Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Beastieball 12 weeks ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 11 weeks ago.
The game is set in a world filled with creatures called Beasties, which have evolved to play a volleyball-style game. You play an ambitious young Beastieball enthusiast who wants to become a coach and win the world's biggest Beastieball event. When you encounter a group of wild Beasties, the hunt to find your team begins.
Play involves exploring the world, interacting with characters, collecting new Beasties for your team, and competing in matches. The matches are turn-based, split into attack and defence phases depending on which team has the ball. When you have the ball, you can pass it between your Beasties, move them around the pitch, and throw the ball back to the other side. You have various moves for each action, and careful choice of what to do is essential. When the other team has the ball, you can select different defence options to stop the ball from touching the ground.
You win a game by touching down the ball on the other team's side, either by throwing it to where there is no defender or by draining all of one of the opposing Beastie's energy with your throws so they drop the ball. As you win games and your team levels up, some Beasties evolve into more powerful forms. The Beasties on your team can form close bonds, which affect how they play when on the pitch together, so carefully nurturing relationships and friendships between your Beasties, and experimenting with different team structures, is essential.
The result is a game that combines turn-based battling and creature-collecting with a sports narrative to create a unique and unusual game that's both fun and challenging.
You can play this game in the following styles:
8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Matches are turn-based and don't require fast reactions or precise actions, but do need careful planning and consideration of what your moves should be. There's also depth to the way your Beasties interact with each other to power up their moves on the pitch.
Account RatingYou don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.
Release Date: Coming soon
Coming Soon: Mac and PC
Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Players: 1 (2 online)
Accessibility: 29 features
Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon and Grid
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