Hello and welcome to a new series I am calling “At a Glance”, a series in which I give my first impressions of a title and tell you if it’s worth a look or best forgotten. To start the series off, I think its only natural to start with something truly insane. Ladies, gentlemen and sentient machinery, I present to you the madness that is; Robot Roller Derby Disco Dodgeball.

Back in the days of Unreal tournament and Quake, shooters were all about the gameplay, insane map designs, good gun feel and a kick ass soundtrack. Fast forward to 2013 and shooters have come a long way yet in some ways have lost a lot. While we have titles that challenge and innovate on the idea of FPS like Bioshock Infinite with a amazing narrative behind it or Super Hot with an interesting and innovative idea on controls shooting; we have lost a certain feel of old FPS.

Advancements in technology and design are always going to be for the better and will mean old ways of doing things will get left behind, this in no way detracts from these titles but it certainly is a shame to lose probably one of the best parts of old school FPS: frantic insane fun. Thankfully the team behind Robot Roller Derby Disco Dodgeball remembered it!

Developed by the one man team, 82 apps, Robot Roller Derby Disco Dodgeball is one of the most interesting and insane experiences I have had in a game; of course it helps that the game just feels perfect. Game-play basically boils down to the basic fundamentals of dodgeball, grab a ball, and hit someone with it, but instead of just getting hit, you explode. The game utilises a score attack based system in which you hit other people with dodgeballs to gather points.
Where things get really interesting is the inclusion of special moves that improve your scores: jumping can result in mid air attacks, a quick Dash can save you from certain death, a shot can also be affected by the amount of time you charge a shoot up for, if the shot is charged for a long time, the shot will be a lot faster. A normal game of dodgeball is tense enough, but when ‘its held in a loud disco arena, every move could be your last and that is exactly what makes Robot Roller Derby Disco Dodgeball so addictive.

The soundtrack and visuals are definitely a big plus for the game. With already solid gameplay, the game puts you in a large, flashy, colourful arena or dancefloor whichever you prefer to call it. The soundtrack is done by Adhesive Wombat and damn is it good – the fast paced pumping electric sounds mixed with chiptunes are a match made in heaven and fits in with the manic combat like a… well a manic dream.
You can check out Adhesive Wombats bandcamp for more here!

Robot Roller Derby Disco Dodgeball is a return to a lost way of designing multi-player FPS and maybe that’s because it doesn’t even have guns. The only problem some people may have is the look of the game and while it is a little basic, it has a strong framework and to be clear the game is not finished (not finished and I’m already hooked). More updates will be coming to improve the look and performance of the game even saying that, it’s insane just how satisfying the game in it’s current early state. Top that off with the fact it’s really the only FPS based on a game of dodgeball on the market right now, so you really have no excuse not to look into it.

And lucky you, because its the first addition of this little series, we are giving away copies of Robot Roller Derby Disco Dodgeball to give away! Grab them quick before they are all picked up. You can pick up the 6 below or look out for the rest on our Facebook and Twitter accounts over the weekend. Good luck!

https://www. humblebundle. com/gift?key=BDrdcFASZxGUHXnV

https://www. humblebundle. com/gift?key=qr8wmaNnDB8CEbAZ

https://www. humblebundle. com/gift?key=uaShwA8KpWNPRXNw

https://www. humblebundle. com/gift?key=HFM2nFtvWRyFyn8H

https://www. humblebundle. com/gift?key=FhKbpExc5n6brDEs

https://www. humblebundle. com/gift?key=PdrACHynrCXf5x3K

You can check out the game on the official website here:http://82apps. com/DiscoDodgeball/

 You can (and should) vote for it on Steam Greenlight here:http://steamcommunity. com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=194240724