The RPS Euro 2016 sweepstakes have been formed and in the random draw I have been assigned Portugal. That’s not a bad pick and I’m particularly pleased to be matched against Alec’s Iceland in the first match. If you’re not familiar with the rules of football however, you might like to check out the final trailer for Videoball [official site]. It’s being released on July 12th and is broadly similar to its non-video cousin: teams of one, two or three people launch triangles at balls to knock them into the opponent’s goal zone.
Here’s a hint: Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is the best triangle launcher. Iceland I’m sure are fine.
I suspect this is the kind of game that is better played than spectated, despite its claims towards being a digital sport. For starters, most of the players looking the same makes it really hard to track what’s happening on screen amid the jumble of player-triangles, launched-triangles and balls. But if you were controlling one of those I’d bet it’d clear right up.
Action Button might sound familiar, as the name of Tim Rogers’ now dormant games review website. That’s because Rogers is one of the folks making Videoball. Liking Rogers’ brand of wordy writing probably isn’t a prerequisite – though I do, and here’s a good example. Also he already has design chops as demonstrated by the pleasing Ziggurat. Videoball looks like it might be a fun way to crush friends under foot, just as I will Alec and by extension Portugal will Iceland.
Videoball is coming to Windows, Mac and Linux.