Disco Dodgeball is a physics-based multiplayer sports FPS set in a futuristic dance club. Launch unicycle robots off neon-lit skate park ramps and nail each other with explosive dodgeballs.
User reviews: Very Positive (427 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 28, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Disco Dodgeball has been under development for a year and a half with constant updates and communication with fans. A lot of player suggestions have wound up in the game and I rely very much on player feedback to guide implementation of specific features. It is already in a fun and playable state, and at this point is now very close to an official release version with most of the major features in place.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“I am planning to launch in late January 2015.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Before I release Disco Dodgeball, I will be working on the following elements:
  • Additional singleplayer content
  • Trading Cards
  • Finalize art assets (powerup icons, etc.)
  • More bot customization options
  • Server setting voting
  • Dedicated server support

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Disco Dodgeball is about 95% complete. It has most of the major features intact including online multiplayer, Bot AI, character customization, powerups, many different levels and game modes, singleplayer challenges, achievements, leaderboards, chat, stats, and a variety of server options.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The official release will be priced between $10 and $15.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“I have constantly communicated with players during the game's development, and will continue to do so. I respond to all feedback on the community page, and also run a subreddit at http://www.reddit.com/r/discododgeball/ where I post news and respond to suggestions.”
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December 14

Update .373 released

Was going to save some of this stuff for the next major update, but realized there were some important issues that needed a faster fix.

  • Boosting now pushes you in the direction you are looking (so you can reach the ground faster if you want)
  • More global stats visible
  • Can now free-look-strafe if you move in a direction and then release movement keys
  • Improved jetpack handling - also now fires only when mid-air (allowing for normal jump behavior). Greater force applied if moving downward and fuel lasts longer.
  • Further optimized performance of volumetric lights
  • Fixed mouse cursor not appearing on tutorial over menu
  • Fixed some bot match settings available in demo mode if changing from within a match
  • If in livestream mode, it now shows round results along with round control button at end of match
  • If restarting match in livestream mode, now shows correct menu instead of screen showing no UI
  • Fixed some KO stats having no label
  • Analytics added
  • Fixed some misplaced ramp textures in Core and Vortex
  • Can now hit tab when team panel is visible to toggle scoreboard
  • Stopped weird spawn barrier boosts when in tutorial

Still working on that big Arcade update. Got some very cool new stuff in it, can't wait to get it finished up.

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December 9

Version .372 now available - bot AI tweaks, bug fixes, optimizations

Hi, I just released update .372!

The big change is the bot difficulty - I think Easy and Medium bots now feel much more appropriate. I also tweaked catching and made some changes to prevent 'dead' rooms if livestream host was AFK. I started working on some optimizations and fixed a few annoying bugs that had cropped up.

Here's the full list of goodies:

  • Made Easy & Medium bot difficulty much more reasonable by adding throwing error
  • Increased cooldown on catch clicking
  • Added better gradient on equalizers
  • Added red circle on HUD if you try and catch without a ball target
  • Fixed getting stuck in chat input if you changed window focus away from DD while the chat input was active
  • Fixed Campaign mode being accessible from some in-game menus (not ready just yet!)
  • Made in-arena 3D text popups more concise
  • Optimized performance on gibs & music analysis
  • On join room, shows welcome message about how to chat
  • Fugitive mode bots slowly increase in difficulty
  • Fixed Horde & Air Raid bots being too difficult too early
  • When you become the host, you get a notification that you can change match settings
  • Demo players can now access all match settings if they become multiplayer host (still restricts in Bot Match mode)
  • Added 15 second timeout if livestream host is AFK and match is waiting on them to start round
  • If demo player becomes host, match settings automatically switch to random

Most of the work I've been doing is on a new singleplayer game mode called Arcade (previously referred to as gladiator or campaign mode). I'm really excited about it and hope to have it finished before the end of December. It'll probably be the last major new piece of content before I start getting ready for launch early next year.

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About This Game

Welcome to the best dodgeball FPS ever made! Disco Dodgeball is a physics-based sports arena shooter that is basically gym class at a rave.

All combat is one-hit-kill projectile warfare and your only ammo is the ball you are holding. Dodge, deflect and catch enemy fire. Perform nasty 360 no-scope aerial stunt shots. Blow up your moustachioed robot opponents from long range with exploding glow-in-the-dark dodgeballs.

It's pure, simple, ridiculous fun. Includes singleplayer & multiplayer content (including free server hosting), stats, upgrades, powerups, and a wide array of unique game modes that require tactics and teamwork to succeed.

