idarb
Metacritic: 77/100
Release: Jan 2015
Reviewed on: XOne

#IDARB

Site Score
7.0
Good: Learning curve gives great satisfaction when you master it – Unique brawling meets sport title
Bad: Limitations in matchmaking
User Score
7.8
(4 votes)
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#IDARB is a strange mixture of fast paced brawl action and various sports that sees teams of between 1 and 4 players compete against each other on Xbox One and Windows 10.

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Customisation is one of the foundations of #IDARB (It Draws a Red Box) with players able to customise their pixel characters, team logos and even the theme music that will play for your character. Second to this customisation is insane speed and combos that sees up to 8 players jumping around the multi levelled game arena.

Given the speed of the game and the various mechanics that lie hidden beneath the surface you’ll have learning curve after learning curve to master. All of this feels worth it though when a plan does come off just right, even more so when you’re playing together with friends locally.

Your objective in #IDARB is to guide the game ball into your teams goal by shooting, bouncing and stealing the ball straight out of your opponent’s hands. More points are awarded based on things such as ricochet and alley-oops but can be more risky and sometimes not worth the risk when you’ve got an open shot at goal.

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The playing field for each game stays the same and while this might sound excessively repetitive games are the result it’s actually more akin to the MOBA genre where mastering the map is just another component to learn and doesn’t detract from the game.

The only real issue in #IDARB is that the great games are few and far between due to the limitations with game queuing that feel almost punishing if you don’t search for a game with a friend.

Summary:

  • Play on Xbox One and Windows 10.
  • High paced speed of gameplay that combines brawling and sports.
  • Massive learning curve means great satisfaction.
  • Customise your pixel character and even your theme music.
  • Play with 2 to 8 players.

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#IDARB, 7.8 out of 10 based on 4 ratings

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