For those of you that have played Super Dodge Ball, you know that it is a
strange enough game on its own without any hacks being attached to it.
While it looks on the surface to be a normal game of dodge ball, you will
find that the players can do super moves with the ball that will make it
hit members of the opposite team with such force that they will be thrown
clear off the ring. Even better than that, each hit took points away from
a power meter that each player had, and when that meter emptied out, the
team members actually DIE, leaving the field in the form of a small
angel floating up toward the sky. Sure, some might say that that type of
killing was sufficient, but one rom hacker has decided that that is not
the case. Thus, Death Dodge Ball was born.
bring on the killiní!!! Oh, wait, first we have this guy, sitting on the
first L in the word ďBallĒ with his middle finger raised in a triumphant
sign of protest. What is he protesting, you ask? Heís protesting the need
for quality in a game, the need for a rom hacker to put more than an hour
of work into a hack before declaring it finished, and above all, the need
for said author to leave their name in the hack to show whom created/was
responsible for it. What a noble figure! Too bad heís only a head and a
finger away from being the original guy sitting there.
Past that glorious introduction, you are greeted with the ever-present
question, ďWhat has been changed to make this game so much more concerned
with death?Ē Well, just look at this:
Thatís right, the normally penny-wearing characters are now totally
ripped. Looks like all those years of smacking the crap out of each other
with a dodge ball has finally paid off. Of course, muscles alone donít
account much for all the death and carnage that the title promises. Thatís
why when playing a game of Death Dodge Ball, you need one of these babies:
pointy. At least I assume itís pointy, I canít really tell, what with the
horrible drawing that it is. Regardless, people still get whacked with the
thing, and they still die. Youíd think that maybe, just maybe, the author
would throw in some blood, or something to remind you that this is Death
Dodge Ball and that it is completely different from Super Dodge Ball, yet
here we are with a poorly rendered ball on our screens and a look of
disappointment on our faces. Hey, you know what else is associated with
right; ghosts. Spooky, huh? Thatís right, no longer are you the
team from the good olí US of A. Now, youíre the guys from the United
States ofÖ Ghosts. Population: one talentless hack, six crappy muscular
guys, and now, your sorry ass. Sadly, no other countries have been
converted into their monstrous counterparts, but England has undergone an
spells death for your corneas, anyway. If you look carefully, through the
garbled mess that this scene is, you can see that the ripped muscular
figures are present. Sadly (or fortunately, depending on how you look at
the situation), the images only work on one level in the entire bid for
the championship, that being Iceland. Maybe the author just really liked
Iceland. I mean, how can you say no to all those giant penguins?
Seriously, how can you say no to them, they scare the hell out of me with
their evil grins and unnatural hugeness.
The thing is that aside from Iceland, the changes do not affect the single
player game. What they do affect, however, is the Bean Ball mode. For
those of you unfamiliar with the game, Bean Ball is the mode where the six
guys have a no boundaries free-for-all match to see who will come out
alive in this brutal blood sport. The players and the ball arenít the only
thing that has changed in Bean Ball mode, oh no.
has left the school that appeared in the background in ruins. Although,
when you think about it, most of the public schools in America are as
dilapidated as that one is, so the whole thing makes sense. Anyway, in
front of that school, the six ripped teenagers hurl a spiked ball at each
other, and the winner gets to do the victory wave after putting his shirt
What a complete waste this rom has turned out to be. Going into it, I
thought that it would bring more violence and questionable behavior, but
all I got for my interest was a crappy spiked ball and a psychedelic
version of England. Let this be a lesson to you, kids: Having the word ďdeathĒ
in the title does not make a good rom hack.
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