Current Features

  • Free Online Multiplayer with one-click server setup and LAN support
  • Singleplayer Modes like challenge scenarios with unlockable upgrades, or play bot matches against devious AI
  • Ten different dance club combat arenas that pulse to the beat of an amazing electronic music soundtrack
  • Seven multiplayer game modes with a wide range of challenges and objectives that will test your skills and teamwork (see below)
  • Skill shots including 360 helicopters, alley-oops, dunks, ricochets, and mid-air catches
  • Ridiculous powerups like Jetpacks, Huge Dodgeballs, Laser balls, and homing dodgeballs.
  • 60 Achievements to earn
  • Moustaches and sunglasses for your robot
  • Monster truck announcer to hype up your killstreaks
  • AlienFX-equipped computers will glow and pulse to match the arena lights

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Win 7, Win 8
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6.8 Snow Leopard
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.9 Mavericks
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 64-bit or 32-bit Ubuntu Linux
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 64-bit or 32-bit Ubuntu Linux
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Early Access Review
Markiplier showed me this game and I haven't looked back. One of the most unique and fun games I own on steam, would recommend to anyone. 10/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 2
Early Access Review
WHY ARE YOU READING THIS? BUY THE DAMN GAME! Trust me, it's worth it. This game, even in its beta, is one of the most fun games ive played in a while. It's the first dodgeball game that ive found enjoyable. Theres A LOT more to do than just dodgeball however, there are race mods, a mode called Hoops that feels like a mix of soccer and basketball, and a few others that are pretty fun as well. bottom line is if you like having fun, this game is for you!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
Early Access Review
Whenever someone asks me what my favourite games are, I always smile and then start blurting off about the Portal series, how Stanley Parable is like the best thing ever, why they should start playing SCP Containment Breach like right now and how Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball is possibly my favourite game of all time. When my mates and I get past the whole, "Wait, robot dodgeball disco wut?" part of this conversation it usually always ends up in the same way. I will happily go off into a spiel about how great this game is and how we should all get together and play it one day, only to have them go, "Oh ... okay" and have the conversation dropped. This is disappointing. But... the thing is... when I finally get them to play... They can't stop.

Prepare ye self for a fairly large review because this game deserves one.

Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball makes me squeal every time the menu boots up. Just... When the menu boots up, everything goes into slow motion for a second, goes back to reality, hits me in the face a few times and then places tingles up my back. The music. The in-sync lights. The rotating camera view. The font for goodness sake. Everything about that menu makes me so excited. So excited for what I'm about to get myself into. And oh, what you're about to get yourself into.

This game is all about skill. You need to practise for awhile to be even remotely good. But don't let that phase you. When you score you feel this rise of accomplishment that builds and builds as you get better at the game.

The game modes are vast and so are the maps which makes the game fun and prompts you to keep playing instead of shelving it and not playing again. Coupled with this, the graphics are pretty and even on my toaster run well and don't stick. The AI (Artificial Intelligence) is challenging and generally doesn't run into walls (trust me when I say that you will run into walls more often than the AI at first) and can have their difficulty changed to suit your level of expertise in the game. Also... the gameplay is smooth and responsive and rarely ever inhibits your skill in the game. You know those games that cause you to lose because of how awful the gameplay is (yeah I'm looking at you, awful camera view in newer Sonic games)? Well unless something drastic happens to the gameplay... I don't think you'll EVER have this happen to you in this game. If you lose, it's because you need to practise more. And I know ALL about this.

The multiplayer (online and on LAN) works wonderfully and my mates and I have only experienced small amounts of lag when joining lobbies (we live half way across the world from each other). It's fun and challenging and the competition runs high when playing together. It's great fun to chase down your friend and it's also terrifying being chased down.

The levelling up system in the game is stable and challenging. The more games you win, the more players you hit and the higher score you gain gains XP accordingly for your current level. It doesn't exactly feel gruelling (like levelling up in Skyrim ugh) but it does feel fair.

You can also customise your robot (your player model) with different moustaches, colours and, as you level up, you can add other accessories to your robot. What's better than devastating your friends in a death match whilst sporting a ringmasters moustache and a snazzy pair of red sunglasses. What's better than that?

Obviously there are some bugs and glitches, but they aren't game breaking and I rarely come across them unless I'm trying to propel myself full speed into another robot or at a wall (don't ask).

To top it off: the dev is friendly, adds great new features and fixes many problems as soon as possible whenever they rear their ugly head. The game gets regular updates because of this and it really does enhance the experience knowing that someone cares about this game and what people want for this game.

In conclusion, Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball is in great condition for being an early access game. The smooth gameplay, nice graphics, wonderful soundtrack, great AI, single player and multiplayer have been concocted into one amazing game that I and many others love. I just can't wait to see what the dev has in store for it upon it's release.

