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Madballs in Babo: Invasion review

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Pros

  • Fun
  • breezy combat
  • Cool levels
  • Goofiness abounds

Cons

  • A license of... what?
  • Goofy tone won't amuse everyone
  • Pretty insubstantial

Based on the 1980s rubber ball toys (no, us neither), Madballs should be awful. But it’s brilliant. You play one of a few rolling eyeballs, equipped with a selection of weapons, shooting stuff in platformy 3D levels, gathering bonuses and giggling at the silly jokes.

As you progress you gain new eyeballs, new weapons for them to use (these are tantalisingly scattered around earlier arenas, unavailable to you yet), and tougher enemies to fight. The larger arenas lend themselves well to multiplayer levels.

A great sense of humour makes this simple, solidly made shooter a degree more special. At the cheap price, Madballs in Babo: Invasion is a surprising treat.

Oct 12, 2009

More Info

GenreShooter
Description

The roll-and-gun gameplay is easy to pick up and offers a surprising amount of fun for ten bucks on XBLA - the intense multiplayer is the highlight.

PlatformXbox 360, PC
US censor ratingEveryone 10+
UK censor rating7+
Alternative namesMiBI, Madballs in... Babo: Invasion
Release date15 July 2009 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)