King Oddball (PS4) review


By Stephen Snook on Wednesday, April 2, 2014
"Why am I playing this on PS4?"

Let me cut right to the chase, King Oddball really has no reason to be on PS4. It’s priced at R86 or R101 , depending if you buy it with cross play for Vita.

From the interface, to the game itself, it is by all means a physics based mobile puzzle game in the same vein as Angry Birds. Developer 10Tons released it on the Vita back in January and has been rather popular. What’s changed on the PS4?

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You are King Oddball, and your mission is to take over the world. How? By throwing boulders at the military with your tongue. The gameplay is similar to that of Angry Birds, except the level size is fixed, and the tongue sways back and forth without your control. This limitation provides some nice challenge in the later levels, of which there are 120. Progress is made by clearing a 4×4 grid of levels to move onto the next grid.

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A nice touch is the scoring system. Instead of dealing out a ranking like Angry Birds, you just have to complete the level with the boulders you are given. Extra boulders are awarded when you hit three or more enemies with a single boulder. This reduces level grinding significantly and makes progression more satisfying. Occasionally there are bonus levels that use grenades and other modifiers. It’s addicting and fun like Angry Birds, so no complaints there.

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The graphics are very much a flash cartoon, mobile game affair. Don’t expect anything different on the PS4 either. Not to say that it looks bad, but its animation and character design is rather simple, and I don’t particularly like it. King Oddball himself is kind of unique, but it’s an art style all too familiar to me. The backgrounds are rather pretty though. 

The music by Jonathan Geer is catchy, but becomes maddening after a while due to the very short loop that plays over the levels. It would’ve been nice to see more than two short ditties, but this being a primarily mobile game I’d imagine a lot of people would mute the sound anyway.king_oddball_ss_5

Unfortunately, that’s kind of my lasting impression playing this on the PS4. Am I really playing a mobile game on the PS4? There really seems to be no reason for it. It was already released on the Vita, now you can pay a little extra to play a mobile game on your television? It doesn’t make sense. This game feels like something I shove into my pocket after playing it to waste time until the train comes, not sitting on the couch and playing it on my television.

 

King Oddball (PS4) was reviewed by on the of April , 2014 at 1:00 PM on PlayStation 4

TOTAL
6.5
King Oddball is fun, it really is. I could see myself playing this on my phone, or even my Vita, even though there are much better things to play on Vita. But as far as I can see, there is absolutely no reason to buy this on Ps4, and if this appeals to you, I would recommend buying it on a mobile platform.

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Author:Stephen Snook

Lazygamer's Australian correspondent reporting! My name is Stephen Snook and I am 21 years of age. I will be writing for Lazygamer while they poke fun at me for not only being the new guy, but also Australian. Please be kind, I'm awful fragile. I also play games on the internet: www.youtube.com/user/myth1221

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  • Half-Minute Hero [Umar]

    Lolwut..PS4? Loved the game on Vita though

  • Hammersteyn

    Agreed, why on earth bring this to console? They probably saw how many people bought Angry Birds.

    • Stephen Snook

      To be fair, it’s out for basically everything. But I still felt silly playing it.

      • Hammersteyn

        Even PC? Very silly indeed.

        • Stephen Snook

          http://www.10tons.com/Game/king_oddball.html

          Look on the right on the page. They are out for EVERYTHING

          • Hammersteyn

            webOS,bada,Symbian? good heavens it doesn’t even look that good. I’ve played better flash games on Kongregate.

  • Rince

    Why put this on the PS4? Those who have a PS4 more than likely don’t ONLY own a Nokia 3210 and have a cell that can run it. Very strange!

    • Ta’i Ngatokorua

      I loved that phone :/

  • Jedi JJ

    I thought cellphones were for keeping in touch with people.

    • Rince

      Nope.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        RinceTinTin bwhahahahahaha

        • Rince

          You odd ‘man’ :P

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I’m a real boy!

      • Jedi JJ

        Why do I have a grand total of 13 numbers on it then? What a waste of space.

        • Rince

          Well you only have one friend so much suggestion works? *RUNS

          • Jedi JJ

            I also have a girlfriend.

          • Rince

            What’s that? #foreverSP *SNIFF

          • Jedi JJ

            It’s the same feeling you get when you see Trevor, only they feel the same way back.

          • Rince

            You shut up! He feels! He does!

          • Jedi JJ

            Hahaha.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I don’t think disdain counts in this situation.

          • Jedi JJ

            Ouch

          • Rince

            I take what I can get…

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      They’re also for, as I’ve recently discovered, playing Plants vs Zombies.

      • Jedi JJ

        Haven’t actually tried that yet.
        On a serious note. Anyone getting goat simulator?

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          I’m sure as hell not.

  • Half-Minute Hero [Umar]

    It’s better than retail priced Angry Birds on console?

    • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

      Charles Manson was better than Hitler but I wouldn’t invite him to a party either

      • Half-Minute Hero [Umar]

        LOL! Fair point indeed!

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