Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Pirates vs Ninjas Dodgeball Review (Wii)

Thanks to the great people at Role Mommy, my family received a complimentary copy of the new Wii game, Pirates vs Ninjas Dodgeball. This game is rated E-10+ (suitable for those aged 10 and above), so I took it to an “expert” -- my teenaged son, an experienced gamer -- to play and review. Here’s what he had to say:

It has long been debated on Internet forums and gaming websites: If a pirate and a ninja were to face-off, who would win? For years, geeks, nerds, and dweebs alike have debated this question. In the new video game by SouthPeak Games, Pirates vs Ninjas Dodgeball, players can finally answer that age-old question, that is, if they don’t mind trading in the cutlasses and katanas for rubber balls!

The game features a story mode campaign that is comically cheesy and filled with puns, making it especially appealing to tween boys. There are two different campaigns and five unlockable campaigns. These campaigns are fairly difficult, which may frustrate young children, but will challenge mid-level gamers. And the game, while being centered on pirates and ninjas, does feature other bizarre factions that you would never imagine to square off on a dodgeball court, including aliens, robots, zombies and even mushroom men (each with their own story campaign)! There are also eight different dodgeball arenas. Although they all are the same rectangular shape, some arenas feature obstacles that can change the way the match is played (such as gravestones you can hide behind or trees you can jump around).

The game also includes an interesting additional game type: Dodgebrawl. This is essentially the same as regular dodgeball but without the rules and boundary lines. Where this game does shine, though, is in the multiplayer mode. Up to four people can play competitively or cooperatively for any team they choose. There is definitely something satisfying about leading your own team of misfits to victory when you are playing against a friend. And teaming up to bring down the AI [artificial intelligence] is also very enjoyable.

If you’re a very serious gamer, then this probably isn’t the game for you. Tweens (ages 10-13) will appreciate this game the most. You can read more about Pirates vs Ninjas Dodgeball at the SouthPeak Games website. You can also watch a video for the game here.

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