Odama review

The ancient Japanese art of battle pinball. Wait, what?

GamesRadar+ Verdict

Pros

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    A unique blend of two game types

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    Plenty to do

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    given your limited input

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    Always a challenge

Cons

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    The difficulty is unfair

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    Bad luck = you lose

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    When the timer runs out. Argh

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Ikaruga. Know what it means? We'll give you a moment. If you're still stumped, then you probably don't care about Odama. The very definition of a niche title, Ikaruga is a game that few non-hardcore gamers know about, a top-down, GameCube shooter that's as challenging as it is beautiful -and it's very beautiful. The point is, if you didn't track down Ikaruga and then spend hours mastering each and every level of that punishing but polished game, then you probably aren't going to want to spend the time and effort it takes to deal with Odama's bizarre mixture of pinball and strategy either. It's in the same class.

More info

GenreStrategy
DescriptionForget logic, just enjoy the strategic and arcadey fun, as pinball meets strategy.
Platform"GameCube"
US censor rating"Everyone 10+"
UK censor rating""
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)
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