The Copenhagen-based developer Game Swing and indie publisher Curve Digital are excited to welcome gamers on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One back to the fantasy sports world of the ’70s this April with their title Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure. The game is currently scheduled to arrive on PC on April 1, PlayStation 4 on April 5, and Xbox One on April 8, and aims to bring a stylish and perilous reimagining of the classic ball game.
The title will feature a vibrant, ’70s inspired art style and simple twin-stick controls. Stikbold! is a fast-paced approximation of the game, complete with off-court hazards, random events, and even boss battles for you to take on. Up to four players will be able to play at once as you partake in brutal and outlandish rounds of dodgeball, relying on your tactics, teamwork, and, perhaps most importantly, reaction speed to come out on top.
Stikbold! started off as an entry in the Nordic Game Jam three years ago. When it won the award for being the “most fun” out of all the submissions, the team decided to develop the prototype into a full game, giving birth to Stickbold! three years later.
Jacob Herold, CEO and founder of Game Swing, stated, “From game jam to console – it’s been quite the ride, Whether it’s been at PAX or GDC, everyone who’s had the opportunity to play early builds of Stikbold! has enjoyed its accessibility, playability and sense of humor, comparing it to old school multiplayer games like Bomberman. We can’t wait to get it into the hands of console and PC players this April.”
Here’s a quick “About” and the key features, as presented on the official press release:
Stikbold! tells the story of Bjorn and Jerome who set out on a heroic mission in the name of love and glory. When a rival team is kidnapped by a man dressed as the devil, our dodgeball-loving superstars begin a journey that pays homage to the best buddy movies of old. The story mode can be enjoyed in single or co-op mode, and details Bjorn and Jerome’s quest to restore glory to their team, encountering all manner of weird and wonderful characters and scenarios along the way. Spread across five levels, each with multiple dodgeball battles, Stikbold! is a beautifully-paced adventure lasting around three hours, with multiple playthroughs offering plenty of bonus unlockables.
- Single or co-op adventure mode
- Up to four player multiplayer matches
- 18 weird and wonderful characters
- 12 single or multiplayer levels spread across five incredibly varied dodgeball arenas
- Intuitive controls offer deeply tactical gameplay
- Inventive story mode takes around three hours to play through each time, with additional content available to unlock via multiple playthroughs
- Highly customizable multiplayer modes that allow for up to six players on screen (four humans, two bots), providing endless challenge
- Players always involved in the action – even if they’re knocked out of the game
Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure is set to launch for $9.99/€9.99/£7.99 on all platforms and will feature a special 20% discount for the first two weeks.
Are you prepared to enter the Dodgeball arena?