“ Manufacturer: Sony / genre: Puzzle / Release Date: 1998 „
Kula World is a game based on beach balls. The aim is straight forward; you must roll around platforms and collect keys to unlock the next level and attempt to pick up as many other objects as possible on the way while making sure to miss the spikes and other dangers.
There are a number of different levels, including bonus levels, that require thought and quite a bit of time to complete. Each level you have a different platform and you must roll around each side of it and even jump from one platform to another. The platforms are 3D and one wrong move can see you falling into the emptiness that surrounds you. As you progress the puzzles become harder and you can easily get confused about which side of the platform you must be on and, if you're not careful, you may just hit a dangerous square.
The idea of the game seems easy enough, but once you start to play you realise just how tricky it can be.
The game isn't just single player. There is a multiplayer option. When playing two player you can do a time trial or copy game. The time trail is basically as it sounds, you both have to complete the same puzzle in the quickest time possible. The copy game involves one player making moves and the other copying them. When someone makes a mistake the other is awarded a point.
The controls are easy to learn as you mainly just have to use the directional buttons to guide the beach ball and jump. This means you can happily focus on the puzzles as you won't be worrying about pressing the wrong button or forgetting what you need to press.
This game really is suitable for the whole family to play. There's no real faults with this game. The only thing I would say is that if you roll over a pill the screen does go strange, which can give you a headache after a while. It does make the game more challenging and adds a bit more to the game, but at times it's something you really wish wasn't there.
Audio and Graphics:
There wasn't much audio in the game apart from a few sound effects and a small bit of music before the game started. The main sound effect is that of the beach ball bouncing along, which can get annoying after a while. The graphics in some ways are great considering it is in 3D. Each object in the game is simple though and doesn't require detailed graphics like other games do.
This is good game if you like a bit of a challenge and want to play something a bit different, whether alone or with a friend. Kula World is a rare game, but it's worth playing if you get the chance to.
Well, I still don't have a proper, hard copy of this game! I have downloaded it on PS3 format as I still really don't want to pay full price for it! On ebay the cheapest I've found it (Buy it Now) is £19.99 and the cheapest I've seen on Amazon is £34.99. If you're interested the most expensive was on Amazon for £55.00 and if you weren't interested then unlucky! Now you know anyway!
So what's it all about? Kula World is an infuriatingly simple game of bounce the ball and exit the level before time runs out. It's a 3d platform based puzzle game (got that bit off wikipedia couldn't think of a way to describe it). Yes, it sounds simple but I have never in my life been so angry at a beach ball! Each level is timed by a sand timer and most levels have a sand timer as a collectable item. Don't pick it up unless you're running out of time because if you've only been playing the level for 10 seconds, you end up flipping your timer and end up with 10 seconds left to get out! So this can be your best friend or your worst enemy.
The main items you need to pick up are keys. There maybe more than one key to collect but once you have it you can leave the level. There are other items to collect like coins and fruit (collect enough fruit and you unlock bonus levels), and other little gems and treasures. You collect points for collecting these items but points are also taken away if you get spiked or end up jumping off the edge of the level - massive frustration because you KNOW you didn't mean to do that but the angle of the level had you totally confused! I think you also get three chances. There's only so much puncture repair a beach ball can take!
It has a great 90s kind of look to it, especially on the bonus levels (the two I have managed to play so far!!) and even though the graphics aren't amazing but it's a game full of great colours and all about simplicity. It also has a gret soundtrack, nice and chilled out in the background and simple sound effects.
I have never completed this game. After reading through what it says on wikipedia about the game I'd really like to seeing as there are so many more ways to destroy your ball. And in vain I will keep trying but I will be SO surprised if I ever do finish it!
Not a game for those with a short temper or those with neck problems (don't be surprised if at times you find yourself with your head at an almost 180 degree angle to your neck!) And even though it's over ten years old it hasn't lost any of its appeal.