& Reviewed by Neil Collins
Madballs by Ocean did actually start to drive me mad
for a while. I played it a few times and just bounced
around, hoping to make some sense of it, but I seemed to
get nowhere fast...
The game is based around a
kids toy that was popular in the
eighties and nineties. They were weird little spherical creatures
that looked pretty gross. The game features many of the
different characters and the aim is to locate eight
specific Madballs. Once found you must bump them off the
platforms that force them to join your party. Once all
eight have joined your strong party you will convince
the Madball World to make you leader of the planet Orb.
It's a little bit like Bounder, in the sense that the
game is played from overhead and you are continually
bouncing around. You have to remain on a solid platform
or you die, which wouldn't be a problem if it wasn't for
the hordes of Madballs that chase you around and
try to bump you off. Graphically it's ok, but the
sprites are quite messy. All the levels look pretty much
the same making navigation between levels quite
fun for a short time and once I had worked out what to
do and where I was going I enjoyed it far more than my
initial experiences of this game. Worth a look if you
enjoy the Bounder games...
The final level is
...and the screen
...the final message
appears. The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I used an infinite lives cheat.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
I quickly knocked 7 Madballs off the platforms but
couldn't find the last one for a while. I eventually
tracked him down and bumped him off and into my party. A
message appeared in orange writing in the centre of the
screen which read 'CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE WON!'.
The game then restarted.