Odama GameCube
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  • Summary: Mix all the intensity of classic pinball with the sights, sounds, and savagery of war and what do you get? Odama -- the first pinball game that throws you into the midst of mighty clashes between armies on boards laid out like chaotic battlefields. Use the flippers to send Odama -- the giant pinball -- to destroy the enemy's barracks and turrets. Hit enemy soldiers with the ball to make them join your ranks, dam rivers, liberate extra flippers, and clear the way to the enemy's gate. Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 42
  2. Negative: 6 out of 42
  1. And despite being extraordinarily challenging in that way that makes die-hard games totally addicted but can drive off casual players, it is a game that every Nintendo fan must play. [May 2006, p.92]
  2. My biggest nit with Odama is that it is very difficult to win. But you can keep trying. And victory will sometime be yours. The other guys don't even have a giant ball on their side.
  3. 69
    Initial frustration is a must for this game, as it is very complex for a pinball title. Reading the manual is a must, so all of you hardcore gamers (myself included) who tend to skip the manual, you better back up and read it. It helps a lot.
  4. 60
    Odama is simply beyond strange. It's rock hard, annoying and yet intriguing all at the same time. It's also a pinball game, a strategy game and more over, a game that you'll either love or despise; or even a little of both.
  5. Strategy and pinball? Right. It's better than it sounds, but not that much better. The world is probably a more interesting place with this game in it, but that doesn't necessarily mean your life will improve if you play it.
  6. 60
    Combining pinball, real-time strategy elements, and voice-recognition commands into a ball (pun unintended), Odama straddles the line between 'whack' and 'wacky.'
  7. We can only come to one conclusion here: Odama really isn't any fun to play. At all. [May 2006, p.122]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. TonyG.
    Jan 25, 2006
    can't wait. this folks is going to be an instant classic. trust me. it is fresh in ideas and gameplay. and will be nothing but somthing you have played before. after your 1st game you will not stop playing ... even years later you will find yourself picking it up over most of your most current games. Expand
  2. K.C.
    Jan 31, 2008
    This game is so good, a real challange for even hardcore players. I think that the people who have rated it low just didn't try. They gave up because it was to hard, how sad for them. The final secret level is well worth the wait! Expand
  3. RyanM.
    Apr 11, 2006
    This game is fantastic and offers terrific replay value. No, it isn't Grand Theft Auto: Gary, Indiana. This is a Nintendo game and will stand the test of time. Expand
  4. TedH.
    May 28, 2006
    Anyone (magazines/websites included) that rates this game less than 80% doesn't understand this game. Which explains the disparity between user reviews, and so-called professional reviews. What we have here is one of the most original, intense, and wonderfully unique gaming experiences you'll ever see. It is magical, one of the require games of any GameCube library. Collapse
  5. EdG.
    Sep 9, 2006
    Under rated, missunderstood classic.
  6. DanT.
    Apr 21, 2006
    Yes this game is hard,strange,odd, frustrating,complex and at times brutaly random. But it still is the most fun I have had with the cube since it came out. Expand
  7. StephenL.
    Jun 24, 2006
    I'd say this would be the best game ever if it wasnt pinball.

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