Three years ago, a prototype game known as Stikbold was developed during the Nordic Game Jam. The development team known as Game Swing was praised for their creation, so they decided to develop a full game based on their original idea. Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure originally saw a release on Steam, but has now crossed over to home consoles. As suggested in the title, the aim of the game is to play Stikbold, which is the Danish word for Dodgeball. If you have ever played the sport, there are no major omissions from it’s real world counterpart, but there are a few additions to the formula which will please gamers and sport fans alike.
In Stikbold!, you work together with one or two team-mates to eliminate the other team. In all modes, you can use a combination of human player or AI helpers in your quest for victory. Besides basic movement using the left analog stick, the only buttons you need to remember are the left and right triggers, which allow you to catch and throw the ball respectively, or to tackle your opponent to try and retrieve the ball from their grasp. There are no complicated special moves to learn, so the playing field is evened out, making the experience more user friendly as a result. Against the computer controlled opponents, the fast pace of a match relies on you having razor sharp reflexes to dodge their attacks, whilst making your own when the opportunity arises. When you eventually earn the vital points for defeating the opposing team, there is a definite sense of achievement, rather than relief at the outcome.