Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball
Reviewed by Didi Cardoso
Review Date Platform Genre Rating Production
2015-02-24 PC FPS E (Everyone) Erik Asmussen / 82 Apps

There aren't a lot of multiplayer games that I play. In fact, I can be very anti-social in my gaming, but recently I've found the right people to play games with and it has been a lot of fun. One of my recent discoveries in terms of multiplayer fun was Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball (try saying that five times fast!) on Steam.

As the name clearly states, Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball is a first-person shooter where you play dodgeball as a robot on a unicycle in stages that resemble a mix of psychedelic dance club and skate park.

The controls are your standard WASD for movement, with E for brakes, Shift for speed boost and the spacebar is used to jump. You pick up a ball by running into it and fire it by clicking the left mouse button, and charge your shot by holding the same button (although you will move a bit slower while charging). If you left click at the right time as a ball is being thrown at you, you can catch it, but this is easier said than done. A hit means an instant kill.

The multiplayer games are easily set up with a few clicks, or you can just join a ready-made server. You don't even have to have buddies online to start a game, as AI robots will be put in place for you. As players join in, they will replace the AI with their own robots, and where the robots may seem somewhat even opponents, some people out there are just downright pros.

The arenas offer plenty of different layouts ranging from simple open areas to complex tiered levels, scattered power-ups, ramps and jump pads, and the lights always glow with the rhythm of the music.

As you play and earn experience, you gain levels which unlock customization options for your robot. These are purely cosmetic to make you stand out a little bit and add a touch of silly fun to the robots' faces: sunglasses, cat whiskers, fangs and other facial features.

There are a number of game options available, from the traditional Deathmatch to Score Battles, a Demolition Derby where you race around checkpoints, Super Ball where you must hold possession of the ball, Hoops which is basically basketball. Every time you get hit your robot explodes but respawns. Unless you are playing Elimination, where you are unable to respawn until another team player catches a ball.

Aside from these there is also a Training mode where you can practice skill shots, and a Tutorial to teach you the basics.

I know some of you will probably look at the screenshots and think the game looks bare and uninspired, but let me assure you that once you get into it, the action and the music take over, the simplicity of the arenas comes to life as well as it lights up and changes colors to the beat.

While initially very humble-looking, Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball has enough to keep gamers entertained for quite a while, be it a couple of matches or a few hours at a time. It's also family friendly, since there is no blood or excessive violence, just funny looking robots getting hit by a ball.

From my first game, I was drawn in by the fast-paced environment and upbeat soundtrack. Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball runs smoothly, is a ton of fun especially with a group of friends, and makes for a pretty good casual distraction.

Check it out for yourself by downloading the demo here. For more gameplay footage, browse the playlist below. Mind the occasional swearing!