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Bang-On Balls Chronicles Early Access Review

I must admit, when I first stumbled upon Bang-On Balls Chronicles Early Access, I couldn’t help but chuckle at the seemingly comical title. Little did I know that beneath its humorous facade lay an incredibly enjoyable open-world platformer that would captivate me from the moment I delved into its vibrant world. This is not your typical run-of-the-mill platformer; it’s a thrilling and immersive adventure that offers an astonishing level of detail and a refreshing twist on the genre.

From the get-go, Bang-On Balls Chronicles impresses with its unique visuals. The game has one of the most visually stunning open-world environments I’ve encountered in indie games. The landscapes are expertly crafted, and the color palette blends seamlessly, creating a visually appealing and immersive atmosphere that kept me engaged throughout my playtime.

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But it’s not just the stunning visuals that make Bang-On Balls Chronicles stand out—it’s the level of customization available to players. While these cosmetic options may not impact gameplay, they add a delightful touch to the overall experience. From quirky hats to fancy shields, there’s a seemingly endless array of options to personalize your ball. I found myself eagerly unlocking and equipping different accessories, including a glorious mustache that added some extra panache to my character!

One of the game’s most impressive features is its diverse and expansive levels. Each stage presents players with a variety of objectives, from wanton destruction to daring rescues. The Viking theme, for example, exudes authenticity with its intricately designed architecture and formidable enemies. But what truly sets Bang-On Balls Chronicles apart is the immersive and detailed outer environments that offer just as much excitement as the castles you besiege. The game feels alive, with NPCs engaging in activities even in the far-off distance, creating a vibrant and lived-in world.

Gameplay-wise, Bang-On Balls Chronicles proves it’s more than just a casual adventure. It effortlessly blends the familiar mechanics of open-world platformers, incorporating jumping, double-jumping, and dashing with finesse. The inclusion of a shield for deflecting attacks adds another layer of strategy, further enhancing the overall experience.

While I didn’t have the chance to explore the co-op and multiplayer aspects of Bang-On Balls Chronicles, their inclusion is a welcome addition. The game’s open-world nature, coupled with the possibility of coordinated exploration and delightful banter over voice chat, makes it an ideal choice for multiplayer action. One can easily imagine huddling around a TV with friends or family and engaging in the game’s thrilling challenges together.

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It’s worth mentioning that Bang-On Balls Chronicles scores high in terms of its family-friendly nature. Its comical violence—bouncing on enemies and causing destruction—lacks any crass or gory elements, making it suitable for players of all ages.

Though it’s still in Early Access, Bang-On Balls Chronicles has already showcased tremendous potential. The absence of a definitive score at this stage is a testament to the game’s impressive quality and the promise of further refinement in the future.

In conclusion, Bang-On Balls Chronicles Early Access is an absolute must-play for fans of open-world platformers. It surprises and delights with its stunning visuals, extensive customization options, engaging gameplay mechanics, and immersive world. While it’s equally enjoyable played solo, the game truly shines in multiplayer, promising countless hours of shared laughter and excitement. As development progresses, I eagerly anticipate diving deeper into this whimsical and challenging adventure, uncovering more secrets, and basking in the joy of its unique gameplay experiences.

How to play multiplayer in Bang-On Balls?

Look for special USB spots in the game world, and when someone else is playing nearby, you’ll automatically team up. Or, just invite a friend from your Steam friends list to join you.

How many players can play in co-op?

You can play with up to 4 friends online or with 2 friends on the same screen. You can easily join or leave games with your pals and keep all the stuff you’ve gathered.