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Dodgeball Academia

By Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Sports tale knocks out competition in fun school adventure.

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This role-playing game (RPG) develops quirky characters and fast-paced action of dodgeball into an entertaining adventure. Like other RPGs, Dodgeball Academia brings a group of kids together and pits them against opponents to see who the best party might be. Except instead of bloodshed, you're gaining experience, pocket change, and bragging rights over your fellow students. As you progress through the eight episodes of the game, you'll defeat countless players that stand in your way, eventually turning some of your rivals into teammates and earning their respect (as well as their special abilities) which you can use to defeat even harder teams. Plus, you're building up new powerful throws, adding elemental attacks, purchasing new gear and food to make your team stronger, and boosting your ultimate attacks to secure your victory on the court. What's also nice to see is a team of misfits come together and become a formidable force, led by a kid who's genuinely a nice individual that only wants to prove that he's a skilled dodgeballer. The game also packs a nice amount of humor, and it's nice to see an RPG that's not solely focused on a fantasy adventure or futuristic setting to entertain players.

There are some issues that takes a bit of air out of the balls being thrown. For one thing, while this is a unique adventure, it's very short -- you can beat it in about 15 hours, so it really flies by. It's fine that it's short, but it would be awesome to have a longer experience in this dodgeball centered world (fingers crossed for a possible sequel). A larger issue are the spikes in difficulty, which pop up unexpectedly, such as back to back fights without a chance to heal your team, environmental hazards that imbalance your play, or teams that give you a surprising challenge. This may cause you to restart a match multiple times until you figure out how to overcome the obstacle in your way. These issues aside, Dodgeball Academia is a fun and unique twist to the RPG formula that sports fans and RPG fans will enjoy.

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