Parents' Guide to

Pirates Vs. Ninjas Dodgeball

By Harold Goldberg, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Agressive, knockout dodgeball with zany characters falters.

Game Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii 2009
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All of this sounds pretty cool -- in theory. In practice, the game will frustrate many because the controls and camera angles need work. The script tries to be funny, but isn't. It also has grammatical and punctuation errors and needs editing. While the game appears in 3D, you have no sense of depth due to the birdseye view you're given of the game.

Additionally, the controls need some serious work. Sometimes, you press 'A' to catch a ball and it doesn't work. The alacrity with which you throw a ball doesn't seem to matter, either. In the Wii version, if you flick the remote slowly or quickly, you get the same result as far as velocity goes. And sometimes, your console-controlled teammate will throw a ball at you! With six more months of effort this could have been a compelling game: it has the beginnings of fairly unique characterization, story, and game design. As it stands now, however, it's maddening, frustrating, and disappointing.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Southpeak Interactive
  • Release date: May 13, 2009
  • Genre: Sports
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Animated Blood, Cartoon Violence, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol, Use of Tobacco
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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