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Niki Rock 'N' Ball

 

 

SCORE: 66

 

 

 

Have you ever had the desire to roll over others? No. Well neither has this reviewer. Niki Rock ‘n’ Ball allows players to do just that. Be the ball young one, turn into a rock and roll over them. Being a ball allows the player to jump much higher, get killed by the bizarre enemies, and move faster. Being a rock allows the player to roll over “the bad guys,” move slower, and barely be able to jump. In ball form some of the weaker enemies can be dispatched. WiiWare has given us many different experiences, and Niki Rock ‘n’ Ball is a different experience. The clever name of this game has nothing to do with rock and roll, so that was another disappointment.

Visually speaking the WMG is still trying to have the retina heal. The wild colors, and near psychedelic backgrounds are distinctive. The six pearls look okay in Niki Rock ‘n’ Ball, but many of the enemies get repetitive. Many of the levels look similar give players that deja vu feeling all over again. Enemies vanish after the player has rolled over them. Although touching some will make them go away.

The music in Niki Rock ‘n’ Ball gets old very fast. The special effect sounds also get old. Hearing a boing the first hundred times the character hits a spring is cool. After that the WMG just got frustrated with the poor jumping system. Oh just wait my friends, we are almost to that little problem. This reviewer wound up turning the sound off because it felt so much better.

The main reason to replay Niki Rock ‘n’ Ball is because there are medals in each level. Players can also try to beat their best times. Other than that there is no reason to replay Niki Rock ‘n’ Ball. The WMG purchased this Wii game, and felt like it was a waste of money. Learn from this reviewers mistake, and pass on this downloadable game.

Rolling around works okay at times, and is a complete bear others. Jumping in Niki Rock ‘n’ Ball is the most frustrating experience this reviewer has ever had while playing a video game. Niki Rock ‘n’ Ball does not behave, and part of that has to do with the control scheme. There are certain areas of certain levels that are nearly impossible to reach, all because of how this game controls. The physics of Niki Rock ‘n’ Ball make no sense whatsoever.

Picture this if you will - “What did you do today honey?” I rolled over a bunch of people. “Did you become some greedy, self absorbed banker?” No, but maybe they have fun dressing like they are going to a funeral and making others miserable. No, the WMG played Niki Rock ‘n’ Ball on the Wii. A slightly better experience than dealing with a greedy, selfish banker.
- Working Man Gamer

 

Graphics: 67%
Sound: 71%
Replay/Extras: 70%
Gameplay: 50%
Family Friendly Factor: 71%
System: Wii
Publisher: Bplus
ESRB Rating: 'E' - Everyone
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