Stikbold (Video)

‘Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure’ tells the story of Bjorn and Jerome who set out on a heroic mission in the name of love and glory.

When a rival team is kidnapped by a man dressed as the devil, our dodgeball-loving superstars begin a journey which pays homage to the best buddy movies of old.

Using simple twin-stick controls, Stikbold! is a fast-paced approximation of the game of dodgeball, complete with off-court hazards, random events and boss battles. The game originally began as an entry into the Nordic Game jam three years ago – winning the award for being the “most fun” out of all submissions. Recognising they had the seed of a something special, the team decided to develop the prototype into a full game – and three years later, Stikbold! is the result.

The story mode can be enjoyed in single or co-op mode, and details Bjorn and Jerome’s quest to restore glory to their team – encountering all manner of weird and wonderful characters and scenarios along the way. Spread across five levels, each with multiple dodgeball battles, it’s a beautifully-paced adventure lasting around three hours, with multiple playthroughs offering plenty of bonus unlockables.

It is as a local multiplayer game that Stikbold! truly shines. Up to four players can pick up a joypad and partake in brutal yet outlandish rounds of dodgeball, where fast reactions, tactics and teamwork combine to create a sports game unlike any other. Highly customisable yet always enjoyable, it’s set to become the couch multiplayer game of choice.

•Single or co-op adventure mode
•Up to four player multiplayer matches
•18 weird and wonderful characters
•12 single or multiplayer levels spread across five incredibly varied dodgeball arenas
•Intuitive controls offer deeply tactical gameplay
•Inventive story mode takes around three hours to play through each time – though multiple replays will unlock additional content
•Highly customisable multiplayer modes – which can feature up to six players on screen (four humans, two bots) provides endless challenge
•Players always involved in the action – even if they’re knocked out of the game they can still influence its outcome