Developer: WhaleFood Games
Publisher: Blowfish Studios
Genre: Sports, Arcade
Reviewed On: Nintendo Switch
Also Available On: PC, PlayStation, Xbox
It’s been played at conventions and even arcades for a few years, but the final build of KungFu Kickball is finally available on consoles. The game is known for its passionate community and fast paced 2v2 gameplay. How well does this arcade sports title hold up on console?
KungFu Kickball is a multiplayer sports game where two teams control martial arts masters playing a version of soccer. Each team has a bell they will want to defend while attempting to hit the other team’s bell with a kickball. Players can punch and kick each other to slow down their opponents while also hitting the ball to score a point. When the timer runs out, whichever team has more points wins.
There are eight characters for players to choose from with six stages to compete in. Each stage has slight differences like inclines or barriers in front of bells to add challenges. The differences do enough to make each game unique, but they don’t change the way the game is fundamentally played. The gameplay is incredibly simple and doesn’t have much depth. Despite that, it’s still quite enjoyable with a competitive crowd. The swings are always exciting, and there isn’t much out there like scoring a last minute goal.
The core gameplay is enjoyable in the arcade setting, but KungFu Kickball doesn’t have too much lasting appeal. The stages change little after a few hours, and unless a group is really into the game, Kunfu Kickball will feel bland after just a few hours. Still, the price tag isn’t ridiculous, so this isn’t a bad arcade game to dive into for those who want to have short bursts of fun with a group.
The fun probably won't last forever, but KungFu Kickball has an enjoyable gameplay loop that will be a blast for groups of four.