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By Chris Jozefowicz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Quirky game rolls out strange fun for kids.

Game Nintendo GameCube 2006
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If this sounds crazy, that's because Odama is a crazy game -- and fun. Battlefields are chaotic, with little men rushing everywhere, while the odama causes Godzilla-level destruction (on allies and enemies). The game is a delicious sensory overload: Players frantically command their troops to capture a strategic position, smash the ball with the flippers, tilt the table to direct the shot at a giant samurai warrior, and launch food to distract the hungry enemy army, all at the same time.

There are a few problems: Collisions with objects on the field can send the odama careening in unpredictable ways. Some battlefields restrict ball movement, confining it in some cases to predefined lanes. Additionally, players must repeat some commands to keep the armies on task. Even so, Odama's insane mix of story elements and frantic action keep it appealing despite the flaws.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo GameCube
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: April 24, 2006
  • Genre: Arcade
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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