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Alpaca Ball: Allstars and other wild sports games

The wait is over. The alpacas of Salt Castle Studio and Badland Publishing are already on the field and the ball is about to roll. From today, Nintendo Switch and Steam users will be able to enjoy Alpaca Ball: Allstars, the most original soccer arcade of all time. Who wants to score goals with a car when you can do it with an ALPACA?

Select an alpaca, customize its fur and accessories and jump onto the field to play soccer like you’ve never done before. Use the strength and elasticity of your alpaca’s neck to score incredible goals in frantic matches where the only rule is to win. Use the limits of the field to make tricks, ram your opponents and use all kinds of special powers to turn the score around: from dwarfing other players to doubling the length of your neck.

You can turn the neck of your alpaca in one direction or another, depending on the button or key you press, throwing real missiles towards the rival goal, but be careful where your alpaca is looking at that moment … because you could get an own goal. The realistic physics of the ball will do the rest. Although this will also vary depending on the ball you play with in each game. In Alpaca Ball: Allstars you also have to learn how to score goals with beach balls, rugby balls and even dice!

Alpaca Ball Allstars will allow you to play with a friend in an epic cooperative campaign that will take you to visit different fields in South America and Europe and, of course, you will also be able to organize matches against other human players (or against the CPU): up to eight alpacas in teams of 4 Vs 4 will be able to compete, locally in Nintendo Switch and locally and online in Steam, through “Steam Remote Play”.

Alpaca Ball: Allstars is now available, in digital format, for Nintendo Switch and Steam. Salt Castle Studio and Badland Publishing are proud to add one more classic to a long tradition of delirious sports arcades that goes back practically to the dawn of video game history. Because if there’s one thing we love more than competing with friends, it’s doing it without rules and in the craziest way possible. That’s why we wanted to recover some classics that were inspired by well-known sports to create unique works. How many have you played?

Battle Soccer: Field no Hasha

We could have chosen any other soccer title starring mascots (even Mega Man scored goals in another SNES classic), but few came close to the delirium as much as Battle Soccer: Field no Hasha, a Banpresto release for the Super Famicom (the Japanese SNES). This soccer arcade was starred by the “cute” versions of icons of the magnitude of Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Ultraman, Gundam or Kamen Rider. A real feast for fans of anime and Kaigu Eiga cinema, which unfortunately was never distributed outside Japan.

Pigskin 621 A.D.

I’m sure the aesthetics of this brutal Bally Midway arcade remind you of the mythical Rampage and Arch Rivals. No wonder, because the team that created it was led by Jeff Nauman and Brian Colin, the designers of those arcade classics. In fact, Pigskin 621 A.D. could be described as a mix between Arch Rivals, medieval and american foootball. The goal of the game was to literally survive on a field riddled with traps while trying to reach the rival’s score zone. And all this, of course, without rules or a referee. Fist to fist. The game would eventually be adapted to Mega Drive in 1992, with the title of Jerry Glanville’s Pigskin Footbrawl.

Ninja Golf

A classic in any list of wacky games, in 1990 Ninja Golf merged two concepts as opposed as the favorite sport of the retired yankees and the masked and stealthy Japanese assassins. The cover of this little Atari 7800 jewel promised what it gave: to embody a ninja determined to complete every hole, facing monsters, angry animals and other masked ones along the course. As a golf game it made no sense, as an arcade action it was mediocre, but the fusion of both elements made Ninja Golf a legend.

World Games

After succeeding in many systems with Summer Games and Winter Games, in 1986 Epyx wanted to go further in its quest to recreate sporting events and gathered the most exotic competitions around the planet in a title that would eventually reach all platforms of the time, from 8 and 16-bit computers to NES and Master System. It couldn’t be more varied: Weightlifting (Russia), Slalom Skiing (France), Log rolling (Canada), Cliff diving (Mexico), Caber toss (Scotland), Bull riding (USA), Barrel jumping (Germany) and Sumo Wrestling (Japan).