Madballs in Babo: Invasion Xbox 360


Mixed or average reviews - based on 41 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
  1. When it’s all said and done, MIBI is a blast to play. The single player mode is robust, and the competitive multiplayer portion of the title will keep players coming back for more.
  2. 83
    Madballs is a fun game which is very accessible for every gamer. It looks good and plays really smoothly, it's absolutely worth every penny it costs!
  3. Madballs in Babo: Invasion is everything you want in an arcade shooter. The fast paced gameplay mixed with the abundance of online modes make this easily recommendable for any fans of hardcore shooting action. It’s just unfortunate that the Madballs license doesn’t play a bigger part.
  4. Madballs in Babo's weapons offer a lot of variety and are the main source of fun in the game.
  5. Madballs in: BABO Invasion is a good game with small problems. The arcade title follows the slogan simple but clever. If you want to have a little fun and action with your friends, this game should do it.
  6. At its very least, a very entertaining game with a tenuously attached license that few people probably care about. But at its best, it's an old-school type of shooter that rewards players hungry for beating their own high scores and those willing to try some very innovative multiplayer design.
  7. Madballs in Babo: Invasion is a very unique game with some rather addictive, in not a little odd multiplayer gaming. It's welll worth the asking price.
  8. 80
    Madballs offers a complete package for $10 but because of a lacking online community you will be playing most of the game in single player mode. Overall, Madballs is worth a purchase if you are looking for a fast paced shooter.
  9. 80
    Madballs in Babo: Invasion is chock full of fast-paced action that is certain to delight twitch gamers alike. If you enjoy online shooters and have a thirst for something a little different and inexpensive, this could easily satisfy your appetite.
  10. Surprisingly slick with excellent online play.
  11. It’s fast, colourful and most of all fun, and at the bargain price of 800 MS points (£6.40 in real money) you can’t really go wrong. A must buy for fans of fast paced arcade shooters.
  12. It’s certainly not perfect, but the impressive visuals, straightforward yet complex gameplay and range of different game types ensure there’s something for everyone to get their teeth into.
  13. If you like third-person arcade shooters, and you have found yourself getting board with the relative dearth of gameplay opportunities this summer, take a look at Madballs in… Babo: Invasion - you'll be glad you did.
  14. You’ll find all the standard deathmatch and team options available alongside a few unique modes.
  15. It's a meaty package, providing a lengthy singleplayer portion and a multiplayer that, if tweaked a bit, should provide a wealth of replayability.
  16. In conclusion, Madballs in Babo is an interesting game that throws a new spin on classic third person shooters and this game would not look out of place on a Nintendo Wii, however thankfully it’s on the XBox. An interesting game that unfortunately becomes a tad too repetitive, however it’s definitely worth the entry price.
  17. 75
    This simple arena shooter is surprisingly fun. It includes robust single- and multiplayer modes with lots to unlock, and just rolling around blasting stuff is entertaining.
  18. The game has a decent online and offline mode, enough action to keep everything interesting, and has enough characters and weapons to make it worth the purchase.
  19. If you want a simple but yet responsive shooter with some cracking controls, then Madballs is the one to download. I still felt slightly under-whelmed overall however by the experience.
  20. 75
    Madballs may not be the flashiest, most original game on Xbox Live, but it's certainly the ballsiest. Seriously though, the single player game is a decent playthrough that gets better with a couple more players.
  21. Fast-paced multiplayer with a dash of strategic depth gets Madballs rolling, but stuttering visuals and lag issues may bring your fun to a screeching halt.
  22. As a single player experience Madballs isn’t a terribly exciting offering, serving a pretty much run of the mill gaming experience we’ve all seen before. However, it’s multiplayer component more then makes up for its shortcomings providing one of the most fun and frantic playing experiences I’ve encountered lately.
  23. Edge Magazine
    A simple, finely tuned and comprehensive shooter that only rarely wobbles. [Sept 2009, p.100]
  24. The game is simply a blast to play and it’s one of those games where you can drop hours into and not even realize it.
  25. X-ONE Magazine UK
    In short, it's competent. [Issue#49, p.103]
  26. Madballs is very enjoyable, but also very simple. While the singleplayer delivers with funny characters and great variety in weapons, the multiplayer is a letdown thanks to the fact that not enough people are online playing the game. It’s a shame, because it could have made the lasting appeal of the game that much longer.
