Football Kick by Thunderbolt444
I think the last thing you can call this level is ambitious, it's as simple as it comes: a goal moves up and down and you must press X at the right time so a football goes in a goal. "Surely there's more?" you must be asking, but no I mean it, that's it. Oh sure, you have 2 minutes to score as many goals as possible but if anything 2 minutes is too long.
With a concept this basic, you really expect the execution to be flawless and all in all I'm afraid I found it pretty clunky. Actually aiming your shots is something that seems to have an element of randomness to it, I pride myself on having the reaction time of your average ninja but sometimes I'd hit the ball in the same place as I had before and it would move at a completely different angle, which confused me. On top of this, I've had balls bounce into the goal and then disappear without giving me any points at all.
Thunderbolt444's slap-dash approach has also been applied to the visuals. No effort, at all, has been put into making the level look even remotely like a football pitch and if he wasn't trying to do this (then why the crowd?), then I'm quite sure he could have done much more than making a large block of one material, cutting a square into it and adding 2 stickers. If you want to see what I'm talking about a picture has been put up for us.
Maybe I'm looking at this in the same way that I view a full level and maybe that's the reason I'm being so harsh. But really, for a mini-game style level like this the gameplay+visuals are more important than ever. I guess it is original to an extent, that extent being that it's another take on the basketball levels, but originality only matters if the rest of the level can stand on its own merits, otherwise it's pointless.
I can't help but thinking that this level came out of the creator seeing some repetitive and simple, yet successful versus level, and tried to make his own. Then he could figure out how to make it multiplayer and forgot that these levels are only popular because of local competition.
Now let's have a look at my checklist.
Impression I've left on any future person who wants a review after a track record of only ever posting negative reviews: very poor.
I didn't like this level, maybe you will if you're in to competing against yourself, but if Thunderbolt444 put as much effort into making the level as he has promoting it then we'd have a much more refined and playable experience on our hands
It may seem like I only do these reviews to rant at people, I don't. Bring on the next victim!
@TnTyson: Oh hi there...
@Thunderbolt444: It's probably a good thing I didn't try the zombie level :P But honestly, I've layered out my points and I hope you take them into account when making new levels. (:
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