Senran Kagura: Peach Ball - Switch Review


Do you have a hankering for pinball? Do you like cute fuzzy animals? Busty anime girls? Well then, have I got good news for you.

Senran Kagura Peach Ball is a spin off of the Senran Kagura series that is well know for its busty ninja squad. Having now gotten a spin-off where you can finally handle your balls without people looking at you funny, okay, maybe they still will, Peach Ball has you, an anonymous unseen character, help the ninja girls out after they’ve accidentally been turned into animals due to one of Haruka’s potions that she was brewing in an arcade bathroom. The method to turn them back? Get a small ball to vibrate and hit the girls with it. Apparently Haruka has also rigged a pinball machine to do this in her spare time, so you can coax the girls onto the pinball machine, smack the ball around a bit, and then proceed to hit their bust and butt with the pinball. Yes, I’m serious, no, I don’t intend to play this game in public.

As far as gameplay goes, it’s pretty much just straight up pinball. Of course there are a bunch of gimmicks to make it stand out, but ultimately the biggest issue you’re going to face is how little there really is going on. With five characters and only two tables that you’ll be going back and forth on, Peach Ball isn’t a game that I’d probably spend any more than maybe half an hour at a time playing. Is it bad? Definitely not. Could it be a lot better? Most assuredly so.


The standard pinball stuff is all there: bumpers, spinning doors, tracks that loop around the play field, and challenges to help rack up the score. Unlike in traditional pinball, there are a couple of tweaks Peach Ball has for you. First off is the fact that the girl you’re trying to un-anthropomorphize is sitting in the center of the board, and you can “bop” her for points. If you hit enough times and in the right places you can knock her down for a score bonus. Secondly we have challenges which come in batches of three and are listed on the right hand side of the screen. These challenges can give item rewards that can act as score boosts or helpful functions, such as giving you a ball return.

Next up we have the fact that the game basically encourages you to TILT, very much opposed to real life pinball machines. While the table may lean in your favor (heh, puns), that doesn’t mean the games are super easy either. Or I could just be really bad at pinball. The final item of note is that you have “gated” score sections. Once you hit a certain amount of points, you start a “sexy challenge”. Complete three and you get to do a super sexy challenge which ends in the girl turning back to normal. Usually these consist of hitting objects moving around a circular zone and you having an infinite amount of ball returns, but they are timed.


The story line is quirky and super corny, but played for laughs, and the gameplay is fun, albeit a bit lacking in content, if not quality. While there isn’t really anything wrong with Peach Ball, I feel like it could have been a lot better if there were a few more table and characters. While two tables only get you so far, the massive amount of unlockables in the in-game store may keep you playing in order to unlock them. Currency is rewarded after clearing stages depending on completed missions and score.

If you’re hankering for some pinball and were looking for something with a little more fanservice than a shiny metal orb, good news is Senran Kagura Peach Ball is available for you to sidle up to. Now excuse me while I go bop a catgirl…

Game Information

Platform:
Nintendo Switch
Developer(s):
Honey Parade Games
Publisher(s):
XSEED
Marvelous
Genre(s):
Arcade
Mode(s):
Single Player
Other Platform(s):
N/A

Source:
Provided by Publisher




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