I’m not quite sure what King Oddball is trying to accomplish. That’s the game’s biggest problem. This game lacks identity, but more than that, it’s just not consistently fun to play. By the end of the game, you’ll wish you were playing something else.
King Oddball lets you play with the touch screen or with standard button inputs. The controls are really simple and basically involve one action. You tap or press a button to release the candy-cane-looking-rock-or-whatever-that-thing-is into tanks and helicopters to destroy them. You have a set amount of these rocks per level and your goal is to take out all the enemies before you run out of them. You can get the rocks back if you get a high enough combo or if the rock touches King Oddball as it rebounds.
You navigate a small grid and knock out levels in order to progress to more levels on the map. There were times when I spent more than 15 minutes on a single level that should have taken me a couple minutes simply because the level wasn’t designed well. Some levels weren’t difficult, they were nearly impossible. Other levels can be knocked out in seconds. The game doesn’t increase in difficulty as you progress through the game, but is sort of random. Level placement seems arbitrary and the bonus levels feel like chores without reward of any kind. Be prepared to reset a level dozens of times because you messed up on the first throw.
The art style of this game is mostly nice, hand drawn images, but the art direction is all over the place. I’m not sure what the pumpkin-looking king thing with a long tongue is doing destroying tanks or why it throws grenades in some levels instead. It’s like King Oddball doesn’t know why either.
As for sound and music, this game fails at both. I felt like I was listening to the same song almost the whole five hours I spent with this game. The same generic jingle plays at the end of every level to the point where you’ll want to turn off the sound completely (that’s what I ended up doing). There’s nothing special about the sound effects either. You’re better off listening to country music at this point, and I don’t know about you, but I despise country music.
You’ll be relieved, rather than satisfied, when levels are over and happy the game is over when and if you reach the end. Do yourself a favor and spend your money elsewhere.
My time with King Oddball left me more frustrated than anything else. There were brief times when I enjoyed myself, but I mostly just wanted to stop playing. I think you’re better off playing Angry Birds or something else if you really want a game in this genre.