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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] The members of the ancient Ptolmec tribe compose striking and innovative music in TotemBall. When they simultaneously discover gunpowder and barbeque, the explosive results scatter their musical totems across the breadth of the jungle. Now Pterry the Pturtle must roll[Xbox Live Arcade] The members of the ancient Ptolmec tribe compose striking and innovative music in TotemBall. When they simultaneously discover gunpowder and barbeque, the explosive results scatter their musical totems across the breadth of the jungle. Now Pterry the Pturtle must roll across mountains, islands, bridges, and through giant pinball games to retrieve the lost totems and bring the groovy Ptolmec music back to the party. Using your Xbox Live Vision camera, help Pterry recover all the musical totems while moving to the totem beat. Join in with a friend to juggle your totem collection using the camera and a controller. Use Free Play mode to practice and explore environments without affecting your progress. Sway to the sounds of the music generated in-game by you! [Microsoft] Collapse
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 8
  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. If you already have the camera, you might as well download TotemBall. But don't expect to get much enjoyment out of it.
  2. Sadly, the game's not much fun - you get bored easily and there's not much variety to be had waving your arms up and down. [Dec 2006, p.99]
  3. There's a good game in there somewhere but it's hidden behind the arm waving loopiness that takes up the majority of the game.
  4. 40
    This game is definitely not a good demonstration of what the camera is capable of, and for people who didn't graduate from EyeToy University, this game could be enough to put them off of motion-based gaming indefinately.
  5. 35
    TotemBall also isn't nearly as intuitive as the PlayStation 2's EyeToy, which tracks and translates movement far more accurately and quickly. Nor is the input smartly implemented.
  6. If you're not gnashing your teeth trying to make Totem Ball work, then you're gritting them in pain because your arms are killing you. [Holiday 2006, p.80]
  7. 20
    This game makes you look stupid without rewarding you in any way, and really isn’t worth the hassle.

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  3. Negative: 2 out of 2
  1. Andyman
    Oct 12, 2006
    4
    I can see kids having a ball with this game, but for adults it's just plain silly.
  2. Nov 20, 2011
    0
    Like most people I downloaded this game when I saw it was free. Now some people would say you get what you pay for, but this is bad even forLike most people I downloaded this game when I saw it was free. Now some people would say you get what you pay for, but this is bad even for free. I can overlook the repetitive gameplay and poor graphics because it is after all free, but when it comes right down to it, this game should NEVER be played. The controls are completely broken and thus near impossible to play. Not to mention after about 10 minutes your arms will be far too tired to effectively play. The only good thing I can say about this game is that even when you run out of lives (which will happen a lot because of the horrible control) you can continue without even having to restart the level. If you fall victim to this horrible excuse for a game i suggest you download this program so you can use a laptops arrow keys to control the game. http://www.codehead.co.uk/jazzhands.html Again at all costs avoid this game. Expand