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  • Summary: [WiiWare] Are you also in love with these unforgettable Arcade classics, where the only goal is to vanquish all opponents to reach the next stage? Niki - Rock 'n' Ball is a new interpretation of these games with a completely innovative and unique gaming mechanism. Roll along with Niki through fantastic worlds, find all the ZeLeLi pearls and liberate your village from cuddly as well as evil monsters before it is too late! Timing is everything! Jump in the nick of time to avoid landing amidst barbs and hop about across the stages, thanks to the realistic gaming physics. Snap on the ZeLeLi amulet, transform yourself into Niki Rock and force even the most obstinate monster to its knees! Explore all the stages and win valuable medals dribbling through them alone or along with a friend. Play Niki - Rock 'n' Ball with all the familiar controls in the Retro style or experience the novel controls in the Wii style. [Nintendo] Expand
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 3 out of 5
  1. Bplus has succeeded in creating a very fun little action-platformer with Niki ā€“ Rock ā€˜nā€™ Ball. The simplicity of the game and its fun gameplay structure makes it perfect for a quick play now and again, despite the unforgiving learning curve after the first few worlds.
  2. Niki is undeniably a ball, but this platformer does not rock.
  3. 47
    The price of Niki: Rock and Ball is small, but so is the game's fun factor and challenge. I appreciate the attempt to recreate the feel and simple quick-shot action of classics like Bubble Bobble, but what the team created on the Wii just doesn't stack up to its inspiration.
  4. The game is partially broken, uninspired, and most important of all, boring.
  5. A blatant rip-off that, if anything, isn't derivative enough, stealing only the surface ideas from LocoRoco, but ignoring the invention that lies underneath. [Mar 2009, p.73]
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  1. BillyW
    Jan 28, 2009
    Niki is what WiiWare was created for: small developers to create new, innovative games at an affordable price. Whilst Niki takes some elements from older platform games, it's still a great new experience. With a little practice, you'll soon find yourself rolling, bouncing and thrashing your way through each stage to earn the best times on each level. Sure, it may not be the best game on WiiWare, but is still a very good retro-style game that'll keep you going back for more. Expand