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Globulos Party (DSiWare)

Game Review

Globulos Party Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Desiree Turner

Shoot glob at target. Repeat. Wipe hands on pants.

Since 2000, GlobZ has specialized in browser-based webgames, the most innovative of which being Globulos, an award-winning set of adorable multiplayer minigames pitting you against opponents from across the internets. As DSiWare, Globulos Party has received similar acclaim, featuring not just a one-system multiplayer option, but also DS Download Play and Wireless Play. The focus on the multiplayer aspect has left the solo experience sorely lacking, but if you're in need of something to play with a friend, this could be fun for a while.

Globulos are round, brightly colored creatures who live in gardens and love to play games. As you begin, you'll be greeted by their king, who informs you that he's not as young as he used to be. He's looking for someone to take his place, which is where you come in. However, as the globulos are all about their games, you'll have to win all of the games on each available playing field to prove your worth. Pick two different globulos to represent you on the playing field and you're ready to go.

Though there are 20 different games to play, each feature the same basic mechanics. You'll have a few globulos at your command, and your opponent, whether CPU or human, will have the same number on their side. Tap one of your available globulos and drag in the direction you'd like for it to go, and an arrow will appear. The length of your arrow coincides with how much power will be behind your globulos as it zips across the screen at the end of the turn. The upper screen displays a map of the entire playing field, and while you're aiming, a dotted line will help you figure out just the right angle you'll need to hit far-away objects. You have a limited amount of time for each turn as shown by the Go button at the top of the touchscreen, which gradually fills with red. Tapping the button ends your turn, setting all the globulos on the screen into motion at once. They'll bounce off of walls, obstacles, and each other like little rubber balls, and once they stop moving, you'll do it all over again.

With the tutorial over, you may pick from one of the available games to play, including basketball, soccer, a race, and sumo wrestling. Most have multiple playing fields to choose from featuring different layouts and obstacles. You'll start a game at the lowest AI difficulty, after which the next difficulty will be unlocked. There are three levels per field per game, making for a total of 150 crowns to earn. Each difficulty level features a different opponent globulos; beat the same difficulty level across all the available playing fields for one game, and you'll be able to use that particular globulos to represent you on the field via the Change menu. There are sixty to unlock in all.

Some of the available games feature a ball (or a particular globulos) that must be pushed into a goal or out of a certain area in order to score a point; you'll shoot your globulos into the target to make it move about the playing field. The rest involve maneuvering your globulos around the playing field to get near a target point or avoid some enemy or obstacle. That's it. The only gameplay involved is you aiming and shooting your globulos over and over again. Needless to say, it's mind-numbingly repetitive, and playing against the CPU is wholly unsatisfying no matter which particular minigame you're in. Either the game will be too easy no matter which level you play at or you'll wind up stalemated for ten minutes until one of you finally slips up... and then you'll have to make another couple of goals or defeat the rest of the enemy team before you'll finally win the game at hand. The browser version has no such solo mode, and it's easy to see why - this game is boring to play alone.

That said, Globulos Party has an obvious focus on multiplayer, offering three different ways to connect with friends. Two players may share one system, passing the DSi back and forth to take their turns and then watching all the moves play out. You may play any game on any field together. DS Download Play and Wireless Play both offer the same kind of fun (and it really is a lot more fun when the CPU isn't just making the globs carom off walls at random). It's still repetitive by nature, but everything's more fun with a friend involved, and considering there are 20 available minigames spanning fifty different playing fields, there's bound to be at least one setup you and a buddy will enjoy playing together.

Though they're all just little round colored blobs, these game-loving creatures have distinct features and cutesy names, making them nearly Pokemon-like in nature (and charming to boot). During a game, the on-screen globulos will grin and wave at you regularly to attract your attention while you're busy laying out their next moves. They'll also hoot and giggle at you over a gentle backdrop of urban garden noises - you'll hear bugs, birds, a barking dog, and even a car horn every so often. The menus are easy to navigate, the fonts easy to read, and outside of a game, the music that plays is quirky and fun. A lot or audio and visual love was put into the making of this port and the original browser version, and it has certainly paid off; this is the kind of game you'll keep coming back to because you can't remember what put you off about it just by looking at it.

Conclusion

When you think "party games," you don't normally think of playing multiple games in the exact same manner, and there's a reason why – it gets boring. Dragging arrows out and shooting cute little garden-dwelling blobs around is interesting at first, but when it becomes apparent the CPU doesn't know what it's doing, you'll need a friend around to really take advantage of what Globulos Party is offering. Though it's all the same drag-and-shoot kind of game dressed up with different rules and objectives each time around, surely you and a friend will have some fun playing a few games out of the available twenty, and they've made it easy for you to do so with three different ways to multiplayer it up. If you're the type who needs something random to play with a friend, this will be great for a short diversion (and you can always give the browser version a try to see if it's up your alley), but if you're just in it for the solo experience, avoid this game like the plague.

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User Comments (29)

Oregano

#2

Oregano said:

I enjoy the game but I generally only go on it for a game or two and then leave it for a while, returning later on.

Of course, it is multiplayer focused and you'll get much more enjoyment if you have someone else to play with but even with a solo experience you should have fun. Just don't be expecting hours upon endless hours of gameplay, it's good for just picking up on occasion.

I'd probably give it a 7 or 8 personally but it's all subjective.

