Tuesday 7 February 2023

On the Ball (SNES review)

Developer: Taito
Publisher: Taito
Released: 1992

On the Ball is a ball rolling game that was originally released as Cameltry (1989, Arcade).

+ 100 stages are available, so there's plenty to keep you occupied and the inclusion of 3 credits per world is generous.

+ Multiple paths throughout the stages results in increased replayability as you attempt to beat your high score.

+ Scattered time bonus items add a risk-reward element as to whether it's worth obtaining them due to the ticking clock.

+ Controls are spot-on (affording you extreme precision) and the ball physics are surprisingly accurate.

- Offers nothing new after the first world and the difficulty pacing is wildly inconsistent as you progress.

- Some gimmicks tend to frustrate rather than entertain, such as the reverse gravity that flips your controls.

- Game doesn't remember your progress after beating a world, so you must enter a password at the title screen to continue.

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