears once you have finished it. The one exception is the bonus stages in which you can play all of the levels over and over again if you would like. This is a nice addition, but I feel that the entire game should be like this. If I run into a level that I really enjoy, I would have to replay entire game over again to get back to that point. I feel that this is probably the biggest downfall of this game as eventually you will run out of gameplay unless you want to delete your save.
King Oddball is the epitome of what a mobile game that is ported to console should be. While the sounds and visuals are sub-par, I would still recommend picking it up. It is on cheap side, being priced $5, and I feel that that makes it shine for what it’s worth. For five dollars this game has a great amount of gameplay and you will not be disappointed. So if you are ready, grab a couple rocks and prepare for the battle of your life against those annoying humans!
*Note: A copy of the game was provided for the purposes of the review
Final Score: 6.5/10
+Easy to Pick Up
+Very Low Price Point
-Almost No Replayability