Kid Ball Adventure (PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, X/S, PC)

You are a little bouncing ball with a backwards cap enjoying a day with your pink ball girlfriend.  But suddenly a mean green ball riding a dragon takes her to his castle, so you must bounce your away around 2-D obstacles to save her.  At first glance this may look like one of those super challenging and frustrating Super Meat Boy style games, but it’s actually not that bad.  Kid Ball Adventure is available on all current consoles and PC, but reviewed on PS4 here.

Play control is super simple.  You just move left and right with the control stick and that’s it.  You are constantly bouncing, so you must time your jumps so you can bypass spikes, enemies, and other obstacles.  It kind of reminds me of the “Flea” game in Parasite Pack.  Your goal is to collect a key and enter a door in each single screen level.  If you get hit by something dangerous, you must start the level over again.

There are also gems scattered around the levels.  Collect ten of them to earn an extra life.  Although extra lives seem kind of pointless because if you lose them all, you can still just restart the level and have ten lives again!  There’s also time trial modes as well.  While this game may look like one of those annoyingly hard Super Meat Boy style games, it’s actually not that bad.  Some of the levels are still a little tricky, but it’s a doable challenge.

Kid Factor:

Kid Ball Adventure is rated E for Everyone with an ESRB descriptor of Mild Fantasy Violence.  I you get hit by an obstacle or enemy, you just dissolve into pixels and start back at the beginning of the stage.  Reading skill isn’t needed to play, and while the game can be a little challenging at times, with patience and practice I think most kids can get it.

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