I’ll admit that the promise of this game had me quite intrigued when I first saw it. With some cool character and stage art, slick tunes, and the thought of mixing a bit of fighting with sports it seemed to have quite a bit of potential. Unfortunately, in practice, while the element of cool is still there the gameplay really comes up short with a marked lack of variety and nuance. With the likes of Windjammers and even Dodgeball Academia out there, boasting a strong set of moves, some marked differences between characters, and tight gameplay, KungFu Kickball comes across as a bit dull with its pretty large arenas that are unfortunately also quite empty. Pair that with your pretty limited move set that is almost entirely identical across characters and pretty quickly it feels like you sort of hit a wall in terms of variety in gameplay. Granted, the different arenas at least do a solid job of providing some challenges with their different layouts, but in the end it still doesn’t bring enough to the table as a whole to be memorable against some deeper choices out there already.
Justin Nation, Score: