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Giraffe Volleyball Championship is a simple 2D physics game in which you embody a giraffe and battle it out to be the ultimate giraffe volleyball champion.
There are two ways to play the game, to play against the computer or to play against another player locally. You play on a volleyball court as a giraffe and the first to five points wins the game, you score a point by getting the ball to land on your opponent's side of the court. Here the game gives you the ability to move up, down, left and right to manoeuvre yourself around the court to block/hit the ball, you are also able to 'kick' the ball which essentially means to extend your neck quickly to hit the ball harder. Your head lags behind the body slightly so in order to hit the ball you need to plan ahead to position your head properly. The ball spawns alternatingly on each side of the court after each round.
Giraffes Volleyball Championship can only be explained as a casual challenge giraffe volleyball simulation game. It has many elements of a challenge game but is quite casual in its nature due to the fact that you're playing a giraffe, so whether you win or lose you still end up having a good time. The background music to the game has a chilled out feeling which further reinforces it being a more casual game. The sounds effects when hitting the ball or scoring a point, make the game feel very satisfying to play, the game continually rewards you for doing well. Additionally, the art style of the game is very simple and aesthetically pleasing, there are small masks/hats that the giraffes sometimes wear which is a cool little bonus that adds to the casual aspect of the game.
However, underneath this layer of casual aesthetics, there is still an aspect of challenge and competition. The way that the head moves around as it lags behind the body requires positioning to be able to position yourself correctly in order to hit the ball. Furthermore, the way that the giraffe is shaped is extremely awkward for volleyball, you find that if the ball falls behind you that it is difficult to get it back to moving forwards again as it hooks onto the back of your neck and is continually getting dragged backwards. The game always has to have a winner, it is impossible to have a tie as it is the first to five points, this encourages the competitive aspect the game even more. Therefore even though this is quite a casual game there are competitive and challenge aspects that make it feel satisfying when you do well and improve on the mechanics.
I just wanted to spend a second to mention the local multiplayer feature, so many games nowadays only have online multiplayer and local multiplayer seems to be dying out. I love the fact that this game has local multiplayer, the controls are simple and it brings another experience the ability to play this casual challenge game against your friends while they're sitting next to you. I grew up playing these fun casual competitive games against my brother and I think that it's important to consider these features.
Giraffes Volleyball Championship is a fun casual challenge game that you'll spend half your time laughing at the ridiculous moments and spend the other half of your time trying to master the controls for that sweet shot at victory. It's a game that is polished, feels good to play and knows its boundaries, I would love to see more features added onto the game but for now I'll just strive to be the ultimate giraffe volleyball champion.