-TR

#3

-TR said:

I saw it had Rugby in it and my interest picked up. Unfortunatly, it's like this. Sounds very reptitive and dull. I can't see myself getting this. Ever.

rosebud

#4

rosebud said:

Guess that IGN review everyone complained about wasn't so far off base, huh?

brandonbwii

#5

brandonbwii said:

Wait a minute, how did this win an award at an indie summit if it is hated like it is?

Makrul

#6

Makrul said:

I guess its up to personal opinion, but I rather enjoy this game even in single player. When playing the game its obvious to see the polish and effort gone into making it so I would give it at least a 7. Personally I think they mis-sold this as a minigame collection though as all the games play so similarly, its more of an action/strategy game.

KrazyKain

#7

KrazyKain said:

I played the web version and loved it... needs wifi really,without it... well i'd rather just play the web version against other people

Percentful

#8

Percentful said:

Even though the score was just as low, this was a better review than IGN's. They didn't even mention multiplayer over there.

Namo

#9

Namo said:

I'd say it gets a seven. Thanks, yet again, for robbing many people of a great game, Nintendo Life.

ShinRPGGamer

#13

ShinRPGGamer said:

Nano if you consider 7 to be a "great" game than you must think that a 10 is the greatest game of all time

Namo

#14

Namo said:

Usually, yes, a 10 out of 10 means a very great game. After all, 10 of 10 is, last time I checked, 100 percent!

So quick to criticize here, I swear to god.

CorbsAdmin

#15

Corbs said:

Nobody is "robbing" anyone of a great game. It's one opinion. As I've said before, check many reviews before you decide to buy or not buy a game. Let's not get overdramatic here. :)

grumblegrumble

#16

grumblegrumble said:

Yes, please check other reviews, because NintendoLife (and other sites, I'm sure) seems biased in its reviews sometimes. Check out IGN, Gamestop, Amazon, etc... before buying anything and after reading about it here.

Namo

#17

Namo said:

I bought this before the review anyway, but Nintendo life doesn't seem to realize that many people here are review-sheep; meaning that they only buy a game if it gets a good review.

Although I've only seen a few cases where a game got an unjust score based on something irrelevant (Corbie, I firmly suggest that you ask Panda to rewrite his Rayman DSiWare review), the cases where they have appeared have been on games that are genuinely good.

I recommend saying things like "This game is not for everyone" or more "If you like X you'll like this" just to make sure people don't see the score and avoid it altogether.

Or better yet, Nintendo should offer demos.

Subtle

#18

Subtle said:

Count me in the review sheep =o
Yes this review seems a bit harsh.The only bad thing i find is.
-No music in levels
-Repetitive
-No wi-fi (I wouldn't buy for 800 though)
I really think this is a 7, 8 at best.

Sylverstone

#19

Sylverstone said:

Review's fine for me.

I hope if GlobZ decides to do a sequel, they could address some of the issues you guys have with it.

Like I said, a review's a review (unless one's real far off from another, i.e Mixed Messages Review - (IGN [8.0] vs. N-Life[1/10]).

CorbsAdmin

#20

Corbs said:

Every site and every reviewer is biased in some shape or form as each have their own varying tastes. And don't get me started on Mixed Messages again. :D (And it scored a 2/10 on here BTW)

Bobpie

#21

Bobpie said:

Why buy this when you can play the same games online? Sure, this may be _slightly_different, but doesn't warrant a purchase.

Oregano

#22

Oregano said:

@Bobpie: it's portable and has local multiplayer! Plus Globz took the time and spent the money to basically remake the game from scratch for the DSiware.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#23

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

Can't compare to the awesome Bomberman Land Touch 2 and Mario Party DS then as a mini game collections for the DS? (that's once you've unlocked them through playing the adventure/main game mode).

@Namo from the description of the game only, even if not scored or opinionated, it doesn't sound all that...but fair enough to your "review rebellion" opinion (opposing your "review sheep" comment).

Philip_J_ReedStaff

#24

Philip_J_Reed said:

"Nintendo life doesn't seem to realize that many people here are review-sheep; meaning that they only buy a game if it gets a good review."

I'm sure Nintendo Life does realize that. But what, then, is Nintendo Life obligated to do? Skew every game high, giving scores that are greater than what the reviewer actually feels they deserve, so that they don't accidentally leave anyone behind? Wouldn't that render a review meaningless?

And yes, NL is biased. As Corbie said (correctly) every reviewer is biased. That's what bias is; a conclusion based on personal opinion. That's also what reviews are. Reviews are not objective; reviews are opinionated reflections that reach a personal, individual conclusion. If somebody reads or watches one review and bases their own opinion around that, it's the reader who needs to reconsider how the process works...not the reviewer.

ExploderReviews

#26

ExploderReviews said:

This game deserves a higher review. Thats for sure, but then agin why buy this when you can play the web-based one for free.

xxx_Kirby_xxx

#28

xxx_Kirby_xxx said:

Aww... that's a disappointment. it looked cute so I was tempted to get it, now you make it seem meh so I'm not gonna get it....

xxx_Kirby_xxx

#29

xxx_Kirby_xxx said:

Well, my sister got it, and it's actually a pretty cute game. Fun to play if you have nothing to do! Plus unlocking the little Globulos things is fun. And they're so cute! I'm a sucker for cute things. I really am. So I like this game. I'd give it at least a 6, maybe. Yeah, simple concept, not that addictive, but it's overall a pretty fun time. :D

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