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[Beyond PlayStation] Ultra Space Battle Brawl Review

[Beyond PlayStation] Ultra Space Battle Brawl Review
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Battle in space against other teenagers in an intergalactic version of Pong with a fighting game setup. Sounds weird, right? Learn more about this quirky release in our Ultra Space Battle Brawl review!


 


Ultra Space Battle Brawl – Nintendo Switch Launch Trailer

Fight against your friends in a super-silly-yet-most-awesome-intergalactic-definitely-not-baseball-fight-ever! Sit next to your opponent in this couch party battle game that will make your neighbor wish you were not there, or they were there with you making noise and have a really great time together.

Cheers, screams, and overreactions filled room is something that can be easily associated with Ultra Space Battle Brawl, a couch party game that combines Pong, fighting game, and the spirit of having fun together in an 80s over-the-top aesthetic infused with steroid. Play it with your best buddies, rival, family, even your arch enemies! Ultra Space Battle Brawl is a fun, competitive game for everyone to enjoy.

With simple control and concept that is easy to learn but hard to master, the game focuses on bringing everyone together to enjoy moments of fun. Rest your thoughts and enjoy the adrenaline rush of short yet highly replayable experience.

Ultra Space Battle Brawl is a couch party game that mixes Pong, fighting game, and the spirit of having fun together in an 80s over-the-top aesthetic infused with steroid.

With simple control and concept that is easy to learn but hard to master, the game focuses on bringing everyone together to enjoy moments of fun. Rest your thoughts and enjoy the adrenaline rush of short yet highly replayable experience.

Ultra Space Battle Brawl is a hybrid that feels like a mix of Pong and Street Fighter. It’s a very interesting combination yielding interesting results in gameplay. You face off against a series of opponents and need to beat them in a two out of three rounds set. The match is laid out with a ball in the center and gem(s) protected by minion characters surrounding them. Your character can swing a weapon to knock the ball into play, and again as it bounces between you and your opponent. The goal is to hit your opponent gem five times to deplete their life bar.

 

You can aim when you hit the ball to try and send it around your opponent or towards parts of the gem that have had its minions cleared away so that you can do direct damage. You have a dash maneuver that will help you clear distances faster, and each character has a unique super move you can launch once you’ve charged your meter. They range from creating walls that bounce the ball back to superfast hitting, creating shadow balls, a vortex that will attract the ball to you to hit, and more. Learning these moves so that you can use them at the right time, as well as knowing how to defend against them, is very important.

The game is hard, and there is no difficulty slider, so it took me a few rounds to learn the rhythm and beat my first opponent in Story mode. The AI is no joke and will act as if it knows how to anticipate your every move. One battle pinned me against two opponents who were both able to hit the ball and use their super moves at the same moment, making that scenario feel almost unwinnable, but some patience and trial and error eventually lead to victory.

 

The games art style is definitely unique, and it made me feel as if the team had decided to animate Muppets in a great and indie hand-drawn 2D style. The game’s look works great when everything is in motion, and the 2D character stills used to tell the stories and set up the universe of Ultra Space Battle Brawl.

The game has two modes: Story which has you running through a series of opponents and bonus rounds, and Vs. which is for two local players to battle. I had a buddy over, and we got very competitive with the Vs. Mode, as we both got into the back and forth of the match. I realized that I had more fun when playing against a human opponent than with the challenging AI that the team included in the game.


Final Thoughts

I really liked Ultra Space Battle Brawl. The combination of Pong and a fighting game works really well and makes for a fun arcade-style release. My main criticisms come down to the difficulty level, the lack of extra modes and no online play, but if those things don’t bother you, then you’ll get to enjoy a fun and fast-paced game that is very entertaining when playing against a friend.

Disclaimer
This Ultra Space Battle Brawl review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Toge Productions.

 

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A really different genre bender
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