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Posted: 2 weeks ago, last updated 8 days ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Paddles is an action party game where you move your paddle to deflect balls, like Pong or Arkanoid but here you play against three other people. It's a battle to score points and keep your balls in play as you take on different levels, modes, and types of balls. It's a familiar concept that's quick to grasp but difficult to master as other players direct the curving balls in your direction.

In each level, you aim to defend yourself from incoming balls and survive longer than the other players. You do this by moving your paddle, a small horizontal bat, to deflecting the balls. What makes it tricky and tactical are the many different types of balls in play, often simultaneously. Some curve in strange paths and others that move far quicker (or slower). By moving your paddle to the perfect position, you can skillfully angle the outgoing balls to make them move towards the other players, making it more difficult for them.

You all play on the same shared screen but the different level layouts change the way you play by adding obstacles and angled walls the balls deflect off. The two modes, versus and party, offer different objectives, with versus acting more like traditional Pong, with two players, and party mode providing the hectic four-player experience.

The result is a game that is simple enough to control for anyone in the family to participate, but with enough nuance in angling the balls to reward skill and strategy. It's a fun game to play with family or friends in short rounds, providing a lighthearted competitive experience.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/09/2022

Price: 30% off

Platforms: Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Action

Developer: Six Kings EN (@SixKings_EN)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 2 minutes and 3 minutes to play a round of this game.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You play against other people locally, trying to survive the longest as you compete in different modes and stages.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

4+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. With simple mechanics, it's fast-paced fun that the whole family can enjoy.

CostsCosts

Paddles usually costs £4.49. 

Paddles

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

AccessibilityAccessibility


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Paddles Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@SixKings_EN) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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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