If someone told me that I was about to play a game in which one controls a rolling eyeball with a gun, I would have laughed at them. After I got up from the floor, I would have still thought that they were joking, but boy would I have been wrong. The game, Madballs in Babo: Invasion, is actually pretty decent, subtracting a couple of small errors anyway. In this slightly off-beat game, the player controls a rolling eye called a Madballs, a bit of fun originally from the 1980s which was both a toy and cartoon.
When the game first starts, the player is introduced to the story — the very basic story. The player is part of an alien race trying to find an artifact and an evil lord has followed them to a planet. The goal is to defeat the evil aliens so that the good one's survive. However, one doesn't have to got it alone, the player gets plenty of help in the form of different characters, a lot of weapons, and a co-op mode.
The real fun begins after the cutscene introduction ends, and it all looks amazing. There are lots of hidden items and weapons and as one uses different weapons they unlock a weapon of the next higher tier. Each weapon has a secondary fire mode and each character has a special power. Trying to unlock everything will keep one playing for hours.
The game is not without strategy either. The player needs to find the right combination of characters and weapons in order to move forward. This causes one to think about will work best in the different situations, adding even more depth to the game.
The several multiplayer modes will also keep one busy. There is a four player co-op mode as well as a co-op story mode that is needed to unlock items for the other multiplayer modes. Those modes include flagship, avatar, deathmatch, and capture the flag. Deathmatch and capture the flag are pretty self explanatory, with the former, one is on a team or by themselves and has to get the most kills. With the latter, players are on teams and have to kill their way past others to get the opposing team's flag. Flagship mode features players creating their own maps and facing off against one another, and finally, in Avatar mode, one plays as avatar heads that they get to shoot at later on.
The game looks amazing, the world is very well detailed. It is a 2D game with the in-game models and the background in 3D. Levels are not simply linear, multiple paths exist to travel from one end of a level to the other. Users will want to play multiple times because one doesn't get access to all the available weapons in a level during the first run-through. Whatever is obtained weapon-wise in one level is available for use in earlier stages during subsequent trips to them.
In the most basic assessment, the game is a fun one. There are a lot of different modes and unlockables that will keep one playing for a long time. Plus, several of the game modes bring something new and interesting to the table — always a good thing.
Madballs in Babo: Invasion is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) by the ESRB for Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence. This game can also be found on: Xbox 360.