Pirates Vs. Ninjas Dodgeball Review
Pirates Vs. Ninjas Dodgeball box art
System: X360 (XBLA) Review Rating Legend
Dev: Blazing Lizard 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Gamecock 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Sep. 3, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 (8 Online) 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

One of the best facets of Pirates vs. Ninja Dodgeball is the level design. As I mentioned before, there are only four levels to play through, but they are all very nicely designed and feature different terrains and obstacles you can use to a strategic advantage.


Pirates Vs. Ninjas Dodgeball screenshot


The sound in this game is standard stuff, with the soundtrack providing some good and some not-so good tunes. One thing I was really disappointed in was the lack of character voiceovers for the story mode. The story itself was quite humorous, and some funny voiceovers could have really made this game a bit more memorable

The visuals in Pirates vs Ninjas Dodgeball can best be described as very basic and uninspiring. Character models are not detailed at all, and the overall character design is quite lackluster. Storyline sequences during the story mode only consist of background stills accompanied with some scrolling text. The in-game animations are fluid but still suffer from the game's overall issue with over-simplicity.

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Overall, I have to say that I had a lot of fun playing Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball, but I was extremely disappointed with the lack of content in this game. Playing the same four levels over and over is unacceptable in a modern game and is my chief complaint of this title. It really is a shame, because the central mechanics of the game work very well and the game really is a blast to play with your friends. Nevertheless, I can't recommend this title in good conscience because there just isn't enough content here to keep this game interesting for more than a few hours.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.8
Graphics
Graphics are not incredibly impressive but suffice for a downloadable title. Although, the lack of animated scenes in the story mode is a little annoying.
4.1
Control
Controls are very simple and work well.
2.9
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Music is hit or miss. The lack of character voiceovers is unfortunate.
3.2
Play Value
The story mode is ridiculously short. However, the structure of the game, as well as the customizable and online modes, makes this a great party game, if nothing else.
3.3
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Developed using Infyrno, Blazing Lizard's next-gen proprietary game engine.
  • Art style, theme, and gameplay suited for all age groups.
  • Full single-player Story mode.
  • Traditional and Arcade dodgeball games.
  • Exhibition mode with completely customizable matches for single or multiplayer.
  • Multiplayer support includes four players Local / eight players online, and four-player co-op modes.
  • Four teams to choose from (Pirates, Ninjas, Zombies, and Robots)
  • Large, incredibly detailed arenas allow for teams to roam freely instead of being restricted to sides of a court.
  • Characters equipped with combat moves and unique special abilities help make Blazing Lizard's rendition of dodgeball much more of an action-packed experience.


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