In retrospect here are the pros and the cons;

Pros

  • Gameplay is smooth
  • Graphics are nice
  • Great multiplayer online and on LAN
  • Soundtrack has been picked almost perfectly
  • AI is smart and works well
  • The whole premise of this game (playing as a robot) is amusing and fun
  • Customisation (moustaches :O)
  • Many different maps to play on
  • Many different game modes
  • Levelling up system
  • Friendly developer (yes... this is definitely a pro for the game)

Cons

  • Some non game breaking bugs and glitches here and there.
  • I kind've wish there were more songs (probably will be)
  • If you don't have friends to play with and if you're too afraid to play online with randoms, playing single player can be a little tiresome after awhile.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Early Access Review
Awesome game, friendly and dedicated developer, fun as hell.

If you like projectile based shooting, this is for you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 2
Early Access Review
Despite lag issues, still a solid arena shooter with interesting game modes and a bangin soundtrack.
Get a couple copies and play with friends.
Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 11
Early Access Review
If you're after a fun and authentic dodgeball experience (and you like dance music and party lights), look no further. Disco Dodgeball takes a simple idea and amps it up with sweet beats and colourful visual elements. Perfect as a party game to play with friends and equally fun alone, there are a bunch of game modes, neat power-ups and trickshots. I never thought I'd be as fond of this game as I've become, which to me is grounds for recommendation in itself. If I had to describe it in a word, it would definitely be FUN. Which sounds ambiguous, I know, but it's like every element of this game has been engineered to get you pumped up and excited to chuck balls at robots, which it totally does.

I've watched this game grow and adapt for quite awhile now and it really has come a long way, especially visually. The developer really listens to the community's ideas and is always working to fix and improve the game, which really shows. For a beta, this game is extremely solid. The only real negative to comment on is the lack of players at this point in time, but I really hope that changes upon full release because this game really, really deserves a good fanbase.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Early Access Review
Fun game nice devs.

10/10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 3
Early Access Review
Absolutely one of the best FPS games I've ever played. Always keeps me coming back for more.

Seriously, give the demo a try. You won't turn back.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 8
Early Access Review
THIS IS THE BEST GAME OF ALL TOIME
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 13
Early Access Review
Very energetic and enjoyable game. Runs extremely well for an alpha game and is constantly updated.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
Early Access Review
I've only played 20 miniutes of it and can i say GOTY 10/10. It is so fun to play and the music is just Rave-tastic. I haven't encountered anyone online yet becuase i haven't found a game but the bots could well be online people because they are that indifferent.

Worth the £6.99.

"10/10. Like Skyrim with guns" - IGN
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
Early Access Review
This game is WAY too fun. So far I've only played for about an hour and a half, but I can already tell it's amazing. The music playing in the background affects the colors flashing on the stage, which are brilliantly bright to the point where when it dims a bit, I can barely see where I'm going. Unlike FPS games like TF2 and CoD, this "FPS" game has no n00b level; after going through a short tutorial, I headed straight into a multiplayer game. Sure I wasn't that great at first, but after 30 minutes, I felt like a pro everytime I nailed someone. The controls are simple, there are multiple awesome stages, and dodgeballs everywhere. Despite only having played for a short period so far, this game is definitely up there in my favorites. I "own" this game through Family Share, but if you have ten bucks to spare, definitely buy this.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
Early Access Review
SO AMAZING.
So, take a rave party with epic music. Replace the glowsticks with dodgeballs, and the people with murderous robots. And you've got this game. Sweet graphics. AMAZING music. Awesome gameplay. Different gamemodes. Hours and hours of fun. It was worth it when i paid $15 for it. I'd reccomend it to anyone who loves rave parties, physical sports, or robot death macthes.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Early Access Review
I havn't played a game that got me this excited for many years. It's so energetic and exciting and kinda rekindles how games used to feel for me when I was younger. It's a lot of fun and definitely worth picking up.

You and everyone else are robots that zip around various different rooms and try and blow each other up with dodgeballs. It's fast paced, and me and some friends have been playing it together lately. Me and one other in particular pull some crazy stunts against each other, it's great. The level designs are great, there are quite a few game modes to choose from. The soundtrack is really good. There are powerups you can pick up around the room as well that will effect your movement or the dodgeball. You can play with real people and/or bots.

It's just pure awesome. Really refreshing title here. Worth every penny, if I spent a penny on it (it was gifted to me).

http://store.steampowered.com/curator/6340926/
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Early Access Review
Tons of fun, tons of dodgeball game modes, great music! Great way to waste a couple hours with your friends before work. 10/10
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Early Access Review
I was fortunate enough to win a copy of this game in a giveaway, and I was very happy to have had a chance to experience the awesomeness found within this crazy, intense game.

