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Over the years Family Friendly Gaming pointed out a plethora of indie titles bring one new and interesting facet, feature, or game play mechanic to the industry. This is exactly what happens with Balancelot on the Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, and Xbox One. We control a squire in Balancelot that wants to become a knight. He is on an unicycle and has a jousting spear. Balance is extremely important in Balancelot.

The balance controls in Balancelot are very difficult to learn. I think I might be able to ride an unicycle and whack things with a jousting spear better in real like than how I did controlling Balancelot. Right trigger moves the wheel forward while the left trigger rolls us backwards. We must work on the balance with the left stick. We can also jump in Balancelot. If you fall forward or backward and your guy touches the ground it is an instant death.

The music in Balancelot is fantastic. The main theme song in Balancelot that plays a lot reminds me of a Veggie Tales song I remember hearing years back. Balancelot has catchy music that can help families try to enjoy this downloadable only home console video game. The indie graphics are a style rarely used within the video game industry. The Rock of Ages video games contain a similar style.

The knights are in a battle against demons in Balancelot. Those ugly looking things must be disposed of by the player or this fantasy world will fall into darkness. We attack enemies in Balancelot with our jousting spear. The fifty levels of Balancelot contain extreme balancing and fighting off demons at the same time. Balancelot is an one hundred and seventy-one meg download on the Nintendo Switch.

There are so many clever things about Balancelot that I wish I liked it more. Balancelot is not a video game for me at all. All I did with Balancelot is struggle with the controls until I gave up. I think of Balancelot as like a Trials video game (with one wheel instead of two) where we actually must do action adventure things. All the while struggling with the controls and dying over and over again. Hardcore gamers who do not mind controls that are difficult to master may enjoy Balancelot.


Graphics: 60%
Sounds: 80%
Replay/Extras: 70%
Gameplay: 50%
Family Friendly Factor: 65%

System: PS4/Xbox One/Nintendo Switch(tested)
Publisher: Ratalaika Games
Developer: AnvilBird Interactive & Jestercraft
Rating: ‘E10+’ – Everyone TEN and OLDER ONLY {Fantasy Violence}
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