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Madballs in Babo: Invasion review

Keep an eye on this one


  • Fun
  • breezy combat
  • Cool levels
  • Goofiness abounds


  • 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

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DescriptionThe 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.
Platform"Xbox 360","PC"
US censor rating"Everyone 10+","Everyone 10+"
UK censor rating"7+","7+"
Alternative names"MiBI","Madballs in... Babo: Invasion"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)