Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Thetaball by Tim Sheehan.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the game for review purposes but like all of my reviews, this had no effect on my thoughts and experiences.
Thetaball is a rather unique physics based sports game that’s built around robots and advanced AI. The developer of the game created the AI for multiple applications and Thetaball is the first true work with it. Each of the 256 robots in the game is controlled by the AI and each one has it’s own unique behaviors. They were designed to be their own unique individuals and to be diverse and realistic in their actions. The AI is quite impressive and as you rank up and move on to tougher league’s the AI only gets smarter, and tougher.
The game features quite a few different game modes for you to take part in. The first are called Drills. Drills allow you to learn the basics of the game or hone your abilities in various training exercises. You also get a bonus if you complete every drill the game has to offer. Each drill is ranked and your score is uploaded to the leaderboards.
The second game mode is season mode. This is where you advance through the leagues and consists of 6 rounds. There are 4 different games that play out during a season and you’re able to bet on matches that you aren’t competing in to earn more money. You’re also able to watch the matches play out in full so you can observe how well the AI competes. There’s also an option to speedup/skip the match and go right to the final score if you so choose.
The third game mode is a local multiplayer mode for up to 8 players. You can choose to play against each other (8 Players) or choose to be on the same team in a co-op match (6 Players). There’s no online multiplayer so you’ll need to grab a few friends locally.
During a match your main objective is to score as many points as possible while preventing the opposing team from scoring goals. It’s setup a lot like football except the players are replaced with roomba like robots.
The game’s graphics are soaked in neon and are quite minimalist in nature so you won’t have any trouble running the game regardless of your hardware specs.
Sound wise the game is unique in the fact that it sounds like the game takes place in, or under, water. There’s a water like reverb added to the game which is strange yet fitting.
There’s also daily cash bonuses so if you play the game daily you’ll receive more money. You can use this money to purchase better robots for your team. The robots you can purchase changes daily as well so it’s a good idea to check back often to improve your team further.
Overall, Thetaball is an incredibly addicting game and it features some excellent AI. It’s been a long time since I’ve been impressed with the AI in a video game but it felt great going up against opponents that were lifelike and unique. If you’re into sports games and want something that’s more retro in nature, then I highly recommend Thetaball.
Thanks for taking the time to read the review folks and I’ll be back with my next review soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers Out!