King Oddball is a one-button physics based puzzle game, where you play as King Oddball and must destroy your enemies with the use of rocks flinging them with the aid of your oddly long tongue. Is King Oddball odd enough to make his way into your game collection? Read our review below to find out..
In a similar vein to 10tons Baseball Riot, King Oddball is a physics based puzzle game where the objective of each level is to destroy all the enemies on screen without running out of ammo. King oddball simplifies the gameplay by introducing 1 button controls. Yes, to play the game all you have to do is press the A button to release your rock from the swinging tongue of King Oddball, extremely simple yet strangely addictive. You could also compare the gameplay to that of Angry Birds.
There’s 144 basic levels to complete, and as you do so you’ll unlock bonus levels along the way. These consist of variants to the standard game such as Hall of Diamonds, where you have 2 rock and a diamond instead of 3 rocks, to complete the levels you have to clear the enemies without using the diamond. The Boom Challenge replaces rocks with grenades, One Rock Challenge gives you just one rock to complete each level (obviously). The Extra Quest features some very tricky levels where you have the use of shells/horns instead of rocks, and finally, if you can find how to unlock it, there’s the hidden Moustache World that features variants of the normal levels.
A lot of the gameplay relies on luck as well as timing as you’ll often find that the rocks will behave differently when released at the same time making the game frustrating at times, you’ll find the majority of the levels passable within a few tries, but now and again there will be one that will have you stumped for ages.
Aside the obvious moves of going straight for the easiest ‘kill’ there’s some strategy involved too. If for example, you manage to kill 3 enemies with one rock you’ll be given an extra rock to use. the same goes for making a rock bounce back and hit the king, although you don’t want to do this too often in one level., as well as getting an enemy to hit the king, both will grant an extra rock.
The levels vary quite a lot, not only adding obstacles such as brick walls, but there will be explosives and big bouncy balls from time to time too, giving you some different options to try. the enemy types also differ, the main one being tanks, but now and then you’ll see soldiers and helicopters. All enemies will sometimes have a shield around them. This must be destroyed first before you can kill the enemy it surrounds.
King Oddball is definitely a game best played in short sessions, (unless you become addicted to it like I did) as if nothing else it will get you tearing your hair out. Visually it has a gritty watercolour style with some colourful back drops that make the main gameplay area stand out. The audio is nothing to shout about as there’s only one repeating soundtrack that will drive you crazy if listened to for too long, so best to turn the volume down.