Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One game or two on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!
Tonight we played Stikbold: A Dodgeball Adventure from Curve Digital. Stikbold is a zany, fantasy-themed dodgeball game. Read on for quick impressions, contest winners, and the full video replay.
Stikbold: A Dodgeball Adventure
What's the last great dodgeball game you played? Probably Super Dodgeball on some old console or portable. Stikbold is a bold new dodgeball game for the modern era. Featuring a blocky cartoonish art style, fantasy-themed levels, and lots of humor, this is a perfect family dodgeball game.
Stikbold features something you wouldn't expect from an indie "sports" game – a fully-fledged 12-level Story Mode for one or two local players. When a mysterious man in a devil costume kidnaps our two heroes' lady love, they must embark on a madcap journey to rescue her before the big tournament. They'll battle hippies, bikers, beach bums, and much more in their quest for the best (lady).
Story aside, Stikbold needs a fun dodgeball engine. It plays a bit like a twin-stick shooter, with the left stick moving and the right stick aiming throws. Teams will do battle on a beach as waves and grabs attack, an oil platform plagued by waterspouts, a volcanic area with pools of lava, and more.
Besides a relatively lengthy and inarguably wacky Story Mode, the meat of Stikbold's experience comes from local multiplayer battles (online play is not supported). 1-4 players can compete on one console (it has no online play, unfortunately). Multiplayer features lots of options to keep the dodging and balling fresh.
Watch us play Stikbold's story mode for a taste of dodgeball-themed insanity, and be sure to read our full review!
We'll be streaming Stikbold: A Dodgeball Adventure for ~90 minutes tonight, starting at 9pm Eastern (8pm Central, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT). During that time, we'll be giving out a total of 20 game codes:
- 10 for Xbox One
- 5 for PlayStation 4 (North American accounts only)
- 5 for Steam
To enter, just follow us at Twitch.tv/WindowsCentral (making sure to enable email notifications!) and tune in during the stream. You can watch the stream right here in this post, but you need to actually participate in the stream chat to have a chance at winning. We'll deliver codes to the winners via Twitch message (PM) during the stream. No code begging!
Feel free to stick around in chat before and after the stream if you have any questions or just want to say hi. If you enjoy the stream, be sure to check our schedule and come back for more!
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Want to know what's next for Windows Central's Twitch programming? We stream a different game every Saturday (and sometimes Sunday). The stream always starts at the same time: 9pm Eastern (8pm Central, 6pm Pacific, 1am GMT). Over the next few weeks, we'll be streaming the following (schedule not finalized):
- Saturday, April 23: Killing Floor 2 (Steam) with special guest host Russell Holly!
- Saturday, April 30: Arslan: The Warriors of Legend from Koei Tecmo – A $60 value!
- Saturday, May 7: Neverwinter: The Maze Engine – See the new Neverwinter expansion and win a premium mount!
- Saturday, May 14: Octodad: Deadiest Catch with special guest cohost, Philip Tibitoski from developer Young Horses!
We hope you'll tune in as often as you can! Set a recurring alarm on your phone so you'll always know when it's time for the stream to start.
These guys and gals are going to throw some balls around.
Tonight's prizes provided by Curve Digital. Thanks also to our Twitch stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!
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