Super Dodgeball Brawlers Review
Super Dodgeball Brawlers box art
System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Million / Arc System 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Aksys 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: May 27, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-8 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Speaking of damage, and who doesn't like to speak of damage, the brawling aspect of the game allows you to get down-and-dirty, employing cheap and dirty tactics. You can run into the other team's court and deliver some choice kicks and punches. By doing so, you can cause the other team to lose control of the ball, which is always a good thing since that would mean you won't be on the defense.

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Being on the defense means there's no chance of you scoring any points, but instead face the prospect of being eliminated. The brawling tactics do deplete your opponent's health, but it only chips away at it, whereas a good solid hit with the ball takes a huge chunk of stamina away. Besides throwing the dodgeball, a variety of objects will appear onscreen, that can also be lobbed at the opposing team including baseballs, chains, hand grenades, and soda machines.

With one cartridge, up to eight players can take part in the Brawl mode. It's a free-for all, and despite the small screen, it's easy to keep track of your character and what he or she is doing. There are times when it tends to degenerate into a big mess, especially when most of your team crowds into one area. You do have the option of playing a straight game of dodgeball without any combat or weapons. That only serves to show you how weak the actual gameplay is without the added brawling elements.

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The speed of the game varies due to the increase in difficulty, and for the most part it suits your abilities. The problem is that regardless of how slow the ball is moving, it can be quite a task to grab hold of it. The controls are not consistently accurate. At times, the ball may be to the side of you and picking it up is as easy as pressing a button. Other times, the ball can be right in front of you and you'll miss it, even though you had it dead to rights. It's frustrating to lose the ball due to a faulty control system. Fortunately, the control layout is intuitive and responsive for the most part.

Super Dodgeball Brawlers screenshot

As updated as this version claims to be, it wears its old school heritage on its sleeve. Graphically, the court looks flat, the players look squat, and the animation is stiff. This is pure vintage arcade all the way, including the cheesy 80's style synthesizer patches that percolate and buzz the melodies in front of a bed of retro techno rhythms.

Super Dodgeball Brawlers is little more than a nostalgia trip, but it's a short trip, so there's no reason to pack your bags.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.2
Graphics
Flat, squat, and isometric perspective. Old school but not in a charming way.
3.0
Control
Some collision control issues, but otherwise decent.
2.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Cheesy 80's arcade-style tunes and sound effects.
3.0

Play Value
Fun for a while. Multiplayer may add some replay value.

2.5
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Over 100 ball-busting special attacks! Dish out a variety of pain with over 100 special attacks with their own special animations and effects, like the Cactus Attack, Panda Shot, and Spear.
  • Finally, an open season for violence! There are some new rules on the playground this time around. If the old-fashioned way doesn't work for you, you can now use punches, kicks, and even weapons against the opposing team.
  • Introducing the Super Gauge System! Activate a "Team Upgrade Attack" with the Touch Screen when your Super Gauge reaches its maximum level. Boost a team member's status or unleash an "Instant Kill" special attack to turn the tide of battle.
  • Create-a-character mode! Create and customize your own dodgeball dream team.
  • The perfect game for multiplayer mayhem! Compete in a traditional game of dodgeball against a friend or take part in a multiplayer street brawl with up to 8 players.


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