There is no shortage of sports games out there for serious simulation fans, but the magic of video games mean that even deeply weird ideas can make their way to our consoles. One of the latest that came over the transom here at the Ball Report is Alpaca Ball: Allstars, which takes the sport of soccer, deeply popular in South America, and lets it be played by the long-necked camelids.
Alpacas are raised all through South America for their wool, and they are entertaining and deeply weird animals. Their bodily proportions always seem out of whack, and their cartoony depictions on the soccer pitch coupled with wild physics makes this a fun one. Tapping into similar exaggerated sporting experience like NBA Jam, Alpaca Ball: Allstars lets up to eight players take the field to score goals and block shots. Here’s a video:
Instead of using your stubby little alpaca legs to kick the soccer ball, the rules have changed here. Although it’s legal to use your neck in human soccer, it’s not very effective. But the long, muscular necks of the alpaca are a totally different story. In this game, you head-butt the ball to get it where it needs to go. Special power-ups let you lengthen your neck for even more shooting power or give you the ablity to bulldoze your opponents for a few seconds. It looks like a blast.
Alpaca Ball: Allstars releases on Nintendo Switch and PC (Steam) on October 15, 2020
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