Videoball Is Out Now, Now You Can Videoball

With all the European football out of the way the whole continent is currently nursing a sporty hangover. So there’s never been a better time to sit inside and play pretend sports. Videoball [official site] (or VIDEOBALL for the caps lock inclined) is a sport you can pretend to play right now because it came out this week. Come and learn more about it and watch an 18 minute infomercial (!) about this game.

The rules seem easy. Teams of triangles (from 1-3 players on each side) face off across a pitch and control triangles, which can fire smaller triangles. Hit the round ball with the tringles to fire it toward your opponents rectangular goal. Yes, there are lots of shapes. It’s very shapely. There are more bits to it – “slams” and “reversals” and so on, but you get the gist.

If you’d like the longer version, Graham posted about the release trailer last week. And if you’d like the even longer version you can watch this 18 minute infomercial recorded by Action Button, the game’s creators, featuring one-time videogames writerman Tim Rogers, who is now responsible for helping to create pretend sports like this.

Did you enjoy that? That was a lot of words, wasn’t it. But then again, Tim was once renowned in journalism circles for being given 500-word articles to write and instead producing 10,000-word sagas. But then again he is good.

Videoball is £6.99/9,99€/$9.99 on Steam for Windows.

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5 Comments

  1. hernique says:

    oh my god i’ve watched it all

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    DantronLesotho says:

    I played this at at a game expo before Pax East last year, and ended up playing wayyy too much because of how fun it was. If I had any friends that I played games with, I would pick this up immediately.

  3. Whiskey Jak says:

    Bought it based on some extremely postive reviews it got. Played for maybe 20 minutes but I had such a terrible time with it that I stopped and I’m not feeling like ever going back. I’m doubly frustrated because it feels like I’m missing on something because “I don’t get it”.

    • Zankman says:

      Well, you still have more than 1 hour to test it out and “try to get it”; If you don’t, no need to rack your brain about it… Just refund it.

    • purpledoggames says:

      This is the first game I have ever got a Steam refund for. I loved the trailers, love the idea and thought I would love it. Bought it a few hours after release. I expected it to grab me like Rocket League, but somehow it didn’t, and I still haven’t really been able to work out why. The presentation is wonderful, the mechanics are perfectly represented but somehow the very basic act of hitting the ball felt empty. The small triangles aren’t powerful enough, and the medium triangles have to be perfectly square on the ball to be effective. The slam triangle ends up being an advantage to the other team most of the time. And even all that said, I understand why things are like they are, for balance. I don’t get why it didn’t click with me, and I wish it had.