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Nintendojo (2007)
While movie tie-in games should be approached with caution, Balls of Fury is an exception to that rule. It achieves its success by landing solid gameplay first and letting the movie tie-ins follow after. Overall, Balls of Fury for DS delivers surprisingly solid touch control ping-pong action on the go.
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GameSpot (Sep 28, 2007)
As long as you don't need to be blown away by the graphics, you'll probably enjoy Balls of Fury. The Nintendo DS's dual-screen layout and touch-based control method provide an accessible, intuitive depiction of the sport of table tennis, and the game itself is genuinely fun.
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IGN (Oct 08, 2007)
Yep, I was surprised that Balls of Fury turned out to be a playable, challenging game of Table Tennis on the Nintendo DS. The license is barely used and the design's about as funny as an episode of Small Wonder, but at least the Ping Pong is solid.
60
Pocket Gamer UK (Oct 19, 2007)
An enjoyable table tennis starring the characters from the film, Balls of Fury's touchscreen controls make it fun to play, even if the AI isn't always perfect.
58
GameAlmighty.com (Oct 03, 2007)
You can play on Wi-Fi…if you find another being who owns the game that is. Balls of Fury was entertaining for a short period of time, but it does get repetitive pretty fast. Thankfully it’s priced appropriately and provides enough entertainment in small doses to justify the cost.
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GameZone (Oct 02, 2007)
Overall, this is an Ok game. It’s not going to be an award winner, and it might not stay in your heart or mind for too long, but it is a fresh new game for the DS. There could have been a few improvements made here and there to enhance the total experience. For now, we certainly have a nice model if ever a developer needs to satisfy another urge to make a Ping-Pong game.
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Game Captain (Mar 17, 2008)
Als einstiger Vereinsspieler bin ich eigentlich dankbar für jedes Futter, das diesen schönen Sport versucht umzusetzen. Doch Balls of Fury ist eine einzige Beleidigung für das Tischtennis. Der Film mag ja vielleicht noch lustig sein, aber bei der Umsetzung vergeht mir binnen Minuten die Freude. Viel zu simples Gameplay, ein übertriebener Schwierigkeitsgrad und kaum motivierende Modi sind dafür hauptverantwortlich. Die dürftige Präsentation und die nervigste Musik der Sportgeschichte geben dem Spiel schließlich den Rest. Selbst wer überzeugter Fan dieses Sports ist, sollte hier die Finger von lassen. Im Netz gibt es gratis wesentlich bessere Alternativen für den PC. Und wer unbedingt Tischtennis auf dem DS spielen will, kann auch gleich zu Mario & Sonic bei den Olympischen Spielen greifen, die einzelne Disziplin dort hält mit dem kompletten Balls of Fury locker mit.
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In the end, Balls of Fury is just another movie game that pushes the envelope of how bad things can get when someone says, "We need a movie tie-in game for our crappy film!" Seriously, Balls of Fury is a terrible movie with a terrible licensed game attached to it. This game's existence makes it even harder for me to accept that we'll probably never see a game based on Sophie's Choice, Beaches or Forrest Gump. Stay as far from Balls of Fury as possible; the movie sucks, the game sucks and I'd feel personally responsible if any part of this review made you think, "Hey, it couldn't be that bad…" It is.


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