I’m a fan of the fact that this is a game that does things its own way and mixes together genres, but the main event falls flat
Given that the sport of Roller Derby isn’t currently represented on the Switch, this is a title that caught my eye and sounded like it could be a nice shot in the arm. But while it definitely has a flavor all its own, both in terms of its characters and its unusual mix of strategy and action in matches, it doesn’t really feel like it fully gels and perhaps could have used a little more refinement to improve the experience and make it more appealing to a broader audience. You play as the coach of a motley team of gals who share a love for roller derby. In general the game is played in 2 very different phases, with you first doing your best to keep tabs on, help, and hopefully keep your team motivated and happy, and then another where you’ll get into actual competitive matches that blend together some strategy with a bit of action. If you’re a fan of unusual characters and storylines you’ll likely have some fun here, as many events that occur are surprising, sometimes bordering on baffling, as in “did that really just happen?!?” Getting around your hotel and understanding what you need to progress can be a chore, but it’s certainly unique. Where I felt it really fell down a bit was in the roller derby matches themselves, which somewhat awkwardly mix team strategy with some button-mashing action, but for me never felt genuinely fun to play. Credit where it’s due for the team behind this swinging for something different, it’s just hard not to feel it doesn’t really live up to its full potential.
Justin Nation, Score: