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Dodgeball Academia Review
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Posted: 5 months ago, last updated 12 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Dodgeball Academia is a sports game that focuses as much on story as sporting action. You play Otto, who hopes to become the ultimate dodgeball player. To do this you need to build a diverse team and learn new skills.

Play involves exploring the campus, making friends and discovering rivals. Along the way, you take on dodgeball battles. These are three-on-three real-time challenges with a variety of different twists to the rules. Quests and mini-games extend the play to create that classic role-play experience all with a dodgeball theme. As you progress you level up Otto and his friends. You need to make choices about each character to ensure you develop a balanced team through the customisable party progression system.

The combination of sport and role-play isn't new (the likes of Golf Story or Mario Tennis games have done this before) but the campus setting and light-hearted visuals keep things fresh. The result is a game that invites exploration as you discover the secrets of the Dodgeball Academy across its vast, diverse, and full of life campus. Saved by the Bell meets Pokemon.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 05/08/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Role-Playing and Sports

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Pocket Trap (@PocketTrap)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 12 hours and 13 hours to complete.
 
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Duke it out with a friend locally in a competitive local versus mode

CostsCosts

Dodgeball Academia usually costs £19.99 to £20.99.
 

Dodgeball Academia

 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence, Implied Violence.

In the US, ESRB state: ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for fantasy violence

AccessibilityAccessibility

The dodgeball battles are in real-time and quite high pressure. You often have to hammer the button to grab the ball. You also have to time button presses accurately to catch the ball. But you can change the difficulty by specifying how much damage you take or deal. This ranges from 0-100% so can be used to create a god mode.

The game has a language learner mode where you can quickly switch between different translations. This is ideal for people who want to learn English, Japanese, French, Spanish or a whole range of languages.

There are visual indicators of who you are targeting in battles, and both audio and visuals to indicate when you hit or are hit. Characters you can interact with have an indicator over their head. The game has a small map on the screen all the time that indicates people around you. You can pull up a bigger (zoom-able) map that also highlighted quests and where to go next.
 
Our Dodgeball Academia Accessibility Report documents 29 accessibility features:

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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