Broomstick League

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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High-flying fantasy sport lacks its own magic.

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Positive Messages

There's a heavy focus on teamwork during matches, with players needing to work on good communication and strategy to score.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are basically just customizable avatars for players, with no real personalities of their own.

Ease of Play

It can be disorienting at first when flying throughout each arena. Also, aiming spells on the fly while also carrying or trying to take the ball can get overwhelming.

Violence

Players can bump and knock each other around and use spells to steal or launch the ball. It's minor sport-related violence. There are some arenas with interactive elements, such as trolls and the like, that attack the players as hazards.

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Language

While there's no profanity in the game, online communications between teammates could still expose younger players to offensive language.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Broomstick League is a fantasy sports game available for download on Windows-based PCs. Players participate in aerial soccer-style matches, using magic spells and flying broomsticks in small arenas. Outside of 1v1, head-to-head matches, the game has a strong focus on teamwork, encouraging players to work together to defeat opposing teams. There's some mild competitive violence in matches, with players bumping into each other and stealing the ball from one another. There are also some environmental hazards, in the form of creatures like trolls and other monsters, which will attempt to attack players as they fly through the arena. Parents should be aware that there is still a chance for younger players to be exposed to offensive language via online chats.

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What's it about?

It's time to put your wizarding skills to the test in BROOMSTICK LEAGUE, a fantasy-based aerial sports adventure currently available for download on Windows-based PCs. Players will dust off their magic wands and polish off their broomsticks as they take flight in a magical mashup of soccer and dogfighting. You'll own the skies in fast-paced duels featuring 1v1, 2v2, and 3v3 matches, teaming with other wizards from around the world. You can dive bomb past opponents in calculated moves to steal the ball or aim carefully and cast a spell on your opponent to blast the ball away. Need to gain position on the opponent? Dip into your spellbook and cast blink to teleport to a more advantageous position on the field.  Just make sure to dodge the reach of giant trolls and use dragons to your advantage in any of the game's mystically enchanted arenas.

Is it any good?

Admittedly, it's hard to talk about this game without the obvious comparisons to a certain fictional wizard and a certain magical broomstick flying sporting event set in his "wizarding world." That said, it's not necessarily a fair comparison -- in fact, Broomstick League feels at its core more like it's trying to force the mechanics and gameplay of the hit Rocket League into a Harry Potter-esque presentation. Unfortunately, the game falls far short of doing either successfully.

The first problem with Broomstick League has to do with the game's controls. While flying on a broomstick might seem fun on paper, in practice the game never quite gets things right. It's a mess to try and navigate 360 degrees in flight while aiming to pull or push the ball where you like. Many times, it feels like you've got to get right on top of the ball to affect it with a spell. Meanwhile, the AI bots seem able to pick off shots from across the map. And though the game is obviously trying to copy the style of Harry Potter, it feels very generic in its presentation. Although players have a lot of personal customization options, characters never really stand out. Between the camera issues and bland environments, it's simply lacks any real magic to connect with players.

Talk to your kids about ...

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