Review by Genis Irving
Reviewed: 07/04/03 | Updated: 07/04/03
Let's have some (Near) 2D Racing Fun!
What a weird title for a game, eh? Iggy's Wrecking Balls. Do you remember the old game Unicycle for the SNES? How it's a side-scrolling racer? Well, do the following
-Allow the courses to turn 3D while still being as thin as a stone
-Add moving portions, ramps, teleporters, etc.
-Create colorfull characters that are actually rolling balls with grappling hooks instead of Unicycles
And you suddenly have Iggy's Wrecking Balls. Now, if you didn't like Unicycle, don't stop reading here! I didn't like it either, but I still found this game to be great fun.
Yes, this game unfortunatly does require a Memory Card, but it's a small amount (Only a couple pages), so it's still feasable.
Iggy's Wrecking Balls is a 2D-style Racing game, in a 3D world. It combines a fighting racer (Ala Mario Kart) with interesting courses, fun and diverse characters, and a whole lot of fun.
Now, this game isn't a gem, don't hear me wrong, but it's still one of my favorite games for the N64. It's easy to learn, fun to play, but a tad difficult at the same time. There's lots of unlockable secrets for you to get your paws on. And if you're renting and don't have the patience, there's fun, weird cheats for you to use.
Iggy's Wrecking Balls will entertain, I guarantee.
Graphics - 7/10 - Okay, they're rather plain, and nothing incredibly special, but they're not HORRIBLE. In fact, they fit right in with the young, happy theme of the game
Controls - 8/10 - It's easy to learn and I have no beefs with it, although a couple of the moves, like the Spin throw thingy you can do are a bit difficult to pull off
Sound and Music - 8/10 - Again, nothing special, but it fits everything in the game perfectly. It's not too harmonious at times, but it's not a pain in the ear either.
Innovation - 6/10 - Okay, nothing too special, but it's definately unique in its style and general idea. The whole idea of racing balls on a 2D course actually turns out to become quite fun
Difficulty - 8/10 - It's not a real challenge until later, at which point it can become hard. The courses, the first time through, will make you pause and think - Just long enough for your opponents to catch you off guard and pass you or send you spinning away, to be recovered at the same point in (Dangit) last place
Replay Value and Variety - 10/10 - This is where the game shines. It's going to keep you and your friends occupied for a LONG time, and the courses are so diverse that it'll also keep you entertained because of that, making for a lot of fun in the long run
Overall - 8/10 - This game will probably not catch your eye on a store shelf. It probably won't catch you with what it's like on the back of the box. But if you give it a shot, you'll love it.
Rent or Buy - Rent to check it out first, then buy it if you like it.
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