If you like first-person competitive gameplay, dodgeball, electronic dance music (EDM), and vibrant, colorful battlefields, then you will really enjoy this game.

The aesthetics are fantastic - each level is basically a light-show-heavy rave, further enhanced by a very good electronic dance music tracklist. I especially loved the fact that the track playing in the menu screen would continue as the in-game music (something that I really appreciate because I don't have to desynch to the music when a new track suddenly interrupts the one you had been initially listening to). You can customize your robot character's appearance a fair amount, with the option to unlock more pieces as you level up your account. The announcer's praise for unique moves you do (ex: air hits, bounce hits, denials, etc) adds to the intensity of the game, which is reminiscent of the fast-paced action typically experienced in games like the Unreal and Quake series'.

The controls are easy to grasp and helpful pop-up tutorials remind you of your keybindings for things like e-braking, boosting, etc. The learning curve is minimal to moderate, depending on your experience with first-person combat. Even against easy bots in singleplayer, you will have a very fun and challenging time familiarizing yourself with the game. During combat, you truly need to appreciate battlefield awareness because it is extremely easy to be hit from behind by a dodgeball. Furthermore, carelessly throwing your ball at an opponent may result in a catch, with auto-kills you and (even worse) brings back a downed opponent. You cannot catch twice in a row (you must throw a ball to reset your catch allotment), and this helps ensure that people do not simply camp and wait for their opponents to throw the first ball.

There are a variety of different levels, each with their own distinct layout that may result in you changing up your strategy (for example, one level consists of many pillars, so weaving in and out to dodge/juke your opponents attacks is a much more viable strategy here than, say, a level with large, open ground.

Pickups also litter the battlefield, adding advantages like homing dodgeballs, a temporary jetpack, fast/tighter maneuverability, or even laser (straight) shots. The powerups are random (much like Mario Kart's mystery powerups), so you may have to pick several up before you end up acquiring your favorite one. My personal favorite is the jetpack, since it really helps you achieve those beautiful "death from above" hits.

For many players, the combination of fast, upbeat EDM and color/light-intensive maps may be a turn off, as it can be a lot of noise for people more used to average-paced games (or even just average-paced presentation of stimuli). If this does not bother you, however, you will be in for quite a treat. The color/lights in the maps will change periodically in timing with the music, and I see a lot of potential here for further optimization of game music with game aesthetics (visual). I am hoping for an option of playing your own music in the future (I'd love to listen to one of my EDM mixes while watching the levels give a great lightshow while playing dodgeball).

There are a multitude of game modes - like team elimination, score attack, hold the dodgeball - that help keep the game fresh and entertaining. The community, at least from what I have seen, is both very friendly and helpful to newcomers. If you are able to play this game with a few friends, you will have a lot of fun.

Overall, if you are interested in fast-paced dodgeball with wonderful aesthetics, you must give this game a try. There is definitely a high amount of potential for this game to grow and develop, and I look forward to seeing the end product.

Highly recommend!

Cheers,
DJSF @DJSF's Rogue Reviews

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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
50.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Early Access Review
Massive amounts of fun for a small pricetag. Very reminiscent of old school instagib in my opinion, just made much more accessible. Being a "unicycle" with very limited boost and jump abilities really helps slow the game down to a very fun manageable pace. I would imagine beginners would be able to scrap together a few kills and have a good time while veterans are busy slamming the ball off your face with style (mid-air 360s), and are rewarded for that.

Great soundtrack and super fun gameplay (even solo with bots, moreso with friends though).

The game is early access and beware, there are still some odd bugs like not actually picking up a ball when you may have thought you grabbed it. There are also issues matchmaking with friends, but I would imagine come release this game will take full advantage of Steam and being able to join/invite friends.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Early Access Review
This game is freaking fantastic to jump into for a few minutes with your friends, and then just get lost in. I once intended to play for an hour or so and then found myself still playing after about six. The networking code is solid, the colors and glow effects are fantastic, the gameplay is fair, the pace is fast, the game is fun, the time is now! Buy the game!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
22.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
Early Access Review
Bought it, Slammed my ball into the dev's face.
10/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Early Access Review
This game is definitely worth spending money on. It's EXTREMELY fun to play! The colorful lights and arenas to the awesome soundtrack. You will easily lose track of time while playing this. And of course, they're robots, playing a deadly game of dodgeball, in a roller disco setting. What's not to love about that?
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