Madballs in Babo: Invasion
one could be forgiven in thinking that this game is a clone of Marble
Madness, however in actual fact, Madballs is a third-person shooter that
does rely on physics (rolling) and a healthy dose of weaponry. Boasting
both single-player and multiplayer options, Madballs in Babo: Invasion
is an interesting twist on the classic third-person shooter.
The catch behind the title is the ball
physics which is a little frustrating at the beginning, however as you
play, you will soon master this little deadly ball of weapons. The
control system is at times reminiscent of a pinball machine as you use
the analog sticks to move and shoot your enemies.
As you progress, you
will be able to unlock a healthy dose of new weapons, each with their
pros and cons and needless to say, there is a great variety which is
needed against the enemies that you face.
The environment will also pose a challenge to the player, especially from
the spikes and pits that you encounter and when the enemies are out and
about, controlling your little avatar can sometimes become quite
frustrating. The game contains two different views that include an
isometric view and a view from above, with both viewers working equally
The unfortunate aspect of Madballs is that
the gameplay begins to become repetitive as you progress through the
game. Initially the fun factor of the game has a “wow” factor, however as you
progress, the “wow” factor begins to wane. This is not to say that it’s
a bad game, it just feels like something is missing as you progress.
Although I did stick with the game, my
frustrations started to rise with the difficulty level.
The battles in
the game are quite fun, however if you rush through the level, you will
generally find yourself overwhelmed by the enemies which is a bad
predicament to be in.
When it comes to multiplayer mode, the
title does take a different twist as you engage in classic death match
and capture the flag modes. Capture the flag is brilliant and is truly a
free for all, however the star of multiplayer is team deathmatch which
can be quite fast paced. Lastly, there is “Invasion” which allows you to
create to an extend your own maps.
Graphically, the title is rather
impressive game with some great physics and environment. The special
effects are decent as are the enemies that you encounter. The music and
sound effects also suits the title, although the voice bites do become a
In conclusion, Madballs in Babo is an
interesting game that throws a new spin on classic third person shooters
and this game would not look out of place on a Nintendo Wii, however
thankfully it’s on the XBox. An interesting game that unfortunately
becomes a tad too repetitive, however it’s definitely worth the entry