  27. Madballs in Babo: Invasion is a fun shooter that won’t last too long. And after finishing the main mode, there is no reason to get back to it apart from the Online mode, that won’t also last forever.
  28. If you and three of your Live friends are looking for a game to pickup that allows you to blow a lot of stuff up with fun weapons you can’t go wrong with this purchase.
  29. Arcade shooter fans may enjoy taking this one for a roll and a spin.
  30. Madballs in Babo is as the name implies a quirky arcade shooting game. It doesn't bring anything really new to the table, and what's offered is in no way innovative or especially impressive. But if you're in the market for an oddball shooter, this title will entertain, if only for a little while.
  31. A relatively decent shooter that is better than it has the right to be, but certainly won't be considered a classic of the XBLA platform. If you absolutely love shooters and want to play every last one, then this will be worth a purchase.
  32. Altogether, Madballs in Babo: Invasion is a pretty decent shooter for XBLA, but it's something that I could only see myself playing as a temporary distraction from the heavy hitters available on the system.
  33. Official Xbox Magazine
    It basically boils down to Marble Madness with guns. [Oct 2009, p.80]
  34. There's just not enough depth and nuance here to sustain prolonged play.
  35. Unless you're a die-hard shooter fan, it's really hard to recommend picking up Madballs in Babo: Invasion. While the game controls like a dream, it just isn't much fun to play.
  36. AceGamez
    Invasion manages to veer wildly over the okay line; occasionally brilliant, oft times frustrating and more often than not simply dull, there's a decent game somewhere beneath the surface, but it's lost amidst bad decisions, repetitive gameplay and a drivelling mythos that very few people will care about.
  37. Madballs in... Babo: Invasion isn't going to blow anyone away. The name is fairly ridiculous and the whole Madballs fad is long-gone, but there beats an enjoyable shooter underneath the bland, uninspired exterior.
  38. A standard action/platform. An old fashioned formula, with the twist of Multiplayer (partially ruined by lag).
  39. The campaign is mediocre at best and the game is pretty ugly, but the online game modes are fun and bring plenty of entertainment. For what you get, even with the standard price of 800 MS points, it may hurt your wallet just a little too much though.
  40. Madballs in: Baboo Invasion's main problem is that it feels generic, even though the characters are so different than you would expect in a shooter.
  41. The basic idea is quite good, but the way it's implemented in the game is highly doubtful.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. May 17, 2012
    I remember the Madballs, the funny toys, in some moments some weird, but now appear a videogame and is a bigger sorprise, is funny, theI remember the Madballs, the funny toys, in some moments some weird, but now appear a videogame and is a bigger sorprise, is funny, the avatars have a big importance in the game. Great job. Full Review »
  2. Sammywalls
    Oct 10, 2009
    This game is ignored because its made by an indi dev and not ea, also the name. This game, As far as xbox live arcade games go, is a masterThis game is ignored because its made by an indi dev and not ea, also the name. This game, As far as xbox live arcade games go, is a master piece in its own right.
    This game can get REAL competitive. Over 20 maps, 4 player coop campaign. Multiplayer death matches, team, ctf, invasion mode, and an avater mode. Great graphics (for an arcade title/800 point game) that will shine.

    I'm not saying this is halo or cod but put things in perspective, this is a ten dollar/800 point game in the marketplace that is pretty damn deep as far as multiplayer/features are concerned and gives more than your moneys worth.
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  3. JacobA
    Aug 18, 2009
    For an Xbox Live Arcade game, this game is worthy of your 800 ms points. I had never heard of the "Babo" games, but i instantly fell in love For an Xbox Live Arcade game, this game is worthy of your 800 ms points. I had never heard of the "Babo" games, but i instantly fell in love with the demo, and bought the game 10 minutes later. The game is oustanding, probably one of the best arcade games i've ever bought, period. The campaign was decent, but the real fun is in the multiplayer. Although I wish there were more of a online community for this game. The graphics are outstanding, the gameplay is smooth, everything in this game comes together perfectly, like a puzzle. can't give this game a perfect 10, only because of the lag issues the game has, anyone that plays it knows what i'm talking about. Full Review »