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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Bang-On Balls: Chronicles (2023) is an action-adventure where you play a ball exploring a film studio set up for different historical eras. Play involves rolling and jumping around to explore the world and defeat enemies. It's a game that embraces whacky silly fun like Goat Simulator, only here you get to do it with four of your friends.

Each of the different periods has its own mechanics, collectable items, and enemies to dispatch. Unlike other games that take their story and progression seriously, this is a game about mucking about and having fun. You can hop around the large levels as much as you like, or find a warp to another whole era: from the Vikings to the Age of Pirates, to Feudal Japan and even the Space Race.

Each world is large and full of content to discover. Almost everything in the game is destructible which leans into the sandbox experience. Rather than attacking enemies straight on you are often better off setting up the world to collapse on them and deal more damage.

The result is a gloriously silly game that offers the kind of platforming fun of Mario or Sonic but with the aesthetic and playfulness of games like Goat Simulator.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Bang-On Balls: Chronicles 3 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action, Platform and Traversal game with Adventure, Collecting, Fighting and Simulation elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room or as a 4-player online game. There is online co-op on all systems for up to 4 players. Local multiplayer options are different on each system:
  • PC: 2-player split screen.
  • PlayStation/Xbox: 4-player split screen.
  • Switch: Each player needs their own Switch and the game to play wirelessly in the same place.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 8 hours to complete. Additional content being added extends the number of locations to visit and activities to complete or collect.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to be able to move around the world and hold buttons down to grab onto things. However, younger players can still enjoy messing around even if they don't progress the missions.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.

CostsCosts

Bang-On Balls: Chronicles usually costs £19.99 to £22.49.
 

Bang-On Balls: Chronicles

XBox Store Xbox X|S £20.99
XBox Store Xbox One £20.99
XBox Store Xbox X|S £20.99
XBox Store Xbox One £20.99
Switch Store Switch £22.49
Steam Store PC £20.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £19.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £19.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
 
The game offers ongoing free content at no extra cost. For example, May 2024 sees the Wild West update that adds five new regions with train robberies, rail carts, horseback riding and racing, and more bosses. 
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 05/10/2023, updated in 2024

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-4 (4 online)

Genres: Action, Platform, Traversal (Adventure, Collecting, Fighting and Simulation)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Developer: Exit Plan Games (@ExitPlanGames)


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