Alpaca Ball All Stars (Switch, PC)

Play soccer with alpacas in this crazy sports multiplayer party game for Switch and PC (reviewed on Switch here).  It’s wacky and alpac-ey simple silly fun for all ages.

Gameplay is like a simple version of soccer where you score points by getting the ball into the opponent’s goal.  You control your alpaca and can swing your neck left or right to hit the ball in that direction.  You can also jump, but if you double tap the jump button, you’ll powershot the ball straight forward if it’s in front of you.  And you can dash with the shoulder buttons.  And that’s pretty much it.

There are two main modes of play.  Career is like the story mode.  You’ll travel around a small cartoony map of South America as you play soccer matches to save your hometown.  You’ll play a match on each mark on the map, but the stadiums and rules change each place.  You may have to play one-on-one or two on two team matches, with or without power-ups, or even kick around a different ball like a football!  One of the only problems I had with this game is that the career mode can get pretty difficult, though.

The other mode is just your standard multiplayer match.  Up to 8 can play at once on teams, and you can change the rules before you play.  Pick your stadium, play time, whether or not you have power-ups, and more.  Power-ups appear randomly and include things like giving you a longer neck for reach, or making other players tiny.  And that’s all to the game.  Aside from the difficulty in the career mode, the only other problem I had was the game could’ve used more content.  If you want a serious soccer game, this isn’t for you.  But if you want a fun and silly simple arcade sports game you can enjoy with friends, you may want to check this one out.

Kid Factor:

Alpaca Ball: All Stars is rated E for Everyone with an ESRB descriptor of Mild Fantasy Violence.  You can tackle other players, and if you get hit, you’ll just be stunned for a second with cartoony dizzy stars, but that’s as violent as it gets.  Reading skill is helpful for the text, and younger gamers may find it too difficult.

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